Culture Night – Friday 20 Sept 2019

Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year, it will take place on Friday 20th September 2019. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural Institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge.

Culture Night has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it now is, with some 400,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the island. The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.

Culture Night –

  • Encourages more people to visit cultural venues and experience culture in their locality
  • Reminds us all about the fantastic cultural facilities and resources that we have locally and nationally
  • Raises the profile of cultural organisations, activities and facilities
  • Encourages people to try new things and to get into the habit of going more often to cultural venues and activities in their locality
  • Makes it easier for people to play a role in their local cultural scene
  • Helps create a sense of community and belonging

Culture Night in Bray

2019 marks Wicklow’s 10th year of participation in this national event. Bray has a number of different FREE events on the night and they include:


Mr. Sands, Bray’s one and only award-winning youth theater, will be performing SHORTS in the Bandstand on the seafront as part of this year’s Culture Night celebrations. SHORTS is a series of scenes, songs and sketches that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.  With excerpts from Monty Python, Shakespeare, Friel and Wilde, not to mention a selection of comic songs – the bandstand will be shaking with laughter!  See you there!

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Genres: Performance / Theatre

Features: Family friendly / Wheelchair accessible

Address: Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

No Booking Required

An Evening of Readings and Music

Our Culture Night launch this year will include “Shirley McClure – A Celebration”, with readings from the Bray poet’s posthumous collection: Origami Doll (Arlen House, 2019) by Philip Beck. We will have music from Mood Swings – the wonderfully harmonic Bray trio, as well as short fiction and poetry from young writers from Fighting Words, Glencree, along with members of the Irish Writers’ Centre’s “New Irish Communities” group. Winners of our flash fiction and poetry competitions will also be announced on the night!

Time: 7.30pm – 9:30pm

Genres: Literature / Music / Performance / Poetry

Features: Wheelchair accessible

Address: Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow


Launching – Artwork on River Dargle Flood Defence scheme

Conceived as a reflection on the physicality of sound and our experience of sound in public space, artist David Beattie has created a series of sculptures along the river walk that will highlight and accentuate the flow of the river and the tidal shift of the sea in Bray port. A number of free standing cast terrazzo forms are located along the walkway, arranged and positioned to gather the ambient sounds of the surrounding environment.

Join us on Culture Night for an informal coffee and launch on the new Riverwalk – entrance on Fran O’Toole Bridge.  The artist will be in conversation with our Culture Nighters and there will be discussion from guest artists.

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Genres: Other

Features: Family friendly / Wheelchair accessible

Address: Riverwalk, Fran O’Toole Bridge

No Booking Required

Free Culture Night Screening – Mars Attacks!

Affectionately harkening back to the deadpan sincerity of such ’50s and ’60s science-fiction films as The Day the Earth Stood Still and War of the World, Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! is pure fantasy fun. Flying saucers have been reliably seen over the capitals of the world, and the whole world awaits with bated breath to see what will transpire. Among those waiting is the President of the United States (Jack Nicholson), who is assured by his science advisor (Pierce Brosnan) that the coming aliens are utterly peaceful. This advice is hotly contested by the military (led by Rod Steiger), who advises the President to annihilate them. When the aliens land, they are seen to be green, garish, and very cheerful. But appearances prove deceiving when the “friendly” aliens abruptly disintegrate the entire U.S. Congress. Hollywood notables appear in vast quantities in roles (and sub-plots) of all sizes in this zany feature

Time: 5.30pm – 7pm

Genres: Screening

Facilities: Café

Address: Bray Civic Centre, Main Street, Bray, co. Wicklow


Phone: (01) 272 4030

Shaking Bog

Join award winning poet and non-fiction writer Nell Regan and critically acclaimed cellist, singer-songwriter Mary Barnencutt for a great night out on Culture Night – there will be songs, there will be poems, there will be chat and cello!

Time: 6.30pm – 8pm

Genres: Literature / Music / Performance / Poetry

Address: Dublin Rd, Kilgarran, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow


Phone: (01) 286 4339

No Booking Required


Signal Arts centre will be celebrating Culture Night this year with the creation of a series of Environment themed community art projects. Our team of artists will host workshops in schools and community groups in the lead up to Culture Night to create a variety of art pieces.  We are going to employ an artist to create some relevant wirework pieces and these will become part of a collaborative art project that will be installed in several locations around the Albert Walk and Albert Avenue.  This will showcase how the community at large views the changes in our wildlife, weather and seas through the art work.  On the day there will be different activities outside for the children to get involved with and the day ends with an Opening of Conleth Gent Sculptural Exhibition “Woodland Walks” in the Gallery from 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Time: 4pm – 9:30pm

Genres: Arts and Crafts / Visual Art / Workshop

Features: Family friendly

Address: 1 Albert Ave, Bray, Co. Wicklow


Phone: (01) 276 2039

Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Wicklow County Council. Read more here.

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