Irish Research Council announces family-friendly programme of activities for Culture Night

A magic lantern show, a Nigerian gospel choir and a “Scribblebot” workshop are amongst the highlights of the Irish Research Council’s Culture Night programme.

Culture Night takes place nationwide this Friday, 16 September, from 5pm to 10pm, and the Irish Research Council is offering a jam-packed schedule of activities in the historic surrounds of Boston College on Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green. 

Family-friendly activities

Younger fans of Culture Night will appreciate the family-friendly nature of the activities on offer, including face-painting throughout the evening and storytelling workshops on “Irish legends and wonder tales” at 5pm and 7pm.

There will also be “Scribblebot” workshops running at 6pm and 8pm, aimed at introducing young people to science, technology, art and design.

Programme highlights

For older culture-lovers, there will be a range of performances, demonstrations and interactive talks led by researchers funded by the Irish Research Council.  Schedule highlights include:

  • A discussion on and demonstration of modern Ethiopian dance, led by researcher Ras Mikey Courtney.
  • A recreation of Haddon the Headhunter’s 1890 magic lantern show about the Aran Islands.
  • A workshop on ‘Music for Deaf Audiences’, led by researcher George Higgs, who will demonstrate how all musical experience involves a ‘sense ensemble’.
  • ‘Queering in the Years’ – a workshop exploring how Ireland’s gay community has been represented in the media over the past 40 years.
  • A medley of gospel songs performed by the Yoruba Gospel Choir.
  • A performance of traditional Irish music by concertina-player Jack Talty, who will also discuss how his work as a professional musician complements his research on music-teaching.

Announcing details of their Culture Night programme today (14.09.16), Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Chairperson of the Irish Research Council, said: “Since the beginning of 2016, the Irish Research Council has been running the #LoveIrishResearch campaign, which is aimed at connecting members of the public with the amazing work being conducted by Irish-based researchers and highlighting their achievements across multiple fields.

“Culture Night is a perfect platform to bring the public into direct contact with our talented researchers, and to demonstrate the important work they are doing in the arts and humanities.”

Partnership with Boston College

Professor Ohlmeyer also highlighted that Culture Night will give members of the public an exclusive peek inside the historic surrounds of Dublin’s Boston College.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Boston College for Culture Night,” she said. “The College is an ideal setting for our programme of activities, and – on Friday evening – I would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in Dublin’s history to come along and view this fabulous building. Constructed 270 years ago, it retains many of its original features and provides the perfect backdrop for our enticing Culture Night programme.”

The Irish Research Council’s full programme for Culture Night is available at All activities and workshops will be offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.