Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year, it will take place on Friday 22nd September 2017. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural Institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge.
Culture Night has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it now is, with some 350,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the country. The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.
Regional Cultural Centre Programme of Events
6pm – 7pm: New Gallery (Gallery 2), Ground Floor Drop-In Origami Workshop with RCC Artist-in-residence Cathal McGinley.
8.30pm – 8.45pm, Main Gallery (Gallery 1), First Floor
Gallery talk on Eamon O’Kane and the ‘Exploring Architecture’ exhibition by his father the artist Eddie O’Kane.
6pm – 10pm, Process Room, First Floor
Drop-In, Hands-On, Art-Room
Following successful art rooms in recent summers, the RCC once again created a large-scale, hands-on, art-room curated by Harriet Purkis where visitors can find out more about the exhibitions on display and make their own artworks. The 2017 room was created in partnership with Eamon O’Kane and is based on his Frobel studio project. Children and families have the opportunity to experiment with a range of ideas and materials.
6pm – 10pm, Main Gallery (Gallery 1), First Floor
Exploring Architecture: Eamon O’Kane
A mid-career partial retrospective of the work of the Donegal born, Danish based artist, comprising of work in a range of media on the subject of architecture. Eamon O’Kane is a prolific artist who has exhibited all over the world during the past 20 years. He has a long and close relationship with the RCC, his MA show was exhibited at the old Letterkenny Arts Centre in 1999 as part of that year’s Earagail Arts Festival and the RCC commissioned his major ‘The House and the Tree’ project in 2008.
6pm – 10pm, New Gallery (Gallery 2), Ground Floor
Bothóg: Cathal McGinley
An exhibition by Cathal McGinley, RCC artist-in-residence (2017-2019). It includes drawings, photographs and a sculptural installation, relating to an ongoing artist’s shelter project on Inishbofin Island, County Donegal. The RCC Bothóg is a shelter, built out of paper, using origami techniques.
6pm – 10pm, Foyer Gallery, Ground Floor
John Soffe: RCC Live 2007 – 2017
Spectacular photographs of live music concerts at the RCC since it opened in July 2007 to mark the building’s 10th Anniversary. It illustrates the great quality and range of world class acts that have performed at the RCC to date and includes some brilliant Earagail Arts Festival gigs. The exhibition includes a number of photos previously shown in 2014 together with a series of new images from the past three years.
6pm – 10pm, Foyer Gallery, Ground Floor
MacGabhann Architects: Regional Cultural Centre Building
Plans, models, photographs and reviews of the award-winning Regional Cultural Centre building, designed by Letterkenny based MacGabhann Architects, to mark the RCC’s 10th Anniversary. It includes the ‘Rising from the Ground’ photographic essay on the construction of the building by Declan Doherty.
Culture Night Programme
Donegal Music Education Partnership
Regional Cultural Centre
6.30pm – 7.30pm: Main Gallery (Gallery 1), First Floor
Tutors and students of the Donegal Music Education Partnership in performance, including Spanish cellist Victor Yélamo and Hungarian violinist Orsi Szabo-Yélamo.
8pm – 8.45pm: Workshops 1 + 2, Ground Floor
Performances by the Errigal Groove Orchestra, a 12-piece jazz ensemble, and Saxtet, a six-piece sax outfit, both under the direction of well-known Donegal saxophonist Sean McCarron.