Culture Night in Sligo, 2014


Sligo to celebrate Culture Night with diverse mix of events, all free-of-charge, to take place across Sligo

Culture Night celebrates culture, creativity and the arts and takes place on Friday 19th September 2014. Arts and cultural organisations will open their doors until late with free events, workshops & performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

The diverse mix of events, all free-of-charge, will take place across Sligo’s leading arts venues, the Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, and in private artists’ studios. Running from early evening until very late, there will be something for everyone.

Children will be enchanted by ‘Set Sail’ a collaboration between the Hawk’s Well Theatre and The Model with Monkeyshine Theatre.‘Set Sail’ will be a fantastical theatre adventure with tall tales to be told. It’s all hands on deck for this mini voyage into the unknown. Ships will be setting sail from The Model at 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30 pm and the Hawk’s Well Theatre at 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm and 6.30pm. This show is ideal for children ages 5+ advance booking is required.

Gary Reddin, Pauline Terry and Amy McGovern are just some of Sligo’s leading artists who will be opening their studios to the public on Culture Night. The Model Artists Studios will be open to the public from 6-8pm, with artists in attendance to talk visitors through their work. Renowned Northern Ireland Artist Graham Gingles will be at Hamilton gallery on Culture night from 6 – 8 pm for an informal meet and greet with art lovers, against the backdrop of his exhibition Bad flowers, glass birds and other ideas which runs at the gallery throughout September. Sligo’s galleries will also remain open late. You can visit exhibitions by Susan Hiller & Jack B Yeats at The Model from 6-8pm, the Paul Rose Exhibition at the Hyde Bridge Galley will remain open until 10pm as will Helen Pinof’s exhibition Urban Jungle at Hawk’s Well Theatre. The Sligo Drink and Draw group will meet in Osta Café at 7pm -9pm. The idea of Drink and Draw is simply to meet and sketch informally over a few drinks in a pub or café. There are no tutors analysing your work or any exams, it’s just a relaxed evening where you can sketch, share your art, your influences and company! The group is open to all skill levels.

Bettina Seitz

Sligo Crafts are also represented with the esteemed Bettina Seitz & Lydna Gault hosting workshops for both adults and children. Sculpture workshops with Bettina Seitz start run from 6pm -7pm and 8pm-9pm. Lynda Gault will host Halloween themed Ceramic Workshops from 6pm-7pm and 8pm-9pm. You will find the artists’ studios at Area 4 Art Studios, Lower Quay Street, Sligo. In his unique, humorous and intrepid style Blue Raincoat Theatre Company’s John Carty will provide a theatre workshop for the whole family that will get everyone moving and shaking. This workshop takes place in the Factory Performance Space, Lower Quay Street, Sligo, at 7pm sharp.

Enjoy a variety of live performances throughout Culture Night Sligo. Music Generation Sligo presents ‘The Big Bang’ at The Bakeshop & Lyons Café. Young composers & musicians will perform a selection of music from the popular Music Generation Sligo’s productions Big Bang & Fleadh Fusions. The performance begins at 5pm. Sligo’s Yeats Day will curate a celebration of the William Butler Yeats including poetry, drama and music at City Hall between 6pm to 9pm.

Sligo Youth Theatre present Culture Vultures three sharp witty creations devised directed and performed by members of the Youth Theatre at 7pm, 8pm & 9pm at the Youth Theatre, Lower Quay Street, booking advisable. Pop into The Nest at Custom House, Lower Quay Street on Culture Night and enjoy the Tea House and Exhibition space as the members of Branching Out, youth arts group, bring the venue alive.

Masonic Lodge


Spike Sligo presents SPIKEd, Barry Cullen’s one man show about the life of Spike Milligan at the iconic Masonic Lodge, The Mall Sligo. Performances at 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm. Sligo’s Masonic Lodge will also open its doors to the public for tours and a presentation on its history on Culture Night. To book contact

The Ravens among the Reeds’ is an immersive theatre experience that combines all the glamour, guts and romanticism of Sligo’s revolutionary history. Produced by Margaret Kilcoyne the location will only be revealed upon booking Call 0719163761 to find out more.

Vinyl Culture presents an interactive selection of music sharing and passionate storytelling revealing Sligo’s favourite music from the vinyl era at Fureys, Bridge St from 6pm. There’s a double bill of exceptional talent at the Hawk’s Well Sligo: two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) join with The Almost Unwanted; Cathy Jordan (voice, bodhrán and tenor guitar), Rick Epping (harmonica, concertina, banjo, jaw harp) and Seanan Brennan (mandola, guitar) for an evening of transatlantic music. Tickets are free but demand will be high therefore advance booking is recommended.

PassePartout Circus are delighted to present their brand new night-time show, Inferno, a spectacle that brings to life the element of Fire, especially for Culture Night at The Model. Mysterious, skilful and totally unique, INFERNO will transport you into a realm of fire & shadow, music and wonder. Two performances will take place at The Model, Connaughton Road Car Park entrance, 7.45pm to 8.30pm & 10.30pm to 11.15 pm.

All events are free of charge but places are limited for some events. Further info on booking is available on the Culture Night Sligo Facebook page and from each of the venues directly.

Get updates from Culture Night Sligo Facebook Page, Twitter: @culturesligo, Instagram: @culturesligo and download the app for free in the App Store or in Google Play. Be sure to use Hashtag: #culturenight #sligo

Culture Night Sligo is co-ordinated by Hawk’s Well Theatre on behalf of Culture Night Sligo partner venues Hawk’s Well, The Model and Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and supported by Sligo County Council Arts Service. Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the regional arts offices, local authorities and other cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland.

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