Waterford 17th September 2021  1:30pm til late.

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This Culture Night, Waterford City and County invites you to join in and be entertained with free events happening throughout the day and night. Here is the Culture Night 2021 line-up so far. More events to be added.

– From 1:30pm

The Molly Keane Awards – Online


Since 1998 the Waterford Arts Office has been running this national annual Creative Writing Award to celebrate the rich literary life of the late Molly Keane.

The winning story will be announced at an online via Waterford in Your Pocket on Culture Night.

– From 3pm

Duo Frizzante: Nostalgic Melodies From Across the Decades – Tramore

3pm and 4:30pm

Waterford Libraries and Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens are teaming up for Culture Night.

Cath Desmond on violin and Marian Ingoldsby on keyboard join forces to present a programme of nostalgic melodies from across the decades for Culture Night 2021. The salon selection will include classical favourites, Neapolitan songs and Irish airs.

Times and Venues:
3pm at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens Tramore
4:30pm at Lower Main Street, Tramore

To book your place contact: or phone 076 110 2844 text 086 8493877

– From 4pm

A Blend of Culture – The rogue Gallery and Studios

4pm to 9pm

A Blend of Culture Juxtaposes the work of Aiden Dunne and Atilla Nagy. The exhibition explores the similarities between Irish and Hungarian lifestyles and landscapes.

The exhibition is curated by Janie Kavanagh.

Click here for more information.

The Rogue Gallery, 25 Michael St. Waterford.

– From 5pm

Freestyle Friday – Hanover Street

5pm to 7pm

Introducing our Culture Night Waterford Youth Committee:
Izzy Tiernan
David Bejelac
Ash Lawlor,
Oran Byrne

Bursting onto the scene as a new production group, Youth Arts Live would like to present: Freestyle Friday! An initiative headed by YAL for Culture Night 2021. Join us for an evening of off-the-bat, spontaneous music and rap. The artists playing will be paired together, none of them having any idea who they will be with! So come along for some free styling shenanigans and a heap of local Waterford talent.

Emmet Brickley’s Pineapple Pieces – GOMA, 6 Lombard Street

5pm to 9pm

GOMA invites you to Pineapple Pieces, a solo exhibition of paintings by the artist Emmet Brickley.
Late night opening for Culture Night 5pm to 9pm.
Live music in the gallery.

Culture Night Gathering at Pheonix Yard – O’Connell Street

5pm to 9pm approx.

Pop down to our Cultural Quarters and listen to some world beats and vibes. Have a bite to eat, perhaps a cocktail or coffee and feel the vibes.

Please social distance.

Tannoy Takeover – Gavey’s SuperValu, Dungarvan

5.30pm onwards

Our special offer for culture night is poets, colette Colfer, Frank Farrelly and Lani ó Hanlon reading from their work in Garvey’s SuperValu, Dungarvan. Come along and enjoy our special three pack offer, free of charge while you shop!

 – From 6pm

Music Generation Waterford – Cathedral Square


Music Generation Waterford will be performing at 6pm at Cathedral square, Waterford.

Forgotten Harvest – The Top of The City Community Gardens


Culture Night at The Gardens will bring you Music and local trade. It kicks off at 6pm. Please pre-book tickets.
Featuring: Caela Murphy, Fi Music and Under Starling

This is a free event. Book:



Healing Sounds Outdoors – University Hospital Waterford
Pictured: Healing Sounds musicians Michelle Haberlin, Alan Browne, Eoin O Meachair, Liam Kavanagh and Liam Merriman.

6pm to 7:30pm

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) will celebrate Culture Night 2021 by bringing live music to the grounds of University Hospital Waterford (UHW) on Friday 17 September between 6pm and 7.30pm.  This special acoustic session will be provided by WHAT’s Healing Sounds team of musicians Liam Merriman, Eoin O Meachair, Alan Browne, Michelle Haberlin and Liam Kavanagh.               For more info click here.

Thomas Francis Meagher Fife and Drum Band – Bishop’s Palace


The Thomas Francis Meagher Fife and Drum Band will be performing at 6pm at Bishop’s Palace near the 9/11 Memorial. Please follow all Covid safety guidelines.

The Story of The First Battle of Moytura – Cath Maige Tuireadh – Online


An online storytelling event brought to you by Janie Kavanagh and John Bermingham. The story of the firdt battle of Cath Maige Tuireadh depicts the tale of the Firboig and the first comings of the Tuatha Dé Danann and the fight for Ireland and the planes of Cong Co. Mayo.

Fingerbraiding – Garter Lane Courtyard

6pm to 7pm

When Waterford was called Vedrafjordr every cord, from sewing thread to ship’s ropes had to be made by hand.

Fingerbraiding is a fun way to turn five loops of wool into a strong and attractive cord which was used to decorate clothes and prevent fraying. Easy to learn and fun to do. Come and make your own armband using this ancient method.

Age group: 8 to 80 years old

Workshop Co-ordinator: Heidr from Vadrafjordr

Click here for more info.

Nature Immersion At Nightfall – The Copper Coast

6pm to midnight

Join environmental artist Sean Corcoran on Culture Night for a unique experience on The Copper Coast. This is an opportunity to challenge your senses and absorb your surroundings as the tide and light shifts around you.

