Celebrating the arts, creativity, cultural diversity, Culture Night 2021 takes place on Friday, September 17th with a full and varied programme showcasing Waterford’s history and culture through music, art and storytelling!
 
The sixteenth edition of Culture Night continues to promote Ireland’s rich and vibrant culture as an integral part of our everyday lives.
 
Waterford City and County Council, in association with the Arts Council has programmed a night of culture that is sure to appeal to all.  With all events free of charge, booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
 
One of the many events taking place in Waterford on Culture Night is free tours of Ireland’s newest museums, the Irish Museum of Time, a fitting home for the finest collection of Irish timepieces in the world and the Irish Silver Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of silver worldwide.
 
Freestyle Friday at Hanover Street is an initiative headed by Youth Arts Live.  An evening of off-the-bat, spontaneous music and rap, artists will be paired together, none of them having any idea who they will be with! So come along for some free styling shenanigans and a host of local Waterford talent including Izzy Tiernan, David Bejelac, Ash Lawlor and Oran Byrne.
 
From 5pm to 9pm O’Connell Street will be filled with live music performed by exciting young artists, APM, AKari, B2B, Damo and McCarthy, while live Big Bands will perform in the Viking Triangle from 6pm to 9pm.
 
The Dún Garbhán le Gaeilge committee is organising Seal le Seanchaí, an on-line evening of story-telling and lore, both old and new, featuring local seanchaí, Séamus Ó Lonáin as master of ceremonies, along with local storytellers Liam Suipéil and Déuglán Turraoin. This bilingual event takes place at 7pm and places must be booked in advance by e-mailing cabrini@glornangael.ie.
 
In association with Poetry Town, Dungarvan there will be an online broadcast of Áine Uí Fhoghlú’s newly commissioned poem for the town, filmed by Cormorant Films at 6.30pm.  Tannoy Takeover with poets Colette Colfer, Frank Farrelly and Lani O’Hanlon will be taking place in Garvey’s SuperValu from 5.30pm, while outside the Old Market House Arts Centre people can see ‘Culture Night Lights’ a sculptural light installation by students of Ard Scoil na nDéise.

Duo Frizzante is Cathy Desmond and Marian Ingoldsby and they will present a tea time serenade in Tramore, with a selection of popular and nostalgic melodies from across the decades on violin and keyboard at Lafcadio Hearne Japanese Gardens at 3pm and Lower Main Street at 4.30pm.  The selection will include repertoire from Marian’s debut album ‘When Words Fail’.
 
Join environmental artist Sean Corcoran on Culture Night for a unique experience on The Copper Coast, Nature Immersive at Nightfall. This is an opportunity to challenge your senses and absorb your surroundings as the tide and light shifts around you.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) will celebrate Culture Night 2021 by bringing live music to the grounds of University Hospital Waterford (UHW) between 6pm and 7.30pm.  This special acoustic session will be provided by WHAT’s Healing Sounds team of musicians, Liam Merriman, Eoin O Meachair, Alan Browne, Michelle Haberlin, and Liam Kavanagh.

For further information about all of the great free events taking place in Waterford for Culture Night 2021 visit www.waterfordarts.com or email culturenightwaterford@gmail.com