Culture Night to Be Widely Celebrated Throughout East Cork Next Friday

By Alan Sheehan

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East Cork will once again host a plethora of unique and entertaining events for Culture Night this year, which will be held on Friday, 22 September.
Midleton’s Crafty Hands Pottery Studio, fresh from its relocation to near the Granary Foodstore at Coach Horse Lane, will host its event from 7.30pm. Claytopia aims to allow the audience to explore the world of ceramics, from ancient hand-building techniques, wheel throwing, sculpture and contemporary applications through demonstrations and practical work. The event will also include a pop-up exhibition of fine art by 11 local artists as well as music by Fergal O’Connor and a wine reception, with all welcome to attend.
The Courthouse in Midleton will host a free event from 7-9pm which will feature live music and film screening, as well as performance and fine art at the Half Light Gallery. The film screenings will include the My Town by Sean Coffey (which won the MAF film and animation competition 2017), Kindred Spirits Drum Ceremony Event from MAF 2017 by Ilse de Ziah and the East Cork Music Project’s RAW Installation 2017 by Belinda Walsh.
Midleton Library will host Midleton Writers Group from 7.30-9pm which is open to all and is wheelchair accessible. Those attending are invited to bring along their own writing or the writing from others, or just to listen to readings from others in attendance.
Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh will host Project Cleansweep, an exhibition of work by Dara McGrath, from 6.30pm on. The free event showcases a series of landscape photographs of the United Kingdom, specifically the sites it used in the manufacture, storage, and disposal of chemical and biological weapons from World War I to the present day.
Cobh Youth Service will hold an open night from 5-7pm at its premises on 16 Midleton Street, Cobh to showcase the artwork that young people of the service have created.
The Cobh Confraternity Band will play a recital, including audience favourites from their wide-ranging programme, from 6.15-7.15pm at the Bandstand at John F Kennedy Park, Cobh.
From 6.30-9pm, Cobh Library will host a concert of traditional Irish music performed by Geantraí, which is comprised of young trad musicians from the Cork ETB School of Music Cobh, and guests.
Greywood Arts on Main Street, Killeagh, will host a Bureau of Surrealist Enquiries, a family-friendly evening making surrealist art, collage and writing surreal poems, along with learning about cultural movement and some of its most famous practitioners like Salvador Dalí, André Breton and René Magritte. Booking is required and can be confirmed by emailing create@greywoodarts.org or calling Jessica Bonenfant Coogan at 083 845 1750.
Youghal Community Centre will host an Irish language event from 7-9pm, which will include story and poetry readings, music and a talk on the origins and history of Irish dance.
Youghal Celebrates History, Youghal Little Theatre and Youghal Men’s Shed will present a night of favourite recitations performed by people who created them from 7.30-9.30pm at Tynte’s Castle, Red Store in Youghal.
More information on East Cork’s Culture Night events can be found by downloading the Culture Night County Cork 2017 brochure at culturenightcorkcounty.ie.

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