11/09/2012 Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, encourages the people of Kerry to participate in Kerry Culture Night 2012.

Culture Night 2012 will take place nationwide on Friday 21st September. Culture Night, which has been held every year since 2006, is based on similar cultural events held in Europe when arts and cultural organisations extend their opening hours and arrange events which are free of charge to the public.

Throughout the county of Kerry there are a number of diverse cultural events taking place.  In advance of Culture Night 2012, Minister Deenihan encouraged people to take part in events this year:

“Whether you are in Tralee, Listowel, Killarney, or Dingle An Daingean, from live music, interactive workshops and gallery tours to talks, drama, dance and a vast choice of other creative activities, Culture Night offers a range of cultural events to appeal to all tastes”.

Highlights of Culture Night in Kerry include an invitation to visit Christine Bowen’s Gallery in Kenmare for art and music. Activities at Brushwood Studios include MA Muller (artist and author of “About Colour”) hosting discussion, and Etienne Muller reading from his poetry anthology “Perspectives” against the backdrop of paintings and batiks by M.A.. Muller,  Jo-Anne Yelen, Pam Muller  and Diana Muller.  The Purcell Gallery will also be open late on culture night with an exhibition of local artists

Sean Agus Nua and restaurant, Casita Mexicana will combine to bring the flavours of Latin America, and particularly Mexico, to Killarney. As part of the Culture Night celebrations, Tacumba Son Jarocho will also give a free open-air performance of jarocho music, a style synonymous with the Mexican state of Veracruz, in Market Square, New Market Lane, Killarney, between the times of 7pm and 8 30pm.

In advance of the musical performance you can visit The Back Lane Gallery where an exhibition entitled ‘Landscapes and People of Kerry’ will show paintings of Killarney and the surrounding area.

In Tralee, Siamsa Tire in association with Kerry County Council and Tralee Chamber Alliance, Tralee Circus Festival, Kerry Bike Festival, Kerry County Museum and Baby Tag are presenting ‘ANIMATING SPACES’ and from 7pm to 11pm. There will be a number of activities taking place around Tralee, each one unique and exciting, encouraging people to discover Tralee in a whole new light. Samples of activities include: A Secret Tralee Story Trail, The Big Feed (tasting the best of local produce), An Art Trail which takes over derelict spaces in town, A Fire Show and Walking Tours of the Town.

While in Dingle An Daingean, Díseart Institiuid Oideachais & Cultúir Dúchais will host a literary Workshop and reception featuring published and soon to be published writers from An Sagart.

“Culture Night is primarily about getting people out and about to engage with arts and cultural events in their own area.  The arts and cultural communities are inviting people, some of whom may be unused to visiting galleries or attending talks, to take time and to participate in an event in their locality. Ireland’s cultural sector is one of the most distinctive and attractive in Europe. Culture is a vibrant part of the social fabric in Ireland and Culture Night has established itself as a key date on the cultural calendar. I would encourage everyone to participate in some way in the varied events which will take place in Kerry” said Minister Deenihan.
11th September, 2012

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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