Almost 200 venues in the capital participating in annual event
The ninth edition of Culture Night takes place on Friday 19 September in towns and cities across the island of Ireland, from 17.00 until 23.00.
In Dublin there are 196 venues getting involved, offering free tours, performances and live music. Highlights include viewing rare company documents at the Guinness Archives; drive-in cinema at the Complex in Smithfield Square; the RTE children's choir performing a Hansel and Gretel music trail down Grafton Street; galleries and antique shops staying open late on Francis Street in the Liberties; and a visit to the house of the president, Aras an Uachtarain in the Phoenix Park.
There are also Joycean readings at Sweny's Pharmacy of Ulysses fame; RTE's concert orchestra performing in Temple Bar; have a look inside the Freemason's headquarters on Molesworth Street; or take part in “Downstairs Dublin” which is dedicated to the basements of the Georgian townhouses on Merrion Square.
Dublin bus is also providing free tours on various routes through the city with storytelling, music and comedy on-board.
Culture Night was launched in 2006 in Dublin by Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) and has grown each year since then, with over 350,000 people getting involved across Ireland last year. For full Dublin events see website.