Discover Culture in Every Corner of Campus, Culture Night 2016

Posted on: 14 September 2016

Trinity College Dublin will once again celebrate Ireland’s annual cultural extravaganza and open its doors to the public for Culture Night 2016 on Friday 16th September from 5pm. Culture Night is an annual public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts, all over Ireland.

Join the GAA Fun & Run in Trinity’s College Park from 5pm-8pm. This is a perfect opportunity to get introduced to the different GAA-based activities with experienced players and coaches on hand to introduce you to the skills required for the different games. This drop-in event is suitable for all ages and abilities. No booking is required, with the sessions starting every 20mins.

Guided tour in Irish of the oldest university in Ireland. Please note that the tour will be outside for the most part. Relax afterwards with a cup of tea as you listen to traditional Irish music. Leaving Trinity’s Front Gate at 5/6/7/8pm. Meeting point at the Front Arch of Trinity College Dublin on the hour. Faigh léargas nua ar an ollscoil is sine in Éirinn, a hoidhreacht agus a saol sa lá atá inniu ann. Beidh an turas amuigh faoin aer den chuid is mó. Lig do scíth le cupán tae agus ceol traidisiúnta beo ónár gcuid mac léinn ag deireadh an turais. Mairfidh gach turas 30 nóiméad, ag imeacht ag 5/6/7/8pm ón nGeata Tosaigh.

Visit the Douglas Hyde Gallery, 5pm – 9pm. Housed in the university’s Arts Building, the DHG contains two spaces: the cavernous Gallery 1, which is approached down a staircase, from above, and the more intimate Gallery 2, which was opened in 2001. Visit our Hypnagogia exhibition by American photographer Alec Soth and an exhibition of new paintings by Irish artist Eoin Mc Hugh. Gallery staff will be present to discuss the exhibitions with visitors.

Science Gallery Dublin, 5pm – 10pm. Join the Science Gallery for Culture Night and play with your perception at the exhibition, Seeing: What Are You Looking At?. Grab your chance to watch as robots becomes artists, brains become scanners, and explore how machines may change the way we look at our world. Science Gallery will provide music and exclusive activities to allow you to tackle vision head on.

Makeshop, as part of Science Gallery Dublin, are offering the opportunity to get hands on with technology and discover how open source technology and the maker movement are changing the cultural world. From computer games controlled by fruit to sound waves rendered as words, there’s sure to be something to fascinate people of all ages. Open 5pm – 10pm.

The Book of Kells is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure, one of the world’s most famous medieval manuscripts, and a ‘must see’ on Culture Night. Walk the length of the Long Room filled with 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books, view a copy of the 1916 Proclamation and see the Brian Boru harp. The Chapel Choir will be performing in the Long Room between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. The Old Library will be open 5pm – 9pm.

Explore what life is like for children living in emergencies by visiting the UNICEF Ireland & Society for International Affairs Field Tent. Take part in an Emergency Lesson to discover the extraordinary lengths children must face to continue learning. Find out why education is so important to them and see for yourself how difficult but necessary it is to learn in times of conflict or crisis due to natural disasters. Find them at Trinity’s College Park, 5pm – 11pm.

Smashing Times Theatre Company takes to the stage at the Samuel Beckett Theatre. The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII, a performance of re-imagined moments from the lives of women in WWII, recalls stories of bravery, sacrifice and love as powerful women stood up against Fascism and refused to accept oppression.

Trinity Long Room Hub will be open 5pm-9pm with two events this year. The Dublin Language Garden will take a snapshot of all the different varieties of languages spoken in Dublin. Linguistics Researchers from Trinity will document these varieties by writing words phrases and submissions from all visitors to the garden on flowers and leaves and using them to build up the Dublin Language Garden. The Culture Night talks and activities around the Trinity Long Room Hub will inspire you in what you choose to plant in the garden, with spot prizes to be won. Translation is Fun! will explore the creative challenges linked to translation. Adults and children alike will be invited to participate in workshops and experience what it feels like to translate a story or poem from one language into another. It will focus on humour, cultural references and characters’ voices in children’s books.

Trinity’s Arts Café will also remain open until 8pm for Culture Night!

Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the regional arts offices, local authorities and cultural organisations throughout the country. For more information please visit the Culture Night website.