Culture Night 2013- Dublin

by Alison, 02/10/2013

September 20th 2013, was Culture Night. Culture night, is the one evening in the year when the museums, galleries, theatres and buildings of note open their doors and welcome people in for free. There are live performances, street art and walking tours. The city comes alive as people wander the streets, sometimes with an agenda to get to that must see location, sometimes drifting with the crowd and taking in whatever they happen upon.

This was the 8th year of Culture Night and it is no longer confined to Dublin. Events are held in towns all across the country. Ennis in Co.Clare had lots of events, and Glor, the lovely theatre where I saw Doug Allen, had events on all day long. Nevertheless I choose to travel east as I love Dublin on Culture Night. The city is alive and vibrant, but in my opinion its generally quite a relaxed atmosphere. This might also be that after working all day, driving to Dublin and seeing the sights, I'm generally ready to turn into a pumpkin and head to the Luas by 12.

This year I headed into the city with my mum and friend. After a beautiful but brief look inside the Powerscourt Centre we decided to skip the tour. 70 people, 1 guide. We would have needed to be masters at lip reading to learn anything that night.

Next we headed to the the Open Door Gallery, where the theme of the evening was an Edible Gallery. Paintings painted with lickable paints, royal icing and fondant sculptures,  make your own vegetable sculpture, elaborate baked creations and the most amazing collaboration to produce a city map. 50 different chocolate cakes, by 50 different bakers, all iced and put together to make one tasty city. Unfortunately it was so busy I couldn't get it all in frame, but here is a sample of the colourful creations on offer.

The rest of the evening was spent wandering from St Anne's Church on Dawson St, to the National Photographic Archive in the heart of temple bar, to Dublin city hall. Wandering around the streets in the balmy September weather, it was definitely one of those evenings that makes you appreciate the city. 


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