Here’s everything film fans need to know for Culture Night 2017

It’s time to get cultured film fans. Culture Night 2017 takes place this Friday 22 September, with venues and public spaces across the Ireland opening their doors to free evenings of entertainment. Culture Night has been running for 13 years now and 2017 promises to be its biggest programme to date, with live music, poetry, workshops of all kinds and more taking place all over the country. What this means of course is that this Friday, the fair city of film is going to be even busier than ever, with dozens of events taking place that will appeal to cinephiles of all ages. From kid-friendly workshops with the geniuses at Cartoon Saloon to short film screenings and more, there’s loads to do and not all in places you might expect (ever been to a movie screening at the co-op?). With the help of Culture Night we’ve compiled everything film-related taking place all across Dublin on Culture Night 2017 for you to check out, along with what’s on, when, where and the websites.

A4 Sounds

A4 Sounds once again welcomes visitors to their arts space and gallery for a diverse programme of events. Get hands-on with ReCreate Ireland, or take in live performances, animation workshops, shadow puppetry, storytelling, music and studio tours. Join a special satellite event outdoors at Blessington Square around the corner from the studio, featuring short film and animation screenings, and live scores for silent films.

When: 5pm – 11pm

Where: St Joseph’s Parade, Upper Dorset St, D7


A4 Sounds on Screen @ Blessington Court

A4 Sounds, working together with BLEND Residents’ Association, bring you a night of film events in the square at Blessington Court. Featuring a special edition of the Firehouse Film Contest, which screens short, usually funny, films made in the previous month (and gives some of them medals!), as well as highlights from the Hackfest Alternative Animation Festival, a festival of weird and wonderful animation & live scores for short silent films from the A4 Sounds Secret Sonic Cinémathèque ensemble.

When 6pm – 10pm

Where: Blessington Court, Dorset St, D1


Amnesty International Ireland

Are you BRAVE enough? Brave is an ordinary person with a heart. Brave is speaking out for others. Brave is standing up against injustice. Human Rights Defenders are the REAL superheroes in the world. Take a tour of Amnesty International’s offices to see their collection of human rights art and films and learn ab?out their ?Brave Campaign in support of Human Rights Defenders. Become a human rights superhero yourself and make your own superhero mask.You can finish off your visit with a trip to the 7th floor that offers a spectacular view of the city. All are welcome.

When: 5pm – 10.30pm

Where: 48 Fleet Street, Dublin 2


Phone: 01 863 8300

Barnardo Square

From 7.15pm – 7.45pm

Pop-up performance by the Dublin Discovery Choir.

From 8.15pm – 9pm

Experience Arc, a breathtaking architectural spectacle by Aerial Cirque that combines fearless vertical dance by Ria Murphy and enigmatic visual mapping by Petko Tanchev.

From 9pm – 10pm

Come and enjoy a selection of short films  from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board in a very special outdoor setting. The programme will include new, and not so new, award-winning and critically acclaimed home-grown Irish drama and animation.

My Life for Ireland
Director: Kieron J Walsh

Second to None
Director: Vincent Gallagher

Director: Louise Ní Fhiannachta

Director: Tom Caulfield

Mr Yeats and The Beastly Coins
Director: Ann Marie Hourihane

City of Roses
Director: Andrew Kavanagh


Time: 6pm – 10pm

Address: Dame Street, Dublin 2

Phone: 01 453 0355

The Central Bank of Ireland

This will be the Central Bank of Ireland’s first participation in Culture Night since moving to its new home in North Wall Quay.

The Bank will host a range of activities in its Visitor Centre, including displaying and discussing a variety of items from its archive. There will also be music related to the Bank, and a short film focussed on construction of the new headquarters and the move from Dame Street to the new Dockland Campus.

When: 5pm – 9pm

Where: New Wapping St, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1


Phone: 01 224 6000

Civic Theatre

Enjoy excerpts from 12 Minute Dances by Liz Roche Company, revisit classic Irish Myths for all the family told by Candlelit Tales, get to sneak preview Inish Theatre’s DTF bound new play Class, become part of Tallaght Choral Society for the night as they invite you to Join in the favourites, and much more. See Civic website for bookings & details.

When: 5pm – 11pm

Where: Tallaght, Dublin 24


Phone: 01 462 7477

The Complex

Stream is a trio of artists that organises, curates and presents exhibitions. Stream will occupy the ground floor space of The Complex for Culture Night, marking their third Dublin exhibition. They will present a group exhibition of Dublin based early-career visual artists. They aim to create a multi-disciplinary show, with no preference to any particular medium. They take an experimental approach to the curation, and artists involved are encouraged to create brand new work for the show. For Culture Night, Stream are asking artists involved to make work in response to current Western social values.

