Culture Night 2018 – An A-Z for film fans

Culture Night returns to Ireland this Friday 21st September and once again it’s time for film fans throughout the county to get cultured, with a ton of events across the arts to enjoy. Venues and public spaces across the country are once again opening their doors to free evenings of entertainment. With live music, poetry, plenty of workshops, galleries and of course, film screenings, Culture Night 2018 is shaping up to a can’t miss night of entertainment. The usual suspects like the IFI and the Light House Cinema are involved once again, the always exciting spectacle of films being projected at Barnardo Square returns this year, and there are plenty of events all over for film folk to get inspired and tap into the wider world of Irish culture. We’ve put together an A-Z of events that may be of interest to film fans in Dublin this year for you to check out, along with what’s on, when, where and the websites. Happy hunting!

American College Dublin

An evening of readings, music, art and film in the childhood home of Oscar Wilde, provided by staff, students and friends of American College Dublin, a third-level institution of the arts delivering accredited bachelor’s and master’s programmes in the performing arts, musical theatre, humanities and business for over 25 years. Limited tours of the house will be provided periodically throughout the evening.

Time: 5.30pm – 10:30pm

Address: 1 Merrion Square, Dublin 2


Phone: 01 676 8939

Visit the Baha’i National Centre to meet community members, learn about the Baha’i community’s history in Ireland and the history of the centre on Burlington road. Discover gems of wisdom and insight from the teachings of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i faith. Tours, talks, music, film and socialising throughout the evening.

Time: 6.30pm – 11:30pm

Address: 24 Burlington Rd, Donnybrook, Dublin 4


Phone: 01 668 3150

Barnardo Square

Nestled between Dame Street and Dublin Castle, this public space will be transformed with projections and pop-up performances throughout the evening. Come and enjoy a selection of short films from Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland in this very special outdoor setting. The programme includes new, award-winning and critically acclaimed short animations including:


Late Afternoon

Director: Louise Bagnell

Producer:  Nuria González Bianco


An Island

Director: Rory Byrne

Producer: Ciarán Deeney



Director: Aoife Doyle

Producer: Niamh Herrity


Where is Eva Hipsey

Director: Orla Mc Hardy

Producer: Nicky Gogan



Directors: Alan Short, Seamus Malone

Producer: Samantha Plaisted



Director: Trevor Courtney

Producer Michael Algar

Time: 6pm – 10pm

Address: Dame St, Dublin 2


Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting

In their cinema, they will be screening award-winning short films starring their talented graduates. And for those who love a laugh, there’s a Stand Up Show featuring alumni who have gone on to make a splash on the comedy circuit including Eric Lalor, Hannah Mamalis and Stephen Mullan.

Time: 6.30pm – 11pm

Address: 12/13 Bow St, Smithfield, Dublin 7


Phone: 01 531 0929

Cathal Brugha Barracks

Get unique access to one of the Defence Forces’ largest military barracks. Enjoy cultural talks, music, art and military demonstrations that bring you into the heart of the barracks e.g. a talk and tour of Evie Hone’s stained glass windows from the chaplaincy. Margaret Fitzgibbon, artist in residence, exhibits her new installation inspired by Evie.

Time: 5pm – 9pm

Address: Military Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6


Phone: 01 804 6360

D-Light Studios

A unique, multi-functional space housed in a converted factory, this innovative venue holds large studio spaces, workspaces, a dance studio, a stage and set design workshop, a music recording studio and artist residencies. All are welcome to the studios for a multi-disciplinary evening showcase exploring the many creative works undertaken within the space.

Time: 6pm – 10pm

Address: 46 North Great Clarence St, North Strand, Dublin 1


Phone: 01 430 4905

Draíocht Blanchardstown

Visit Dublin 15’s prime arts and entertainment hub for a range of cultural activities. Guests of all ages will be welcome to peruse two exhibitions, check out three wonderful films, and even take in a clown choir performance! There’ll also be a youth theatre workshop taking place for younger visitors to try their hands at drama and performance.

Time: 4pm – 10pm

Address: The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15


Phone: 01 885 2622

Dublin Airport

A talk will be provided at Dublin Airport providing a detailed insight into the history of the airport and it’s role in the past, present and future of Irish Aviation.

Dublin Airport has agreed a new partnership with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin aimed at bringing an enhanced public art programme to the airport.

