• Clodagh Meaney

A feminist's guide to... Culture Night.

Updated: Mar 9, 2020

By Clodagh Meaney

Culture night is an amazing opportunity to explore new things and activities in your local area that you may never usually experience. The best part, these events are completely free. I love the hustle and bustle of Dublin city after dark. Culture Night makes the city a particularly electric and exciting place to be. This year, it takes place on Friday, September 21st, with events running all across Ireland.

We’ve put together a round-up of all the best feminist events happening on the night, and they’re not just in Dublin. We’ve handpicked some events from up and down the country.

Let’s begin our round-up, in Co.Wexford. Riff Raff Theatre will be performing their new short play ‘TripXtych’. Their 15 minute play is about being out of work, homeless, unwell and female! There are 3 performances taking place on the night:

4.45pm - The Bullring

5.30pm - Selskar Square, Wexford

8.30pm - Beside the Wexford Arts Centre

Letterkenny, Co Donegal, a Spoken Word Poetry Night takes place at Spencer House.

At 8pm Abby Oliveira, a writer and performer opens the show. She has performed at events such as the Singapore Writer's Festival, Glastonbury & Electric Picnic. She is also the host and organiser of a monthly literature and performance event in Derry called “The Monday Night Cure”.

Then at 9, Alice McCullough, an award-winning performance poet from Belfast will read. Alice's poetry has been commissioned for both TV and Radio. The show is then followed with an open mic session.

Castlewood Farm, Durrow, Co Laois is the venue for our next recommendation, Using folding and kneading dough as a metaphor for women’s work, Fold and Rise, is a 2 and a half hour workshop which presents a feminist's perspective on the folding and unfolding of time. They explore the contribution of women in both culture and politics. The process looks at the life and times of Constance Markievicz. Artists Maeve Collins and Julie Griffiths lead the workshop from 7.30pm.

Taking place at The Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa, Killarney at 6pm, Voices for Women is Conducted by Fiona O’Connor. It is a workshop that creates voices for the unknown women of Ireland from the past 100 years. Using pieces of history such as newspapers, and testimonies, the aim is to create monologues, poetry, lyrics and stories through collaboration and remembrance.

Now to our final destination, Dublin’s Fair City has quite a good bit to offer by way of feminist activities on Culture Night.

Print, Protest and the Polls: The Irish suffrage campaign and the power of print media at the National Print Museum. Here you can see how Irish suffragists used print media to promote and protest. The exhibition commemorates 100 years since women were granted a vote in Ireland. The event takes place from 6pm - 9pm at Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Dublin 4.

Artist Aga Szot opens the doors of her studio from 6pm - 11pm. You can visit and see artists paint live as part of an experimental art installation. Guests an see the artists in action as well as learning about their creation process. Their address is 4 Aston Place, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

If you fancy a soaking up the atmosphere with a stroll through Dublin on the night, then you’re in luck. Tour Guide, Vasilena Vasileva is hosting a walking tour to tell the stories of the women who have shaped Ireland through the centuries. The tour begins at 6pm and meets at St. Stephen’s Green, Main Gate - Fusiliers’ Arc.

Alita Rivero is also hosting a tour, in celebration of the centenary since women got the right to vote in Ireland. Starting from Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, this 90-minute tour beginning at 7 pm explores some of the many Irish women who made history. You will explore women past and present, forgotten, and better know, across politics, medicine, the armed forces, and literature.

The final walking tour we recommend is hosted by Tonie Walsh. He leads a tour of historic queer Dublin. Starting at 5 pm, the tour will engage with the political and socio-cultural parts of LGBT+ life in Dublin. Meeting Barnardo Square, Dame St, Dublin 2.

And finally, from 5 pm, BeLonG To Youth Services open their doors to the public for the first time in history. They invite you to hear the stories of LGBTI+ young people as told by current members of the service through poetry and spoken word. They are located on Parliament St, Dublin 2.

You can find out more about culture night on their website.

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