Culture Night will take place on Friday 22 September and this year’s free festivities have something for everyone. Venues and public spaces across the island of Ireland open their doors to host a programme of free nighttime entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage, and culture.
The Dock will present an eclectic mixture of free events for all ages. You are invited to dip into fun and interactive activities including a children’s puppet show, a community exhibition, a youth trad session, a screening of local short films, and a performance by cellist Eimear Reidy to round off the night.
All events are free and some require booking. Please go to "Book Now" to reserve your free tickets.
Punch and Judy
From 6-7pm, Custard Pie Puppets bring their adaptation of the classic Punch and Judy to The Dock’s performance space. In this fun-filled, interactive show, a very naughty Mr. Punch is left with the task of minding the house while Judy gets busy with other important chores. Mr. Punch’s inability to take on the simplest of tasks leads to hilarious consequences involving the Gardaí.
Conor’s experience with comedy improvisation and stand-up embellishes this traditional show, bringing audience participation to a whole new level as he deals with individual comments from the audience with aplomb, ensuring no two shows will be the same with this puppetry favourite. A must-see for all the family.
About Custard Pie Puppets
Custard Pie Puppets performs colourful original shows specifically tailored for the family audience and its ethos is built around audience participation, comedy and promoting a shared experience for everyone.
Master puppeteer Conor Lambert has been performing for over 45 years, starting out as Mr. Crow in RTE’s iconic ‘Wanderly Wagon', followed by many performances with and in the Lambert Puppet Theatre and across Europe and consequently founding his own Puppet company with Tessa Fonfara. His experience as a puppeteer prevails in every production with as much detail expressed in movement and manipulation as there is in the sharp witted dialogue.
From 6-8pm, the Leitrim Design House will open the exhibition Connecting Cultures through Craft by members of the Ukrainian community living in the region. The exhibition grew out of a series of workshops led by artist Catherine Gray, funded by Creative Ireland under the Creative Communities programme. These workshops offered an outlet for self-expression and to enable fluid communication through a visual language.
Find out more on their website here.
From 7-8pm, the Jury Room will be filled with the toe-tapping sounds of a traditional music group, led by Irish traditional flautist Emily Keane and harpist Emma Benson.
Emily Keane is from Elphin County Roscommon and has been playing flute since she was 13 years old. Emily has represented her local Elphin CCÉ and Roscommon CCÉ in All Ireland fleadh competitions, where she won gold at the All Ireland Fleadhfest in Sligo this year. Guidance and encouragement from local Roscommon flute players, as well as playing alongside local musicians, have influenced Emily’s flute playing. From both attending lessons and playing at local sessions with the strong North Connacht flute tradition, Emily has learned and developed her flute style from experienced local musicians.
Emma Benson hails from Keadue in County Roscommon and began learning the harp at the age of seven, under the guidance of Michael Rooney. Emma has won numerous All Ireland medals on the harp, including 1st place in Senior Harp in 2022. Along with this, Emma has won many prizes over the years at the prestigious O’Carolan Harp Festivals in Keadue and Nobber Harp Festival. Emma enjoys teaching and performing music and recently appeared on the RTÉ Céilí House Series “Carrying the Tunes”.
No booking required.
From 7-8pm, a series of local short films will take over our performance space. The series comprises films by local filmmakers Declan Faughnan, Donal Conaty and Eva Martin, and David Smith, with a 5-minute break between each film.
Carrick Couples by Declan Faughnan
The first film is the popular video montage, Carrick Couples, collected and collated by Declan Faughnan. Previously screened as part of Carrick Carnival, this montage features photos of couples in Carrick from the 50s, 60s, and 70s as supplied by their descendants, celebrating the Carrick-on-Shannon of old and new.
The Andes call him from the couch by Donal Conaty & Eva Martin
The second film in this series is the premiere of The Andes call him from the couch by Donal Conaty and Eva Martin. This film transports viewers to the Andes in South America when the protagonist interrogates the multiplicity of the self and speculates that he could be an Andean condor or a swift, though he suspects the reality is less glamorous.
Eó Mughna’s Lament by David Smith
The final short film will be from the Dock’s Artist-in-Residence, David Smith. David Smith is an Irish artist who works across painting and film/music works. He has participated in the Hong Kong art prize and also in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture. Recent exhibitions include The RHA Open, The RUA Annual, RUA RED Winter Open and Second Summer at The Dock. His film Eó Mughna’s Lament was recently screened at Cannes Short Film Festival.
From 8.30-9.30pm, Eimear Reidy will present two new works for cello – one commissioned by The Dock, the other supported by a Leitrim County Council Bursary Award.
Reidy is a cellist whose sensitivity and versatility with the instrument spans baroque traditions and historical performance to the extended techniques of improvised and experimental music. Her 2021 debut solo album, Things That Happened at Sea on Nyahh Records, has been described as “intensely lyrical… shivering luminescence” by the Quietus (UK) and “exquisite” by Foxy Digitalis (US).
Reidy has written and performed internationally for theatre and dance performances, while also regularly performing as a soloist, in duos with Natalia Beylis, producer Robert Curgenven and various ensembles at contemporary art centres and festivals including Body and Soul, Feile Na Greine, Idir Dha Thra, Spike Cello and Tradition Now at the National Concert Hall.