When: 5pm – 10pm

Where: 15 Little Green St, Dublin 7


Phone: 01 544 6922

Deaf Village Ireland

The Irish Deaf society, in association with Shamrock Deaf Films featuring a special international Deaf film and screening short Irish films made by talented Deaf and hard of hearing film makers. The event will also showcase art works by Irish Deaf artists from a selection of photographs, painting, ceramics and graphics. The event is part of our Irish Sign Language week promoting diversity in communication and preservation of Deaf culture. See website or Facebook for more updates and information.

When: 1pm – 11pm

Where: Ratoath Rd, Cabra, Dublin 7


Phone: 01 860 1878

The Digital Hub

Visit The Digital Hub campus, in the heart of the historic Liberties area of Dublin 8, for a special outdoor film screening under the iconic St. Patrick’s Tower. The Digital Hub and Audi Dublin International Film Festival in association with The Irish Film Institute will present ‘Dublin 8 on Film’, a programme of films preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive. This rare footage has been compiled into a 30 minute piece and will be screened twice; at 8:00pm and 9:30pm. See website for more information.

When: 8pm – 10pm

Where: Digital Depot, Roe Lane (off Thomas Street), The Digital Hub, Dublin 8


Draíocht Blanchardstown

Meet the Artist Michael McLoughlin for a lunchtime talk at 1pm; Enjoy 3 FREE Cinema Screenings – Shorts for Wee Ones 4.30pm (for ages 3+) / Shorts for Middle Ones 6pm (for ages 8+) and The Farthest at 8pm (PG). Teenagers are invited to dip their toes into a Youth Theatre Workshop with D15 Youth Theatre. Book now by calling box office or through the link below.

When: 1pm – 10pm

Where: Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15


Phone: 01 885 2622

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

This year Culture Night @ The Hugh Lane rhymes with Equinox! As a new season begins, join us to celebrate an evening of culture with vocal performances, speed touring, family workshops and a film screening in conjunction with the exhibition The Ocean After Nature. So do drop in and watch, move, participate, hear, make and express yourself as part of a wide range of events for all ages!

When: 5pm – 10pm

Where: Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1


Phone: 01 222 5550

Dublin Food Co-op

Food is culture, it is heritage, and it needs to be freely accessible to all and preserved as a valuable knowledge. To celebrate food and agriculture, the Dublin Food Co-op will partner with growers and producers to held a night-time market, with live music, talks about the art of growing and sharing sustainable food, a movie screening, and more events.

When: 5pm – 11pm

Where: 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8


Phone: 01 454 4258

Flying Turtle Productions

Join Flying Turtle Productions for a 20 minute immersive live performance involving trained actors in costume as Film Noir characters ala the 1940’s black and white films such as the detective, the femme fatale, gangsters etc. They will bring small groups of 12-18 audience members at a time into the performance provided they know the password: “SPEAK EASY” Ability to climb stairs is required and it is recommended for adults or young people age 10 and older. Flying Turtle Productions provides part-time evening courses in Drama and Public Speaking, as well as film and theatre production. Please see website for full details. Advanced booking required as most performances sell out!

When: 6pm – 11pm

Where: Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse St, Dublin 2


Phone: 086 824 4826

Goethe-Institut Irland

Immerse yourself in Germany’s diverse culture!

Did you know that the bicycle was invented 200 years ago in Germany? Watch short films with and about bikes, listen to fairy tales from Germany, see the comic exhibition by Irish artist Fergal McCarthy as part of the Goethe-Institut’s project “Picture Politics”.
Also, there are prizes at a German-Irish quiz to be won and information about our language classes and the activities of our programme department and library.

Enjoy German food and drink – all welcome!

When: 5pm – 10pm

Where: 62 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2


Phone: 01 680 1110

Irish Film Institute (IFI)

IFI SHORT & SWEET 2017: Presenting 3 programmes of family-friendly Irish shorts, this colourful array of material from the IFI Irish Film Archive focuses on films featuring children and young people from the 1940s to the present day. The programmes offer audiences a whistle-stop tour through the history of short film production in Ireland and will include newsreels, ads, public information films, animations and short dramas.

When: 6pm – 10pm

Where: 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2


Phone: 01 679 3477

Irish Potato Famine Exhibition

The Irish Potato Famine Exhibition
The Irish Potato Famine has been described as the greatest single peacetime tragedy in Western Europe
since the 14th Century Black Death.
This exhibition tells the story of what happened through a series of 50 display panels and a 15 minute film.
Rare photographs from private collections are included, such as those of an Irish Labourer and tenant farmers from 1853, and Florence Burke who emigrated from Cork in 1848.

When: 6pm – 10pm

Where: Top Floor, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2


Phone: 01 478 0888

Lighthouse Cinema

Experience live read-throughs of famous movie scenes, animation workshops in association with Cartoon Saloon, a special family Cinema Book Club screening of Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox followed by discussion and live music in the bar. The cinema will be running an exclusive Culture Night competition to win a schools programme screening for your class! Winner to be drawn on the night.

