Culture Weekend comes to Kildare

Culture night which offers the public a free night of entertainment and discovery around the county will now take place over a full weekend from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 of September.

Culture night which offers the public a free night of entertainment and discovery around the county will now take place over a full weekend from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 of September.

Culture Night was initiated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust in 2006 and has since been expanding across the Country. It helps to create an awareness and interest in the availability and diversity of cultural organisations such as galleries, theatres, historic sites, museums, public spaces, churches, nature parks, libraries that are available at local level.

“This year events will span across the whole weekend, allowing the events to families and people who want to visit a number of events across the county,” said Eoghan Doyle, Assistant County Arts Officer

“The focus of Culture Weekend is to encourage new participants and visitors to take note of your organisation and hopefully return to you during the year.”

Culture Night 2011 has been hailed as a great success in County Kildare.

Arts and cultural organisations are encouraged to open their doors until late with free events, tours, talks and performances for family and friends to enjoy. Kildare County Council will supply and design the posters, programmes, balloons and advertising for newspapers and local radio to help promote the events. Past events have included soirees at NUI Maynooth, in the Japanese Gardens, a Bat Walk in Donadea and performances by the Maynooth Gospel Choir and the County Kildare Orchestra.The invitation to take part is still open to all organisations or facilities, including arts, craft, sport, heritage, natural and other amenities. Those taking part will be expected to open their doors to the general public and waive admission fees for the night. For more information about taking part, call Brídín Fogarty 087 7653643 or email culturenightkildare@gmail.com.

- Paula Campbell