For the eleventh year running, Culture Night will see venues and organisations across the country throwing open their doors and welcoming the public, without charge.
Culture Night 2016 is happening this Friday, September 16th, but thanks to The Journal and Dublin Bus I got a sneak preview of three of this year’s attractions: the grand and historic Freemasons’ Hall, the impressive Witness History exhibition at the GPO and the lovely Copper House art gallery.
The night is always great craic and if you plan wisely you can squeeze in so many attractions and events, not to mention gaining access to some of the coolest buildings in the capital. No matter how well you know Dublin, this is a brilliant opportunity to explore the city and see it through fresh eyes.
Along with the venues mentioned above, some of the most popular promise to be RTE’s takeover of Dublin Castle, with live music, theatre, talks and workshops, and O’Connell Street’s showcase of ideas from the campaign to win European Capital of Culture. There will also be a host of events taking place on Smithfield Square.
To help you get around, Dublin Bus will run free shuttle buses every 20 minutes – complete with trad music on board – which you can catch from Bachelor’s Walk, Aston Quay, College Green and Eden Quay.
Culture Night 2016 is Friday, September 16th from 5-11pm. All participating venues are free, but some require advance booking; find out more on the website or download the Culture Night app!