Culture Night 2022 at DCU
'A night for All' is the theme for the Culture Night 2022 programme, which seems fitting as students return to our campus for the new term.
Culture Night is a national celebration of culture, creativity and the arts that takes place on Friday, 23rd September. DCU is delighted to open its doors late to present a series of specifically programmed events, connecting people to cultural activities locally.
A timetable of events is available below.
Activities will take place on DCU's Glasnevin and St. Patrick's campus this year.
Culture Night Events on DCU's St. Patrick's campus
Live Music: Stomptown Brass
Stomptown Brass has emerged as one of the most unique 8-piece acts in Ireland in recent times. Blending the sounds of funk and blues with a raucous cacophony of powerful driving rhythms, Stomptown Brass make the most of their impressive line-up: two Drummers, two Trombones, two Trumpets, one Saxophone and one big dirty Tuba. Stomptown Brass are set to steal the show in Drumcondra combining the originality of their sound with the unmistakable energy of brass music.
*Stomptown Brass have become known around Ireland in recent years for their collaborations with the likes of Spanish animation artist Javier Longobardo for the One Last Time video as well as the Collapsing Horse Theatre Company for the show Requiem for the Truth.
Times: 6pm & 7pm on the Lime Tree Walkway
8pm from the balcony of Cregan Library
Exhibition: As We Are by Elva Mulchrone
The work responds to economic, scientific/antibiotic and sociological research. It is inspired and informed by research at LSE and Imperial College London and Dublin City University respectively.
Using video, installation and painting, in oil on linen and acrylic on canvas, Mulchrone seeks to operate in a time lag between the objective and the subjective.
Location 1: 1st Floor Cregan Library
Location 2: The Quadrangle
Elva is one of DCU's Visual Artists in Residence 2022.
Exhibition: Wall Hangings from Factory Trash series by Emily Waszak
Using waste materials from the factory floor, Factory Trash interrogates end stage racial capitalism and examines the factory as the site of the sublime and the grotesque. It is always dusk in the factory. Dark and without natural light to signal to our circadian rhythm, our only rhythm is the banging of the looms and the ticking of the time clock.
Emily is one of DCU's Visual Artists in Residence 2022.
Animated Light Display
The Cregan Library will light up on the evening of the 23rd September, and will be seen far and wide, as we join in the celebrations of Culture Night taking place across the city. The colourful projection will illuminate the contemporary architecture of this iconic building, bringing some sparkle to the Drumcondra Road to be enjoyed by passers by.
Time: 6pm - late
Historical tours of Belvedere House and St. Patrick's campus.
This Culture Night, join Dr Ruth McManus, School of History and Geography, for a special guided tour that explores the historical, architectural and social fabric of St. Patrick's campus dating back to the 1600s. The tour will feature the notable Georgian Belvedere House, the Gothic Revival (former) chapel and attached cloister, and the modernist Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel by architect Andy Devane.
Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes along the way!
Times: 5.15pm, 6:30pm
Meeting Point: The steps of Belvedere House. Please arrive 5 minutes before the tour is due to start.
Trad in the Quad
Join us for a lively trad session in the historic Quadrangle of St. Patrick's campus. Interaction and crowd participation encouraged, so bring your instruments, singing voice and dancing feet along. Open to all ages and levels.
Time: 5 - 7pm
Location: St. Patrick's Quadrangle
Pop Up Craft Tent for Kids
Join us in the craft tent on Culture Night for some creative fun for children of all ages! Children of 2+ will love making their own Hungry Caterpillar which they can use to play the Butterfly board game. Children of 5+ can create their own Pom-pom launchers and use them to get some target practice. Older children will enjoy making our Pokemon finder which will help them ‘catch’ a Pokemon hiding around the campus! Craft materials will be available on a first come first served basis so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Time: 5 - 8pm
Location: Pop-up craft tent
BOOKED OUT Geansaí Ottó: Reading and Workshop for children with author Sadhbh Devlin
Tá stíl ag Ottó agus is breá leis éadaí deasa. Ach ní thuigeann Mamó rud ar bith faoi chúrsaí faisin. Nuair a thagann geansaí gránna eile sa phost uaithi tá rogha ag Ottó - caithfidh sé rud éigin a dhéanamh... Léifidh Sadhbh an scéal agus beidh deis agat bheith cruthaitheach freisin!
