Monday, 25 September 2017

Irish Research Council announce programme of events for Culture Night 2017

The invisible world of textiles, an examination of how bodily sounds are portrayed on screen, and an exploration of martial arts music will form just part of the exciting line-up of the Irish Research Council’s 2017 Culture Night programme. 

Culture Night takes place nationwide on Friday, 22nd September, from 5pm to 10pm, and for a second year in a row the Irish Research Council is offering a jam-packed schedule of activities in the historic surrounds of Boston College on Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green. 

The Irish Research Council’s 2017 Culture Night programme will build on the success of last year’s, which saw over 400 people in attendance.

Programme highlights
This year, there will be a range of performances, demonstrations and interactive talks led by researchers funded by the Irish Research Council.  Schedule highlights include:

  • An exploration of the stories of enchantment and entrapment from the Irish fairy tradition led by Mary Mc Laughlin (Walton Room, 5pm).
  • An investigation of how bodily sounds are portrayed on screen, including cinematic heartbeat effects in horror movies and sonic representatives of bodily actions by Caitríona Walsh. (Lonsdale Room, 5.15pm).
  • An introduction to the nature and beauty of coloured stone in Dublin’s Victorian architecture by Christine Casey and Patrick Wyse Jackson (Walton Room, 5:45pm).
  • An interactive demonstration looking at the martial art of kung fu, and how it allows the Chinese diaspora to promote their heritage outside of China by Colin McGuire (Lonsdale Room, 6pm).
  • A discussion on the creative process of collaborations between sean nós singers and contemporary composers by Stephanie Ford (Walton Room, 6.30pm).
  • A performance and visual arts piece revealing the invisible world of textiles by researcher Susan Campbell (Lonsdale Room, 6.45pm).

Announcing details of their Culture Night Programme today, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of the Irish Research Council, said: “We’re delighted to launch our programme of events for this year’s Culture Night. Culture Night is an ideal opportunity for the public to engage with the work our talented researchers are doing across the arts and humanities sectors.

“We were thrilled with the reception to our programme last year, and we hope to further build on that success this year. We have a fun and and exciting line-up of interactive activities including music performances, discussions and demonstrations – there will be something for everyone to enjoy, while also highlighting the achievements of our researchers.

“We’re excited to be back in the historical surroundings of Boston College, and we would encourage anyone with an interest in history or architecture to come along to explore the building which forms an important part of our built heritage.”

The Irish Research Council’s full programme for Culture Night is available at All activities will be offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.