Offaly all set for Culture Night

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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A number of free, quality and diverse events will take place in Offaly to Mark Culture Night on Friday, September 20.

A number of free, quality and diverse events will take place in Offaly to Mark Culture Night on Friday, September 20.

Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Cllr. Sinead Moylan Ryan remarked, “ Culture Night in Offaly provides a terrific opportunity for families to sample aspects of our arts, culture and heritage which might be new to them.

Taking the lead on events such as this is an extremely important role for Offaly County Council, culture and community are the heart of what this county is about - and it is crucial that we encourage and are a channel for this growth.

This extraordinary night of cultural festivities has grown each year with inspiring commitment from artists, cultural organisations and participants throughout the country. Culture Night is an opportunity for everyone to explore, experience and enjoy Offaly at its cultural best!”
Offaly has lots of unique cultural venues, which will open late for this night, all with a free special performance. Some of the highlights include:

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· Tullamore Town Band featuring Diarmuid Guinan on the site of the new arts centre in Tullamore
· The Tullamore Academy Chamber Choir and Kerman Dance Co . at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre
· 40 local musicians Mór in a late night live lounge session at Public Access Arts, Edenderry
· The Lyric String Quartet at Clonony Castle featuring a solo ballet performance
· Pianist Dearbhaile O’Donnell in Ballybrittan Castle,
· A talk by the National Gallery at Belmont Mill
· Tullamore Gospel Choir and the Miles O’Bog Jazz Ensemble in the Bridge Centre
· Tullamore Rhymers Club perform random acts of poetry in various coffee shops in Tullamore
· Polish music by Jacek Lomejko and friends in Daingean Courthouse
· Traditional music at Leap Castle (feat. Ciara Callanan Ryan) and Fancroft Mill (feat. Padraic Keane)
· A Hedgeschoo l workshop at Sculpture in the Parklands
· Broken Bottles Theatre Company in Tullamore DEW visitors centre featuring Attracta Brady and John O’Connell
· Storyteller Pat Speight in Tullamore Library, with musician Noel O’Farrell and author Patricia Gibney.
· Poetry and music in Edenderry Library featuring Aimee Molloy

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Arts Officer Sinead O’Reilly remarked, “Culture Night it is all about celebrating and becoming familiar with our own culture and venues - all on our doorstep - but some of which we may never have visited before. Offaly is home to the National Choir of the Year [Tullamore Academy Chamber Choir] and the smallest venue in Ireland [Public Access Arts, Edenderry] so Culture Night is an opportunity to showcase the inspiring artistry of local performers.”

Most events have limited numbers and require booking. For more information on Culture Night in Offaly and to book an event 057 9357400 arts@offalycoco.ie or www.offaly.ie/arts
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Pictured are John Maguire (Broken Bottles Theatre Company) Cathaoirleach Sinead Moylan Ryan and Andy Feeney (Broken Bottles Theatre Company)