Ottó has style and he loves fashionable clothes. Unfortunately, his Mamó doesn't understand anything about fashion and when another ugly jumper arrives in the post from her Ottó must do something... Join Sadhbh to hear the story and to have a chance to get creative too! Sadhbh os DCU's Irish-Language Writer in Residence 2022.
Age: 4-10 years
Duration: 45 minutes
Location: Seomra Caidrimh, St. Patrick's campus
To book: https://bit.ly/3TtmoBW
Guided tours of the Cregan Library
DCU’s Cregan Library has become a landmark building in north Dublin since it opened its doors in 2015. The library was designed to form a visual link between the campus and the community, with a three-storey glass lantern overlooking the village of Drumcondra. This tour will give you an insight into this extraordinary piece of modern architecture, designed by Taylor Architects. Along the tour, expect to enjoy some interesting exhibits of rare books on display from DCU Special Collections as well as artworks from the Arts Council and AIB Collection. It also offers a chance to experience the breathtaking views of Dublin bay and the city skyline from the library’s reading balcony.
Tour times: 5pm, 6:15pm and 7pm
Meeting Point: Cregan Library Reception
Eilís Dillon: 1920 - 2020 - A Centenary Celebration Exhibition
Eilís Dillon was an extraordinarily versatile writer, publishing 50 titles between 1948 and 1992. Originally created in 2020 to celebrate the centenary of her birth, this richly illustrated exhibition looks mostly at her books for the young, highlighting themes such as island life on the wild Atlantic coast, her love of music, her knowledge of language and folk traditions. This exhibition is curated by the DCU Irish Language Writer-in-Residence 2022, Sadhbh Devlin with kind permission from dlr Libraries.
Location: Ground floor of Cregan Library
Join award-winning author and DCU-Writer-in-Residence Dave Rudden for a fun family event packed full of stories, writing advice and tips on how to get your kids telling stories. There will be a free signed book for the best (or most difficult) question!
Duration: 45 minutes
To book: https://bit.ly/3AXXVxq
Celebrate Culture Night with Poetry Ireland
Poetry Ireland and Trócaire are delighted to celebrate the winners of the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2022 at a special awards ceremony taking place on Culture Night.
The winners and runners-up were across two categories: Adult Published and Adult Unpublished. The winner of the Adult Published category is Lani O’Hanlon (Waterford) and the runner-up is Lorraine Carey (Kerry). The Adult Unpublished category winner is Sighle Meehan (Galway), with runners-up, Rory Duffy (Westmeath), Emma Tobin (Kildare) and Marguerite Doyle (Dublin).
Come along for this late afternoon event and hear the winning contributors as they read their poems, and celebrate their achievement together.
Poetry Ireland gratefully acknowledges the support of its principal funders The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Location: The Seamus Heaney Theatre, Cregan Library, St. Patrick's campus
All Welcome. Free of Charge.
Timetable of Events
All Day A Cosy Night for All - wool and yarn installations
All Day Exhibition: As We Are by Elva Mulchrone
All Day Exhibition: The Factory Trash series by Emily Waszak
All Day Exhibition: Eilís Dillon: 1920 - 2020
4-4.45pm Reading and Workshop with author Sadhbh Devlin
5-5.45pm Workshop with Author Dave Rudden
5-8pm Pop up Craft Tent for Kids
5pm Guided Tour of the Cregan Library
5pm Trad in the Quad
5pm Celebrate Culture Night with Poetry Ireland
5.15pm Guided Tour of St. Patrick's Campus
6-10pm Light Projection on the facade of Cregan Library
6pm Live Music Stomptown Brass at the library forecourt
6.15pm Guided Tour of the Cregan Library
6.30pm Guided Tour of St. Patrick's Campus
7pm Live Music from Stomptown Brass at the library forecourt
7pm Guided Tour of the Cregan Library
8pm Live Music from the balcony with Stomptown Brass
Culture Night Events on DCU's Glasnevin campus
The Dogs of DCU Outdoor Exhibition
Over the course of the past year, award-winning DCU photographer Kyran O’Brien took the lead and beautifully captured our dogfriends, in full bloom, as they threaded their daily path across DCU campus. We have sniffed out some of the most memorable portraits to share in this exhibition which celebrates our affection and appreciation for our four legged visitors. The dogs who feature in these portraits will be presented with bespoke felt dog collars designed and created by DCU Librarian Victoria Smyth. The collars mark our appreciation of these honorary members of the DCU community who brighten up our campus and enrich our lives on a daily basis.
