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The 2019 Kildare Culture Night Programme has been launched.

On Friday September 20th Wrap Up In Culture

County Kildare celebrates the 10th anniversary of Culture Night


On Friday September 20th over 1600 venues across the island of Ireland will open up after hours with a programme of free cultural entertainment, as part of Culture Night 2019. For us in county Kildare this is a special year as we celebrate our 10th anniversary.  It has been a long journey since we first started in 2010, but the excitement and the involvement of the local groups and communities hasn’t changed.


This year over 80 free events will take place county-wide, from 4pm till midnight; the list includes music gigs, visual art exhibitions, craft workshops and demos, sport and wellbeing experiences, spoken word events, tours, theatre plays, film screenings, culinary and nature events and much more.

Big and small venues will be open and free till late; among them Kilcock Art Gallery, Maynooth Castle, the National Science and Ecclesiology Museum, The Orchard, Bog of Allen Nature Centre, KLeisure, Newbridge Silverware, Dance Tones, United Nations Training School, De Bruir Studio, Burtown House and Gardens.


Public Art Specialist Rina Whyte will guide you into a journey populated by giant balls, great warriors and wooden horses; Athy Film Club will present a new local documentary produced by Storytelling

Productions and directed by Mikey Aldridge; Kildare Village will launch their partnership with IMMA and showcase some works from the international group show Desire: A Revision, From the 20th Century to the Digital Age; a special 10th anniversary Photo Booth will travel from venue to venue in Naas to get you in the picture! Not to be missed also the 3rd edition of Kildare Portrait of the Year Competition, watch while artists portrait two celebrities in the stunning Castletown House.  All this and much more will be happening on Culture Night; there is something for every taste!


This year county Kildare is honoured to have as Local Ambassador Margaret Becker, a stained - glass artist and printmaker, she has been immersed in the arts scene in Kildare for many years. She joined the Graphic Studio in 1973 and she has worked with Patrick Pye and Patrick Pollen and examples of her stained glass can be seen in many well known churches and public buildings in Ireland. She also founded the Leinster Printmaking Studio in Clane in 1998, an artist led studio.


Commenting on this year’s programme of events in county Kildare, Margaret said: “It was a great honour to be invited to be Kildare's Culture Night Ambassador this year. Although I have been immersed in the arts scene in Kildare for many years, I know there is a lot more to discover and I will use this role to do so. I have a keen interest in passing on knowledge and skills to budding artists and I am pleased to see so many events in the Culture Night programme that will appeal to all ages. Hoping to see you along the way!


This Culture Night wrap yourself up in Culture!


The full programme of events and participating venues for Kildare Culture Night 2019 is available in libraries and on or


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For further information on Culture Night Kildare

Contact: Federica Petronilli, Kildare Culture Night Coordinator

Address: Kildare County Council Arts Service, Riverbank, Newbridge, Co Kildare

Tel: 045 448328


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Facebook: Arts in Co Kildare

Tw: @ArtsInCoKildare  #LoveCulture



Culture  Night  is  brought  to  you  by  the  Department  of  Culture,  Heritage  and  the  Gaeltacht  and  the  Creative  Ireland  Programme  in  partnership  with  Kildare County Council.


An  Roinn  Ealaíon,  Oidhreachta  agus  Gaeltachta  a  dhéanann  comhordú  ar  an  Oíche Chultúir, i gcomhpháirt le Comhairle Chontae Chill Dara

 You can download the brochure below or get a Word version here

We are also delighted to announce our Cultural Amabassador for 2019 will be renowned printmaker Margaret Becker.


Cick here to view the 2019 Kildare Culture Night Programme

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