Armagh Culture Night 2012

The historic city joins the party for the first time, with events in ice cream parlours, schools and the old gaol

More than 50 free events in 15 different venues have been scheduled in Armagh for the city's first ever Culture Night on Friday, September 21.

Following hugely successful nights in other major Irish cities, Armagh is promising a night to remember when arts and cultural organisations, performers and individual artists showcase all that is best about local culture in venues as diverse as flower shops and ice cream parlours.

Culture Night is a free night of entertainment and culture, and is taking place in a record 34 towns, cities, counties and islands in Ireland in 2012. Museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres will open their doors late into the evening, welcoming people of all ages to taste and sample their cultural delights for free on the evening.

The Armagh Culture Night Programme has just been launched, taking in over 50 events in 15 different venues in Armagh City Centre, The Mall area, local schools and hotels, the Morgan Athletic Grounds, Navan Centre and stretching out to Richill & Poyntzpass and elsewhere.

In Abbey Lane Theatre, home of Armagh Theatre Group, is an evening of theatre and readings from one of Ireland’s foremost amateur theatre groups. Armagh’s Amma Centre in Market Square is presenting an introduction to movie making, recording music, software and apps and digital camera techniques.

Armagh City Library plays host to Armagh Art Club, with displays and on-site painting by members, and in the same venue The John Hewitt Society presents Readings By Local Creative Writers.

As Armagh’s old Gaol awaits its new future, take a step back to the Victorian era in Armagh’s very own Horrible Histories. Armagh Planetarium is the unique and unusual venue for Celtic Soul, the UK and Ireland’s leading Van Morrison tribute.

Speaking at the launch of Culture Night Armagh, Lord Mayor Of Armagh City & District Councillor Sharon Haughey commented: 'Armagh City & District has a strong and very talented mix of local people across all the different spectrums of culture.

'Culture means many things to many people, these may include the arts, heritage, sports and leisure, festival and community events, and while we value our own cultures and traditions it is important in today’s society to have respect and awareness for the other traditions and cultures that exist.'

A full programme of events is available from participating venues or at facebook.com/culturenightarmagh.

Armagh Culture Night