Culture Night Kilkenny 2017
Culture Night took place on Friday 22nd September 2017. Arts and cultural venues stayed open late into the night providing unique events and workshops specifically designed for Culture Night, all free of charge!!
Here in Kilkenny we are not short of arts and cultural venues and they all pulled together to put on a fantastic evening of events for all to enjoy. 10 venues around the city and county hosted 20 events for Culture Night 2017.
Blackstack Fine Art Print Studio hosted a series of workshops from 6-9 pm, where you could come and go as you pleased. You got hands on experience of exciting and engaging print techniques and learned all about the fine art of print!
Visitors to the Design & Craft Gallery joined in The Festival of Fashion & Light where you could visit drop-in workshops of music, fashion, making and fun. You could bring your knitting needles to join in with their KNITATHON or check out all the talent of the Primary School Fashion Eye-Cons, Junk Couture Fashion Show and Ossory Youth Bands.
At The Arts Office Gallery, No. 5 Dean Street, you caught up with what Rhyme Rag New Word Leaders have been generating over the past year. This is a movement of young writers, aged between 13-18 who meet monthly in Desart Hall, to inspire and support each other's writing practice. 26 young writers took part in this event.
Also at the Arts Office Gallery was an exhibition of new works by two artists Annette Beegan Duggan and Alison O' Flynn. Both artists explored personal experiences, reflecting fragilities of their own and that of society's, resulting in artworks unique to their own art practices.
Other venues to visit included Rothe House who had many events from traditional Irish music from Comhaltas, writing and literature with Kilkenny's International Literary Festival KIL-Fest and a night at the museum itself where the curator at Rothe House had chosen some magnificent pieces from the Kilkenny Archaeological Society's hidden collection. City Library, Medieval Mile Museum, Butler Gallery, The Heritage Council and Clogh Writers all hosted events on this special night!
Kilkenny Arts Office supports a unique, ongoing community programme; Open Circle Community. Members welcomed the public to their workspace on John's Green where artist Paul Bokslag hosted a fun and creative workshop in the art of paper cutting. Paul guided participants through the process of making lanterns using paper cutting techniques.