Looking forward to Culture Night

Culture Night sees venues and public spaces across Ireland open their doors to host a programme of free entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture.

It returns for its 14th year on Friday, September 20, and across north Westmeath there’s all kinds of day and night-time events taking place, from a high energy dance display by Energy Plus School of Dance on Dominic Square at 6.30 to public art tours with Ruth Illingworth, and drop-in family workshops in Mary Street’s Crane Bird art studio. You can take in some cultural heritage by visiting Belvedere House and Gardens, by day or by night. Mullingar has a range of events, but so too does Castlepollard, Delvin, Fore, Ballynacargy and Rochfortbridge. Westmeath Culture Night is a platform to showcase the county’s rich cultural offering and designed to make the arts accessible to everyone – enthusiasts and novices alike.

You are bound to find whatever you are looking for at Westmeath Culture Night with its wealth of exhibitions, dance performances, historic talks, musical concerts, drama, open gardens and much, much more. Please come and enjoy what out county has to offer as all events are free.

Tour of Public Art in Mullingar, meeting at Market House with guide Ruth Illingworth. Market House, Mullingar 2-3pm

Dionysus School of Dance, Atrium, County Buildings, 4-5pm

Opening of Cathedral Museum, 5.30-8pm

Le Verna Art Group Exhibition, Atrium, County Buildings 9am-5pm

Spirit Performance of Dance Technique will hold a Dance Workshop in Mullingar Arts Centre, 5-6pm

Belvedere by Day – Guided Tour of Parklands and Gothic Follies, 4-5.30pm

Belvedere by Night – Guided Tour of Belvedere House and its hidden histories, 6-8pm

Music Jammers in association with Offaly Westmeath Music Generation, Mullingar Library, 6-7pm

Open Evening showcasing artworks, Imagination Creative Therapies, Springfield Cottages, Delvin Road, Mullingar, 6pm-9pm

Drop-in Family Workshop exploring watercolours, Crane Bird Art School, Mary Street, 6.15-7.30pm

Seisiún showcasing Irish music, dance, singing, storytelling and Irish language, Áras an Mhuilinn, 8.30-11.30pm

Ballet, Tap, Modern, Acro, Hip Hop and song dance display presented by the talented members of Energy Plus School of Dance, Dominick Place, 6.30-7.15pm

Ballynacargy Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann – night of Irish music, song, dance and stories, Teach Ceoil, Ballynacargy, 8-10pm

James Joyce reading group invite people to come along to listen and/or read, no knowledge of Joyce required – just curiosity and interest. Tearoom, Tullynally Castle, 7.30-8.30pm

My Garden in Bloom by Dolores Keaveney, Author and Illustrator, Castlepollard Library, 4-5pm

Lesley Gleeson invites adults and children alike to bring their favourite books, and either read a passage, or for our younger speakers just tell us what they like about the book, plot, favourite characters from 6pm.

An evening of relaxation through Sound, Butterfly Cottage Retreat, Hiskinstown, Delvin, 7.30-9pm

Write here, Write now, Writers Group holding an Open Mic Evening – Poetry and Storytelling followed by Traditional Music, Seven Wonders Pub, Fore, 8-11:30pm

Night of Traditional Irish music, storytelling, Léiriú, song and dance, St Joseph’s Parish Hall, 7.30-9.30pm

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