Kerry Artists Go Online For Culture Night

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Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council Patrick Connor-Scarteen and County Arts Officer Kate Kennelly promoting Culture Night.

DESPITE the current COVID-19 pandemic, Culture Night is happening in Kerry this year.

On Friday, September 18, lots of the events are online, to ensure public safety while still providing arts and cultural groups the opportunity of showcasing their work to the Kerry public.

Every year the Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase is launched on Culture Night. This year the launch will be held online, with a 360 panoramic view of the gallery available on Kerry County Arts’ Facebook (@KerryCoArts) page from 6pm on Friday 18th September.  There will also be images of the artists’ works, speeches and access to the exhibition catalogue.

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The Fanzini Brothers will be online will a visual extravaganza full of their signature flair and fun. Catherine Young’s Welcoming Project will be online with a Retrospective of what the innovative dance initiative has achieved using dance as a means of social integration.

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The County Museum has taken a number of events online already this year, and Culture Night will be the same with music and tours available from the Museum’s website on the night.

“It’s a credit to arts and culture groups in Kerry that they are adjusting and adapting to these strange circumstances we are in,” says Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer.

“I would urge people to virtually drop in to as many events as possible on Culture Night and show their support via views and clicks and likes until the time comes again when we can show our appreciation with applause.”

One venue that is hosting a physical event is St. John’s Theatre in Listowel. Under current regulations St John’s Theatre has been hosting physically distanced live events since August so are well practised in ensuring a safe and comfortable experience for the audience.

They are also hosting events run by the Listowel Writers’ Museum (Tales from the Kingdom) and a harping event organised by Jimmy Deenihan.

The Dingle Hub is hosting an online exhibition by Silke Michels and the artist group Mink will have an online launch of their exhibition which is hanging at ANAM cultural centre in Killarney.

Rebecca Lyons in Tralee has taken her Origami installation online and Ionad an Bhlascaoid is hosting an exhibition tonn-fuaime (sound wave) organised by Áine Ní Chiobháin that will be online.

An exhibition by Roisín Ní Chionnfhaolaidh is being hosted online by the Anja GnauckGallery while the Local Creative Youth Partnership will have an exhibition visible from The Mall, Tralee – Windows on Windows.

Heritage Iveragh are taking their popular Rock Art By Night tour online this year as well, so people from far and wide can see from the comfort of their own homes this ancient visual art. Music Generation Kerry is hosting online music workshops for children and young people.

“I would encourage everyone to try this new way of experiencing Culture Night,” says the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen. “Online events give more people the opportunity to take part safely and enjoy what Kerry arts and culture has to offer.”

Information on events can be found at, on Kerry County Arts’ social media (@KerryCoArts) and by emailing or calling 066 7183541.

One Comment

  1. Matty O'Leary says:

    Online just isn’t the same!