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Thursday 19 October 2017

Great line-up for Wexford's Culture Night

SECOND YEAR OF FUN FESTIVAL

CONOR CULLEN

CULTURE Night will take place in Wexford on Friday, September 24.

The first Wexford Culture night took place last year and was a resounding success, with a large number of people enjoying the many events on offer throughout the town.

There is an action-packed bill again this year, with the bells of Rowe Street Church heralding the beginning of the event when they ring out at 5 p.m.

The official launch of Culture Night will be in Wexford Library at 7.30 p.m. and will be performed by Wexford mayor Joe Ryan and Wexford County Council chairman Michael Kinsella.

Wexford Camera Club's exhibition 'A Week in the Life of Wexford', which is already on display in the library, will also be officially launched at that gathering.

Culture comes in all forms and they will be catered for on the night, as local art galleries will have late-night openings, a walking tour of Loch Garman with author and historian Nicky Furlong, a children's open art studio in Wexford Arts Centre, and much more.

Music will be heard from all corners of the town. The lively Monck Street will echo with music from 8 p.m.; Music for Wexford in St Iberius at the same time will feature some of Ireland's leading musicians; there's a Céilí Mór in the Dún Mhuire with the Screen Mummers at 8 p.m.; the Ballindaggin Pipe Band will be performing on the main street from 5.30 p.m.; there will be a Samba drumming group in Selskar Square from 6 p.m. and, on top of all that, some of the town's best singersongwriters will be performing at various spots along the main street.

A highlight for many promises to be the Wexford Festival Opera preview, with the wonderful opera house opening its doors at 7 p.m. as the singers taking part in this year's festival give a sneak preview in the foyers.

There will be plenty of dancing too, courtesy of Jive Inferno, at 6.30 p.m. outside Shaws on the main street, the Sheila Grace Dance Company at 5.30 p.m. at Selskar Square, and Myriad Dance will be performing excerpts from their hugely successful outdoor dance work Project 101 on the green area beside Wexford Arts Centre at 6 p.m.

Photographer Pádraig Grant will project images from his forthcoming exhibition and limited edition book The Beach Day against the outside wall of Wexford Arts Centre from 9 p.m.

The Arts Centre will also host a Culture Night celebration in the form of a Cáca Milis cabaret, which promises to be a real treat.

For the younger culture vultures, Wexford's historic Bull Ring will come alive with activities such as free facepainting and puppet shows from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m.

Three larger-than-life members of Buí Bolg will roam the streets on the night causing mischief and mayhem along the way!

The members of Wexford Camera Club will be out and about taking photographs on the night, creating a record of the event for years to come – so people are encouraged to give the snappers a big smile!

Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport in partnership with Wexford Borough Council and Wexford County Council.

For further information pick up one of one of the brochures around town or contact the Arts Department, Wexford County Council, on 053 9176440 or email arts@wexfordcoco.ie.

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