Dublin Culture Night 2018 Recommendations

21 Sep 2018

Dublin Culture Night 2018 Highlights

Tonight is Culture Night in Dublin. For one night only, usually a Friday in mid-September, the city comes to life to celebrate culture, creativity and the arts in venues of all shapes and sizes that extend their opening hours to facilitate public access after-hours. All events are free, some are ticketed while others require a bit of patience and an orderly queue, which always moves quickly. This year, like every year, there is a packed program of events that showcase the best of Dublin city culture with unique events and workshops, visits to museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres.

Here are our top five highlights we recommend checking out this evening.


1. RTÉ Open Air Concert

One of the biggest and most exciting events of 2018’s Culture Night is happening outside the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. Ireland’s finest musical artists will be performing including Gavin James, Mick Flannery and Villagers with the dark horse being the up and coming Mango X Mathman. All are expected tp perform with orchestral and choral arrangements. This event is free, no tickets are required for entry but expect big queues so arrive early to secure your spot and as this is an open-air concert so be sure to dress for the weather. A variety of food and drinks options will be available onsite.


Kick off time is 20.00 until 22.00


How to get here:

Head to Benburb St, Arran Quay, Dublin 7 – make your way down the quays on the northside in the direction of The Phoenix Park, and it's pretty hard to miss.


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2. Abbey Theatre

Full theatrics for this behind-the-scenes exhibit tour of the infamous Abbey Theatre or join a theatre-making workshop. Behind-the-scenes exhibit will reveal how stage work is done as well as the history of the theatre. At the theatre-making workshop discover the craft that brings the magic to theatre audiences. All these events are free but you will need a ticket and these will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 4pm tonight at the Abbey Theatre.


Behind-the-scenes exhibition: 16.00 – 20.00

Theatre-making Workshop: 19.30 – 21.30


How to get here:

Just off O’Connell, near Clery’s and the Luas stop, you will see the theatre. The official address is 26/27 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.



3. Attention Bébé

If you love 80s and 90’s music and love a good party, then Meeting House Square is the place to be this Culture Night. Think the Venga Bus is coming and much more! If you are wondering where you know this band from, think no more as they are a staple on the Irish festival circuit. Expect an eclectic crowd and arrive early to secure a place inside the venue. There are earlier events including a Vogue Interactive Dance Class at 18.00, Shanghai Empireast Culture Group at 18.20 & 19.30 and The Brass Kings at 18.50. There will also be entertainment after Attention Bébé perform.

Kick off time for Attention Bébé is 20.00 until 21.00


How to get here:

Walk down Essex Street (Temple Bar) in the direction of the Irish Film Institute or The Button Factory, you will find Meeting House Square here.



4. Born Optimistic

The Unitarian Church have a stellar line up this Culture Night. They are celebrating Mic Christopher’s and Leonard Cohens birthday with fitting musical events. There will be three live acts as follows;


18.00: The Daydreamers Kid's Choir sing some songs from Mic Christopher's album Skylarkin'.


20.00: Delush, a super soulful piano pop outta Ireland via Berlin, will perform for their first time.


22.00: Leonard's Corner sing the songs of Leonard Cohen. This is the first time Born Optimistic have ever promoted a covers band.


How to get here:

At the Stephens Green end of Grafton Street, stay on the right-hand side of the green (shopping centre side). Within five minutes you will find the Unitarian Church.



5. Discovery Gospel Choir, Hit Machine Drummers & more

Head to the heart of the Civic Offices on Wood Quay where you will discover The Amphitheatre, an open-air stage that will play host to a varied selection of live pop-up performances;


18.30    Discovery Gospel Choir

18.55    Hit Machine Drummers

19.30    The New Brass Kings

19.55     Hit Machine Drummers

20.30     The Ramparts: A Cappella

20.55     The Lalala Choir with Sam Kavanagh

21.10     Dublin Circus Project


How to get here:

From O’Connoll Street, walk down the quays in the direction of Christ Church or the Brazen Head. Walk past Smock Alley and you will find The Amphitheatre shortly past this.