The two-year Creative Journeys partnership enables NCAD students, past and present, to showcase their ideas and work to an international audience, and provides Dublin Airport passengers with a unique perspective into contemporary Irish art.
Supported by Business to Arts, this new partnership is delivering a full public art programme at Dublin Airport over the next two years.
Seven sites have been chosen across the airport cmapus to host works within Creative Journeys. The sites are located in landside and airside areas to allow both departing and arriving passengers to view the works of art. Dublin Airport would like to ewelcome memebers of the public to the airport on Culture Night to view the various installations in the puclicly accessible areas.

Local music groups will perform in the Entertainment Zone in Dublin Airport on the evening.

Time: 4pm – 9:30pm

Address: Dublin Airport Terminal 1, Swords, Co. Dublin


Phone: 01 814 1111

Flying Turtle Productions

CULTURE NIGHT NOIR is a 25 minute immersive live performance involving trained actors in costume as Film Noir characters ala the 1940’s black and white films…detective Femme Fatale Gangsters etc We will bring small groups of 10-12 audience members at a time into the performance provided they know the password: “SPEAK EASY” Ability to climb stairs is required and it is suitable for 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 our website for full details.

FREE TICKET BOOKINGS through the Eventbrite link on our website for a specific time very strongly suggested, as this event has booked out with wait lists the past three years.

Time: 5.30pm – 11pm

Address: Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse St, Dublin 2


Phone: 086 824 4826

Frank Duff House – Legion of Mary

Make your way to the international headquarters of the Legion of Mary, an organisation founded in Dublin in 1921. A guided tour includes a short DVD on the Legion’s founder Frank Duff, a visit to the house where he lived, and memorabilia from around the Legion world. Refreshments will be served.

Time: 5pm – 9:30pm

Address: De Montfort House, Morning Star Avenue, Dublin 7


Phone: 01 872 3153

Goethe-Institut Irland

The Goethe-Institut is back at 37 Merrion Square!

To celebrate the restoration of our gorgeous Georgian building to its former glory, we’re filling it with culture from far + near for Culture Night 2018.

Liz Roche has developed a site-specific dance piece for the Goethe-Institut, which will be shown at 4:30 pm, BOOKING REQUIRED.

Award winning Sci-Fi author Michael Marrak will read from his new novella written for Ireland and accompanied by illustrations. The Return gallery will be re-opened with a work by renowed artist Liam Gillick. There will also be short films + information about language courses and our library activities. These events are not ticketed, everybody’s welcome to come along from 6pm!

Immerse yourself in German Culture, enjoy our beautifully restored Georgian townhouse + have a look around our newly built language department. All in the heart of Dublin city!

Time: 4pm – 10pm

Address: 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2


Phone: 01 680 1100

Grangegorman Development Agency

Grangegorman is a developing site making a new piece of city in the heart of Dublin 7. Its three core stakeholders; the HSE, DIT and the Community mark Grangegorman as a place of unique connections and collaboration. The site’s 200-year institutional history also adds a particular legacy to Grangegorman, which should not be forgotten. ‘…the lives we live’ programme was launched on Culture Night 2015 to celebrate Grangegorman in all its forms and to establish a commitment of integrating art into the living fabric of this emerging part of Dublin.This Culture Night will showcase the work of artists and curators such as Clodagh Emoe, Jennie Guy and Smashing Times Theatre Co.

Time: 4pm – 9:30pm

Address: The Clock Tower, Grangegorman Lower, Dublin 7


Phone: 01 402 4140

Irish Film Institute

Get ready for the annual dive into the collections of the IFI Irish Film Archive! Enjoy three programmes of family-friendly Irish shorts dating from the 1940s to the present day. Take a whistle-stop tour through the history of short film production in Ireland, and view newsreels, animations, dramas, and public information films.

Time: 6pm – 8.30pm

Address: 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


Phone: 01 679 3477

Irish Research Council

As part of the Irish Research Council’s #LoveIrishResearch campaign, we are partnering with Boston College Ireland at their picturesque premises on the historic Stephen’s Green. Immerse yourself in an evening of interactive activities, exhibits, live music, performances and talks by Irish Research Council awardees and find out how we support the breadth of cultural research currently taking place in Ireland.

