Culture Night 2018 takes place across the island on Friday 21 September, with a vast and diverse range of events pencilled in to take place in all 32 counties. Within them are some events that touch upon the ‘Decade of Centenaries’. The County Library in Tallaght will be hosting a lecture by Brian Hanley to accompany its current exhibition on 1918, while the ‘Fold & Rise’ workshop being held in Durrow, Co. Laois, touches upon the Representation of the People Act of 1918 and the life of Constance Markievicz.
Culture Night is also a great opportunity to explore some of the ongoing centenary exhibitions in the National Library of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, National Photographic Archive and the National Print Museum.
That said, if one is interested in the ‘Decade of Centenaries’, you don’t have to look for the word ‘centenary’ in the listings for Culture Night. Not every event has a centenary theme by any means, but many of the events with a history or heritage theme that are taking place – talks, exhibitions, walking tours, performances, workshops – cast light on the issues, events, and individuals of the revolutionary period, as part of their wider exploration of Irish history and heritage. The question then becomes what to choose from. Pick up a brochure or explore the full listings on the official Culture Night website, and enjoy what the night has to offer.