Culture Night 2016 takes place tomorrow, Friday September 16th, and there are lots of things to do in Roscommon with something to suit everyone.
Spells Rum & Black Club, Ballaghaderreen is the venue for a West African traditional drumming workshop with Slí na Croí – Malinké Music of Upper Guinea, West Africa, from 8.30 pm-10pm.
The Douglas Hyde Centre, Portahard, Frenchpark hosts an evening of Traditional music song and dancing with local traditional musicians and local Irish dancers. Events will run from 8.30pm to 11pm and tours of the centre, entertainment and refreshments will be provided throughout the evening.
The Athleague branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will celebrate Culture Night with traditional music, song and dance in the beautiful Athleague Angling & Heritage Centre by the River Suck. Music from 10pm until late.
King House, Boyle will remain open later on Culture Night and there will be free tours of the Historic House, 11am to 6pm (last tour at 5pm).
At 8pm it is the venue for a solo piano recital by Miceal O’Rourke. Entitled “Journey into Night” the recital is a musical exploration of the nocturnal world with its contrasting moods and colours in a selection of works for piano by composers from Beethoven to the present day.
Poetry & Harp – at Strokestown Park House An evening of social poetry and ethereal harp music in the incredibly intimate setting of Strokestown Park from 7 – 8pm.
“Ceol do Chuile Duine” (Music for Everyone) is an evening of Traditional Music and Dance in St. Ronan’s Hall, Keadue, from 8pm till late.
Kilbride Community Centre in conjunction with Roscommon Disability Support Group are hosting an evening of Irish culture, music and art exhibition celebrating the community of Four Mile House and the Roscommon Disability Support Group from 7.30pm to 10pm.
Events in the Libraries
At 6pm the County Library, Roscommon town, is the venue for an Art exhibition showing the work of local children.
An evening of traditional music, poetry & print making takes place in Boyle Branch Library from 6-8pm and Refreshments will be provided
Ballaghaderreen Branch Library hosts an exhibition of the work of local photographers from the Acorn Photography Society.
Roscommon Arts Centre hosts a number of events.
From 3 – 6pm it’s “Kids‘ own Story House” and participants can make their very own storybook and join in some pretty cool digital storytelling sessions where young imaginations can run free.
It is followed at 7pm with a talk and tour of Martin Parr’s Photography exhibition “So Near and So Far” with Curator in Residence Linda Shevlin. At 8pm the Nomad Theatre Network take to the stage for “Bailegangaire” by Tom Murphy. his extraordinary play centres around Mommo, the tyrannical bedridden grandmother and her two long suffering granddaughters. Read all about it here.
At 7pm the Cruachan Aí Centre Tulsk, hosts “Táin Bó Cúailnge in the Oral Tradition – Recounting the tale in the manner it was intended”. This is a spoken-word recital of the great Irish literary epic ‘Cattle Raid of Cooley’ in the environs of where the story is said to have taken place, at the ancient Connacht capital of Cruachan Aí.
Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in partnership with Roscommon County Council. It is supported by The Arts Council.