Time: 5pm – 9pm

Address: Boston College Ireland, 43 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2


Phone: 01 231 5000

Light House Cinema

One of Dublin’s most exciting cinemas welcomes guests and all the family to a very special sing-along screening of the year’s biggest, most spectacular musical, ‘The Greatest Showman’, showing at 4.30pm and 6.30pm. With lyrics provided on screen, all you have to worry about is the singing – and dancing! Free but ticketed.

Time: 4pm – 9:30pm

Address: Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7


Phone: 01 872 8006

Pavilion Theatre Dún Laoghaire

Enjoy a diverse mix of events at Pavilion Theatre, with something to suit every age and interest. There will be screenings of Shorts for Wee Ones and Shorts for Middle Ones, with more events to be announced.

Keep an eye on our website for announcements about our full-line up:

Time: 4pm – 7pm

Address: Marine Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin


Phone: 01 231 2929

Piranha Bar

Established 17 years ago, Piranha Bar creates highly visual short and long-form content with filming, animating and finishing under one roof. With their award winning design studio creating branded content for the likes of VHI, Kelloggs and Three Mobile, their current slate also includes film and episodic television including IFTA winning series and documentaries, Dancing with the Stars and George Bernard Shaw: My Astonishing Self. Along with this, their first animated series, Mya Go, is now airing worldwide. On Culture Night, Piranha Bar will be hosting a number of talks with industry experts, as well as bringing guests on a tour of their facilities.

If you would like to visit Piranha Bar on Culture Night, please contact as bookings are required.

Time: 7pm – 11pm

Address: 37 Fitzwilliam Square West, Dublin 2


Phone: 16053700

Portuguese Language Centre

Visit Ireland’s only school specialising in teaching Portuguese. Enjoy an evening of lusophone music, film excerpts, and readings from some of the best known writers and poets in Portuguese from Angola, Brazil, and Portugal. Enjoy a cafezinho whilst browsing the mini-library or learning about Portuguese-speaking countries through the school’s exhibition.

Time: 5pm – 11pm

Address: 9 Abbey St Lower, Dublin 1


Phone: 087 164 1521

Ranelagh Arts Centre

In the months leading up to Culture night, Ranelagh Arts Centre curators will trawl through hundreds of submitted artworks to bring to you an eclectic mix of contemporary talent portraying many aspects of the extraordinary village of Ranelagh.

Time: 4pm – 11pm

Address: 26 Ranelagh, Ranelagh, Dublin 6


Phone: 01 547 7775

Rathmines Library

Visit this beautiful library in the heart of the village to enjoy a mixed programme of music, poetry, film, local history, and more. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore a local library in a historic setting while taking in a range of cultural activities. See website for more information.

Time: 5pm – 9pm

Address: 157 Lower Rathmines Rd, Dublin 6


Phone: 01 497 3539

The Central Bank of Ireland

During the Central Bank’s 75th anniversary year, The Visitor Centre will display an exhibition documenting the institution’s history along with various items from its archive and rarely shown works from the Bank’s art collection. Visitors can learn more about the Bank and its history through a variety of films. Entry is limited and strictly by pre-booking via

Time: 6pm – 9pm

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


Phone: 01 224 6000

The Clockwork Door

The Clockwork Door is a brand new concept known as a Timehouse, where guests pay for their time and everything inside – including coffee, snacks, and high-speed wi – is free and unlimited. They’ll be hosting a range of social games, live music, storytelling sessions, a film screening, and much more for all to enjoy.

Time: 4pm – 10pm

Address: 51 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


Phone: 01 538 0998

The Dean Dublin

Art is at the forefront of everything we do at The Dean. Ever since we opened our doors 3 years ago, we have strived to create and maintain an inspiring environment for all of our guests to enjoy. We are the on-going hospitality partner of IMMA. Art lines the walls of our public space, hallways and bedrooms and the collection features works from the likes of Me&Him&You, Eoin Holland, Mark Francis, Richard Gorman, Patrick Scott and Samuel Walsh, to name just a few.
James Earley will be getting artists to produce bespoke artworks for The Dean and these artworks will be available for guests to purchase.

