Be part of Culture Night 2017 – Friday September 22
Culture Night, Friday September 22 2017 is an important cultural initiative for the island of Ireland, attracting over 370,000 people to galleries, theatres, studios, churches and other venues where culture is shared and expressed on a dedicated night each September.
2016 saw the launch of the Culture 2025 document the first time the Irish Government produced a document outlining how and why culture is important to us. In 2017 with the Creative Ireland initiative the activation of this plan has come into place and Cavan launched its Creative Ireland Initiative recently at St Kilian’s Heritage Centre, Mullagh. Culture Night is an equally important event for Cavan artists and communities who use it to profile work that they are making and providing in their individual studios and communities throughout the year. With this in mind the arts office would like to hear from artists or groups working in arts and cultural contexts who would like to provide a culture night event and include it in the programme for the county.
The Local Authority culture team have a number of projects and events in train for Culture Night. The arts office has commissioned Busyness by Kim Mc Cafferty, Cavan actor and circus performer. Kim is devising a site specific performance for the Con Smith Park. Four acrobats and dancers invite you to take a fresh perspective on our society’s glorification of being busy. The creator Kim Mc Cafferty describes the show as “physical theatre taken to new levels with contemporary circus, dance and comedy. It is a show for all ages and I am excited about performing at the Con Smith Park which is a great facility for the people of Cavan”.
Ramor Theatre has programmed The Lost Brothers, an Irish musical duo consisting of Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech, who have been described as crafting their own genre of music “ a cinematic view of an unknown landscape”.
Cavan County Museum sees the return of popular Galway Band Vickers Vimmy who will relish another opportunity to play at this cultural county gem. The museum hosted successful Culture Night gigs by home grown talents: Áine Cahill, Lisa O Neill and Fiona Maria Fitzpatrick and the Darling Buds…… in recent years.
Cavan County Library has engaged the services of master storyteller Eddie Lenihan and the Armagh Rhymers to delight families. From Townhall, Cavan it is wise to expect the unexpected and the creatives are working with Robbie Perry, musician and maker of strange and bizarre instruments for Culture Night 2017.
NYAH are taking over Bridge St, Cavan town with the help of JB HOPE and Cavan One Hour Photo for traditional singing sessions. TURF by Longford actor and writer performed by Frank Farrell, directed by the mime artist Rowan Tolley, is an exciting show for those interested in physical theatre and crafted expression. “TURF searches for the truth hidden in a fractured landscape. Sculpture, Installation, Performance, it explores not how to hold the TURF but how the TURF takes a hold of you.”
Cavan County Council arts office want to hear your plans for Culture Night. Full details of how to be involved visit www.cavanarts.ie for further information or contact the arts office at 049 4378549. Send your email entitled Culture Night 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Monday 3 July 2017 at 1pm.
Culture Night is an initiative of The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Culture Night in Cavan is a partnership between The Department of Arts, Heirtage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Cavan County Council.
Image: Shane Connaughton writer at Lough Oughter Castle