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Culture Night Wicklow

This year, Culture Night falls on September 16. In case you aren’t aware of Culture Night it is an annual event where cultural organisations, institutions, individuals and various others open their doors and programme free one off events on a Friday evening in September to create an opportunity for people who ordinarily wouldn’t be able to go to events for time or financial reasons.

This year, in Wicklow, there are over 66 events. Hopefully there’s something for everyone but we have paid particular attention to teens and young people. We have tried to programme a variety of events that will appeal to Wicklow’s younger residents across the county. I am contacting you in an effort to make as many people as possible aware of the free events on offer especially for our younger audiences.

Events for young people

In Arklow we have free workshops by Innovations Theatre School, Francis Ryan Dance School, East Wicklow Youth Services will be holding arts & craft workshops and percussion workshops. There’s music on the bandstand, a performance in the library and pottery workshops at Solace Studio.

In Blessington, Blessington CCÉ are in Tramway and Russborough House are holding story time in Lady Beit’s Pantry, the Bird of Prey Centre is free all evening, The Abbey perform Me, Mollser, aimed at 10 years plus which is about the Rising told from the perspective of The Plough and the Stars teenage character Mollser and the Local Sports Partnership are providing a dance session for 3-6year olds in the Hippodrome.

In Bray, Signal Arts Centre host their ‘Under the Sea’ workshop and Sea Life are holding art workshops and a puppet show, the LSP are supporting an outdoor dance session for toddlers beside the bandstand. Bray Youth Services ‘Battle of the Bands’ winners will be on the bandstand and there’s a teen graffiti workshop to create a mural with Dara Kenny. In The Well (opposite the Royal Hotel) BYS host a mindful drawing workshop and a youth theatre session as well as a music and sound workshop in Seomra. Jackie Burke will read from her Grindlewood series in Bray Library and Mermaid will screen ‘Song of the Sea’ in the theatre.

In Greystones, LSP are again providing a dance session, this time it’s a flash mob routine, Music Together will host their Samba workshop and Jaws will be screened in the Cove. ‘Freedom, a 1916 Story’, the lego stop motion tale of the Rising will be screened just before hand and up on Theatre Lane take part in Junior Art Gallery’s Portrait Off, children drawing parents, drawing children.

In Wicklow Town, we have another dance workshop and performance supported by LSP through Wicklow Youth Dance Company at Parochial Hall. Before that Music Generation are holding a samba workshop and Kilmantin Arts Gallery are hosting an arts and craft workshop. Wicklow Tidy Towns are saving the bees so join in the planting on Bachelors Walk before heading to our music events.

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