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Address: 33 Harcourt St, Dublin 2


Phone: 01 607 8110

The Douglas Hyde Gallery

Founded in 1978 by the Arts Council and Trinity College, The Douglas Hyde Gallery has a unique track record of developing, producing and presenting innovative exhibitions by Irish and International artists, resonating strongly with audiences in Dublin, Ireland and beyond. Exhibitions at the gallery have included painting, textiles, sculpture, video and other media and recent exhibiting artists include Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne, Tamara Henderson, Isabel Nolan and Abbas Akhavan. The gallery is known for its architecture as well as its art, with two main spaces: the cavernous Gallery 1, and the more intimate Gallery 2. Come along for a free tour of the current exhibitions by gallery staff.

Time: 4pm – 9pm

Address: Trinity College, Dublin 2


Phone: 01 896 1116

The Helix

Explore one of the city’s most modern venues, located on the DCU Glasnevin campus in the heart of North Dublin, through an open house event where you can see the venue as you’ve never seen it before. Check out the Orchestral Mahony Hall, ‘The Big Musical Mash Up’ performed by local Drama groups from the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) in The Theatre, and our visual art exhibition area in this award winning multipurpose venue

Time: 6pm – 9:30pm

Address: DCU Campus, Collins Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin 9


Phone: 01 700 7123

The LAB Gallery and Dublin City Arts Office

Start your weekend with wonder! Join us on Culture Night for a fun-filled evening for all of the family to enjoy. We will have drop-in ‘Permission to Wonder’ tours of all the gallery’s latest exhibitions, view new artworks by Michele Horrigan and Sean O’Rourke, take part in exciting art-making workshops, and enjoy live music and storytelling from a number of gifted performers.

5 – 6pm:  ‘Permission to Wonder’ tours of the current exhibitions at
The LAB.

5 – 7pm:  Storytelling for children with Laura Brady – The Children of Lir & other stories.

6 – 7pm:  Art-making workshop for children with Jane Fogarty.

7 – 9pm: Live music from Anderson, Conor Deasy, and Paddy Hanna.

Time: 6pm – 10pm

Address: Dublin City Arts Office, Foley Street, Dublin 1


Phone: 01 222 5455

The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards Exhibition (RIAI)

The RIAI Architecture Exhibition includes 63 projects from 2018 RIAI Architecture Awards. The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards recognise the quality of work carried out by RIAI members in 2017 and highlight the contribution that Irish architects make to society for everyone’s benefit. This year the RIAI jury chose 20 overall winners, 12 Highly Commended and 8 Commended entries, spanning 12 counties across Ireland as well as an international project in India. 2018 saw the highest number of entries to the awards since before the recession and the standard was so high that the jury also selected 63 projects for exhibition, which will be shown at the RIAI offices and online later this year. Full details and images of all the winning projects are available at

Time: 5.30pm – 9:30pm

Address: 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2


Phone: 01 676 1703

The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre

This year the SEAC opens its doors and invites you to come in and enjoy ‘Hand Me Down: Séamus Ennis’; a documentary profile on the life, times and talent of our namesake, uilleann piper extraordinaire, singer and traditional music collector Séamus Ennis.

Doireann Ní Bhriain travels to Naul accompanied by Séamus, who shows her some of the historic spots of the town such as The Black Castle. A skilled storyteller, Séamus tells how his great grandfather eloped from Scotland and set up home on a farm in Naul. “Sleepy Naul, they called it then and they still call it now.”

His father and grandfather were both musicians and his father went on to form the Naul Pipe Band. Naul, was home to his family for quite a few generations.

Time: 8pm – 10pm

Address: Main Street, Naul, Co. Dublin


Phone: 18020898

Trinity Long Room Hub

We are celebrating Trinity College Dublin’s special relationship with fantasy author, Terry Pratchett, drawing together strands of research. Library Cataloguers will illustrate the evolution of Pratchett’s work; colleagues from the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation will look how Pratchett’s quirky sense of humour went global; scholars in Children’s Literature will delve into Pratchett’s writing for young readers; partners from the Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities will explore Pratchett’s work with technology; and, recalling Pratchett’s life with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers from Trinity Brain Health and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland will myth-bust dementia and explain how “It is possible to live well with dementia and write best-sellers ‘like wot I do’.”

Time: 6.30pm – 10:30pm

Address: Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2 trinitylongroomhub

Phone: 01 896 3174

Will you be out and about on Culture Night 2018? Going to any of the events above? Be sure to tweet us @filmindublin with the hashtag #CultureNight and let us know what you’re up to!

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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