This is a free event but booking in advance is essential.
To reserve places please whatsapp Sean on 0872524657
The maximum number of participants is 20.
For more info click here

Dungarvan Poet Laureate Áine Uí Fhoghlú Reading – Online


A recording of Dungarvan Poet Laureate Áine Uí fhoghlú reading her commissioned poem for the town.

Online at Waterford in Your Pocket and Youtube.

Online Poetry Film of Town Poem 6:30pm

Click here for information.

Waterford Treasures Museum Tours – Cathedral Square

6:30pm to 9:30pm

Waterford Treasures has two options for visitors on culture Night. You can choose between a free curator tour of the Irish Silver Museum or the Museum of Time by following the links below – or, you can even do both! Unfortunately there are limited spaces this year so make sure you reserve your free space asap.

Irish Silver Museum:
Irish Museum of Time:

 – From 7pm

Henry Glassie : Field Work – Garter Lane Theatre


Doors open at 6:30pm

Over the lasr 50 years the celebrated American folklorist Henry Glassie has been writing in-depth studies of communities and their art. Inspired br the writings and ideas of Glassie – ‘Field Work’ is an immersive and meditative documentary set among the rituals and rhythms of working artists across Brazil, Turkey, North Carolina and Ireland. The process of making something out of raw materials is luminously manifested in sequences which reflect in their measured and attentive approach real time process of making, of the work of hands and of the close attention the artist is bringing to the work.

Booking is essential. please go to the Garter Lane website for important information for visiting the theatre.

Simon Harden – Christ Church Cathedral


Simon Harden presents an eclectic programme of lively and joyous music from German and Spanish baroque to French late Romantic and twentieth century works. The musical journey displays the many colours of the organ at Christ Church Cathedral Waterford and opens a door on the fascinating, diverse range of music written for the ‘King of the Instruments’.

Barrack Street Concert Band – Bailey’s New Street


The Barrack Street Concert Band will perform on Bailey’s New Street at 7pm on Culture Night.

The Campervan of sound – Hanover Street


The Campervan of Sound returns this year in the beautiful setting of Hanover Street, in the Waterford Viking Triangle. The Campervan of Sound is an immersive live music experience. Join the VW van for an open music session on Culture Night 17th Sept 2021.

Waterford Writers

7pm to 8:30pm

Waterford Writers will be having their event at Waterford College of Further Education from 7pm to 8.30pm. This event will take place outdoors but there is also an indoor space in reserve. Waterford Writers offers a Sunday Miscellany style event for Culture Night, with a mix of music, stories and poetry.
“We aim to make everyday moments sparkle.”

Venue to be announced.

Under The Tree Sessions


Coffee House Lane (Tree outside Trade Coffee).

Best selling literary journal The Waxed Lemon presents this Culture Night outdoor event. “Under The Tree Sessions” will feature a wealth of local talent with live readings and music. Curated by Joanne McCarthy and Derek Flynn.

City of Waterford Brass – Bishop’s Palace Cafe


City of Waterford Brass will perform a popular selection of music on Friday 17th September for Culture Night Waterford at 7 – 7:30 in Constitution Square beside the Bishop’s Palace. The band will be performing a variety of music to suit all tastes.

The performance will feature the band’s Rapiano cornet player Aoife Temple as soloist. Aoife is a talented young musician who has played cornet with the band for several years. She is an accomplissed pianist and was a member of the WIT Music School Choral programme for many years.

The band will be following all Covid safety guidelines throughout the performance.

De La Salle Scout Pipeband – Bishop’s Palace


The De La Salle Scout Pipeband is performing at Bishop’s Palace at 7:45pm. Please follow all Covid safety guidelines.

– From 8pm

Culture Night Lights By Ard Scoil Na nDéise – Dungarvan

At lighting up time.

This year students have created a series of lantern sculptures based on Dungarvan’s Poetry Town celebration. Students from various year groups are involved & have constructed beautiful sculpture pieces which will be illuminated on Culture Night.

Outside Old Market House Arts Centre, Lower Main Street, Dungarvan.

Club Culture – Online


The mini documentary “Club Culture” will air at 8pm this Friday via Waterford in Your Pocket as part of the online Culture Night celebrations.

Sports Culture is the fabric of our city.

Produced and directed by Anna Jordan
Edited and filmed by Thomas Grace.
Sound by Heather Troy Whelan.
Art by Rachel Roberts.

Click here for trailer.

Alex Gough, Jess Reinl and Waiting Space – Theatre Royal


Irish hip-hop artist Alex Gough, Singer/songwriter Jess Reinl and Waiting Space (Chris Falconer) will be performing live at the Theatre Royal, 8pm, this Culture Night.

Tickets must be booked in advance.

Please go to the website for the Theatre Royal’s Covid guidelines and booking information.

Culture at Clancy’s – Clancy’s Bar Tallow


Songs, drama and poetry from 8pm at Clancy’s Bar, Barrack Street, Tallow, Waterford.

– From 9pm

The Beat of The Land – William Vincent Wallace Plaza


Brought to you by Bonnie Boux.
With @alieninthewonderland5, Amy Phelan, @raya.tuohy
Music by Darragh Browne on the bodhrán and Trevor Darmody’s WAMA drummers.
Make up by Derek Harvey @derek_harvey_makeup





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