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SEVERAL EVENTS are to be held across the county on Friday for Culture Night.

‘One Night For All’ is the theme of Culture Night this year with a diverse programme of events and activities for all ages planned for Co Clare.

This year’s programme, which is organised by Clare Arts Office and funded by Clare County Council and The Arts Council, is filled with almost 40 free events across the county. Events are live marking a return to in-person events.

All genres of the arts sector will be programmed include music, song and dance, literature, film, art, and workshops starting at 4.00pm until late. All events are free of charge and are suitable for all ages. In addition to showcasing traditional and established work, Clare Culture Night is delighted to include events from newly settled communities to our county.

Ennis will host a miscellany of events throughout the evening as glór opens the evening with Laoise Kelly and Tola Custy and later that night host one of Culture Nights first late night events. The Circus Ponies, an exciting group of musicians and singers will entertain on the steps of Ennis Courthouse. Mná ag Gáire will host ‘Hands in Harmony’, a Deaf Community Choir followed by a poetry reading from ‘Queering the Green – Post 2000 Queer Irish Poetry’. De Valera Library will open its doors to music and poetry while a bilingual poetry and music event with Emer O’Flaherty and Joanne Callinan will be held at Clare Museum.

Mountshannon Arts Festival will ‘Shine a Light for Culture Night’ as they host a Lantern Festival in the beautiful setting of Aistear Park. Traditional music events will be held in Tulla and Tuamgraney and the Viewpoints art exhibition at Scariff Library. A trio of young musicians, Harpanno will perform in Sixmilebridge and David Hope will launch his new album in Shannon.

A full schedule is planned for West Clare at the tranquil setting of Lissycasey, music and dancing in Kilrush Square and Quilty. Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee will host the screening of ‘The Job of Songs’ an intimate film about musicians in County Clare followed by The Riches of Clare concert.

Stories will be weaved and yarns spun at Stacks in Ennistymon with Aindrias de Staic and Jean Moran. Oliver O’Connell will premiere the screening of ‘Always a Journey Never a Destination’ at the Teach Ceoil. While ‘Real Time Science’ are looking forward to some exciting experiments for children in their online workshop.

Additional events will be added to the programme in the run up to Culture Night. Siobhan Mulcahy, Arts Officer with Clare County Council said, “We are excited to be fully back with in-person events this year. The range of events taking place county-wide highlights the diversity of work on offer in the county and the talent that exists in our communities”.

Details of the Culture Night programme for County Clare and links to online events can be seen at www.culturenight/clare/events or www.clarearts.ie

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