Puppeteer Josephine Dennehy from Crawford Gallery with her puppet Professor Crawford preparing for Culture Night. Photo: Darragh Kane

It’s time culture vultures!

There’s just one day to go before one of the most unique nights in Cork city - a night that’s a real celebration of celebration of culture, creativity, the arts and Cork itself too!

Cork City Culture Night takes place tomorrow with over a 150 diverse events to choose from with something for everyone.

Indeed, Cork city is swimming in culture this month with so many events taking place, from the Cork Folk Festival, Coughlans 10th birthday celebrations and Pitch’d Circus and Ardú street art events and more.

To celebrate Culture Night, some Cork culture vultures gave us some of their top tips:

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Deirdre Forde said she would recommend hopping on a Bus Éireann Culture Bus from City Hall and listening to one of the many Cork poets and writers taking part in ‘Words in Motion’, curated by the Munster Literature Centre. She would like to call into the City Library on Grand Parade for the launch of their new outdoor space before heading to Douglas to listen to the illustrated talk on The Battle of Douglas by historian John O’Donovan at Canon Packham Hall.

Seán Kelly, CEO at The Everyman, who are hosting their very popular Backstage Tour said: “Unsurprisingly, I’ll be bringing my kids to The Everyman for storytelling and general fun. They always love it. Moving away from my home patch, I’d love to carry on to St Fin Barre’s Cathedral for choral evensong and a guided tour. I think I’d finish up in Rising Sons for a brewery tour and guided tasting. I can’t wait!”

Dr Danielle O’Donovan, Programme Manager at Nano Nagle Place who are hosting a number of different events, said that Culture Night is one of her favourite nights of the year and her top picks would be to take her kids to Backwater Artist’s Group for Check Mates and to the Rap, Beats & Song writing Workshop for children & teens at the Kabin Studio. Then she’d have to book a slot in Electric to see Cork’s only ‘consulting historian’ Dr Tom Spalding talk about the Cork Great Exhibition.

She said: “I’d head to the Masonic Lodge and the open studios in Cork Sculpture Factory too. There is so much to choose from.”

Writer Conal Creedon said: “Here are a few if I had to pick. I would like to be at the Millennium Hall for Superstar Circus from 4.30pm to 5.30pm followed by Pedro Tochas – Clown also at the Millennium Hall from 6.15pm to 7pm. Then I’d head to l’Atitude 51.”

Conal would also like to fit in one of two screenings of the Quay Co-Op 40th anniversary documentary at 4.30pm and 6.30pm followed by a visit to Shandon Art Studios.

Ashley Keating, Programme Manager at Cork Opera House recommends the Curator’s Tour at Cork City Museum in Fitzgerald’s Park where curator Dan Breen, will take visitors through the exhibitions to discover the most important and unusual artefacts on display. Magic Nights by the Lee at City Hall, a very special late-night event which will bring together some of Cork’s legendary artists with some of the freshest contemporary musicians, would also be a highlight for Ashley.

Culture night doesn’t stop there. There is so much to choose from on the night, so start planning your jam packed, evening. You won’t want to miss this!

The Cork Independent are delighted to be media partners for Cork City Culture Night.