Location: Along Glasnevin campus promenade
Time: All Day
Dog Conferring will take place at 1pm in front of the U Building.
Tours of AIB Art Collection at Albert College
The AIB Art Collection in Albert College consists of works by thirteen of Ireland’s premier artists, on loan from AIB. Twelve works in the University’s main boardroom and lobby draw inspiration from Albert College’s history as shaper of the ever-changing Irish countryside. Albert College began life in 1838 as a model farm and became the Albert National Agricultural Training Institution in 1853 after a visit from Prince Albert. It is now the centre-piece of DCU’s Glasnevin Campus, home to the President’s office, the boardroom and the 1838 Club, a restaurant and social space. Artist Helen Barry will offer a bespoke tour of the collection, and using Visual Arts Strategies will focus on 1-2 artworks for deeper exploration.
Meeting Point: The Blue Door, Albert College, DCU Glasnevin campus
Times: 10.30am (45 mins) Book here
12pm (45 mins) Book here
*Photo: Artwork - Parade 2004 - Mark O'Kelly
The Dogs of DCU Celebration
The dogs who feature in these portraits will be presented with bespoke felt dog collars designed and created by DCU Librarian Victoria Smyth. The collars mark our appreciation of these honorary members of the DCU community who brighten up our campus and enrich our lives on a daily basis. DCU's Martin Molony is set to host this very prestigious affair. We expect to be giving Crufts some wuff (tough) competition!
Location: The Pop-Up Arts and Culture Hub
Pop Up Arts and Culture Hub
For Culture Night (Day) watch out for a pop-up arts and culture hub from 12pm - 6pm on the promenade of Glasnevin campus, outside The U Building. Expect of kinds of merriment and creative expression throughout the afternoon. DCU's students are an incredibly talented bunch. We've joined up with some of the many clubs and socs to bring you drama, poetry, circus, chamber Singing and much more.
Dancing your heart out to great music is hungry and thirsty work, so we've partnered with Trispace and the Helix to offer you some festive snacks and drinks to satisfy your late afternoon appetite.
A full schedule will be released soon.
Live Music: TBL8 Brass
TBL8 Brass (pronounced "Table 8 Brass") are an urban brass band based in Dublin. Formed in June 2017, the octet pride themselves in performing with a high energy, down-and-dirty take on the conventional brass band faire that gets the crowds going like nobody else. With a suite of classic disco, pop, rave, and even slow-dance music in their repertoire, expect their deep notes to reverberate across Glasnevin campus igniting TGI Friday vibes!
Location: Pop Up Arts and Culture Hub outside the U Building, Glasnevin Campus
Time: 4 - 5.30pm
Join members of the DCU Chamber Choir for uplifting and inspiring choral music. 2022 marks the first year of the DCU Chamber Choir under the direction of Kevin Boushel. The choir performs choral music of all styles ancient to modern, with a particular emphasis on Irish music.
Early-years storytelling with artist and illustrator Helen Barry
Illustrator Helen Barry will visit DCU's Magic Days creche, to immerse the little ones in this recently published book about silly colourful creatures doing silly wonderful things. She will introduce a joyful array of beautiful illustrations to help enhance their imagination and sense of fun whilst gaining the understanding of distance, colour, singular and plural.
Timetable of Events
All Day A "Cosy" Night for All - Wool and Yarn Installation
All Day Exhibition: The Dogs of DCU Outdoor Exhibition
10.30am Tour of AIB Art Collection in Albert College
12pm Tour of AIB Art Collection in Albert College
12 pm DJ Conor
12.30pm DCU Jazz Society
1pm Celebrating the Dogs of DCU with Martin Moloney
2pm DCU Chamber Choir
2.30pm DCU Dance Society
3pm Alternative and Indies Music Society
4 - 5.30pm Live Music with TBL8 Brass
4 - 5.30pm Warm food and refreshments available from the Silver Bullet Café