When: 5pm – 11pm

Where: Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7


Phone: 01 872 8006

The MART Gallery

On Culture Night 2017 MART Gallery, will open late for the closing night of our exhibtion Freedom of Movement. The exhibition features two video art works from the German artists NINA FISCHER and MAROAN EL SANI. Both works – ‘Freedom of Movement’ (9:45 min, 2017) and ‘Identity’s Rule of Three’ (20 min, 2015) – will be screened on a loop throughout the evening. The works deal with issues of identity and immigration.

When: 5pm – 9pm

Where: 190a Rathmines Rd Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6


Phone: 01 515 9692

Pavilion Theatre

Throughout the day, there will be a diverse mix of free events taking place at Pavilion Theatre, with something to suit every age and interest, from live music to cinema screenings and theatre.

3.30pm: Shorts for Wee Ones (Cinema)
Perfect for kids age 3 and up, Shorts for Wee Ones is a basket of adorable and hilarious short films from around the world. Sure to keep tiny film fans happy.

4.45pm: Shorts for Middles Ones (Cinema)
A collection of short films for those aged 8 or older, which present some very different aspects of the world in which we live – challenging, mystical, celebratory, inquiring and fun.

7pm: Loah (Music)
Singer-songwriter Loah (AKA Sallay Matu Garnett) draws inspiration from her African and Irish heritage to create a bewitching, soulful musical canvas she has dubbed “ArtSoul”.

8pm: Julie Feeney (Music)
Sharp witted, unpretentious and fiercely passionate, Julie Feeney is a hugely enjoyable performer. Composer, singer, orchestrator, songwriter and producer, don’t miss your chance to see a true artist with immense vision.

9pm: End of Day by Samuel Beckett (Theatre)
This one-man show was originally commissioned by ‘Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 2016’ and provides audiences a rare opportunity to enjoy, in one show, some of Beckett’s most profound and entertaining work

10.15pm: The Young Offenders (Cinema)
The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie about best friends Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork who dress the same, act the same, and even have the same bum-fluff moustaches.

When: 3pm – 11pm

Where: Marine Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin


Phone: 01 231 2929

Port Perspectives – port | river | city

This commissioned work takes the form of a unique programme of screenings and site-specific moving image installations curated by Alice Butler & Daniel Fitzpatrick of aemi and artist Cliona Harmey. Over the course of three weeks in September (17 – 29), the project traces a journey along the River Liffey from Dublin Port’s most eastern point at Poolbeg Lighthouse on the Great South Wall into its inner city and now invisible waterways, offering new possibilities for engagement with Dublin’s port and its history.

The Culture Night event will focus on the contributions of three artists- Cliona Harmey, Vanessa Daws and Dan Shipsides.

Vanessa Daws’ art practice explores place through swimming and for port | river | city she has created a new multi-screen Liffey-based work. Daws’ work will be back-projected onto the street-level windows of the Dublin Docklands Dublin City Council building on Custom House Quay (opposite chq). Cliona Harmey’s new work also shown here and at T5 Field Cinema will stream footage from the interior space of Poolbeg Lighthouse, offering the public the chance, for a limited time, to experience a view that is ordinarily out of reach.

TheT5 Field Cinema will park further down on North Wall Quay (opposite new Central Bank) and will feature a programme of selected experimental film works (Helouise O’Reilly, David Donohoe, William Raban, Shipsides and Beggs, Dara Flanagan). This will run from 7-9pm.

port | river | city is a commissioned work by Dublin Port Company as part of Port Perspectives.

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Address: Dublin Docklands, Dublin City Council, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1


Portuguese Language Centre

Visit the only school in Ireland specialising exclusively in teaching Portuguese. Established in 2010, we are opening our doors for Culture Night for the first time to bring you an evening of Brazilian music, lusophone film excerpts and readings from some of the best known writers and poets in Portuguese from Brazil, Portugal and Angola. Enjoy a ‘cafezinho’ with teachers and staff whilst browsing our mini-library or learning about the Portuguese speaking countries through our ‘Our worlds’ exhibition.

When: 5pm – 10.30pm

Where: 9 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1


Phone: 087 164 1521

Temple Bar gallery + Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios will be open for an extended time with Double Movement, an exhibition of film, sculpture, text and photography by Gavin Murphy, McCullough Mulvin Orange, an exhibition featuring a series of new works by artist Mark Orange produced in collaboration with Dublin architect Niall McCullough, and tours of artists’ studios offering a rare opportunity to meet some of Ireland’s most interesting emerging and established artists. Tours begin on the half hour from 6pm to 9.30pm.

When: 5pm – 9.30pm

Where: 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2


Phone: 01 671 0073


About Luke Dunne

Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans in his home county. A former writer for FilmFixx and the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin to pursue his dual dreams of writing about film and never sleeping ever again.

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