With over 90 venues to choose from, it's hard to pick your trail on Culture Night. Below find details on some events you don't want to miss, and below that is a list of events that require booking - so act fast to secure your place:
Of special note are our Culture Night Late events. This special programme was established by the Arts Council in support of the late night economy, with 19 events nationwide keeping the Culture Night fun going until the wee hours. Cork City shows its artistic & cultural merit having secured not one but TWO - very different - Culture Night Late events in 2023.
10pm – midnight, plus dancefloor afterparty till late
Indulge in a fantastic feast for the senses as our darling host and confectionary queen Candy Warhol says Willkommen to a Pic’N’Mix of sights and splendours.
Candy Warhol is one of Ireland’s most renowned and exciting drag acts. A descendant of the legendary Danny La Rue, Candy is the mother of ‘Mockie Ah!’, the acclaimed Cork City-based queer performance collective and Ireland's leading drag haus. Founded in response to the lack of queer spaces in Cork, Mockie Ah since their beginning have gone from strength to strength with regular club-nights, cabaret shows and drag brunches across Ireland.
Drag royalty will rule with Mockie Ah, while spectacular circus curiosities & burlesque beauties will astonish and astound you at every turn. Dance the night away with our dazzling DJS and dancers until the clock strikes…sssh!
Full Cabaret line up TBA
Booking Required: Book now 18+; seated show; fully accessible. BYOB
Programmer and MC: Candy Warhol
Producer: Ciara O Mahony
Production Manager: Edan Ray
Art Direction: Bjornism
From 9pm, we welcome you to our exhibition space at the rear of the concert hall where exhibits focus on the past, present and future of electronic music, and features work from several artists immersed in the electronic music culture in Cork City:
We also partner with Laneway Gallery to exhibit works from six artists associated with the Gallery:
Geoff Spiers, Ciano, Joanna Hopkins, Elinor O’ Donovan, Silvio Severino & Riki Matsuda
Sir Henry’s – 20 years On , a mini documentary highlighting the impact of perhaps Cork’s most infamous club, 20 years since it closed its doors in 2003
In Millenium Hall, Golden Space will provide drop-in ecstatic dance workshops every 30 minutes.
These workshops enable participants to liberate themselves through movement & freeform dance, allowing each participant to engage with the joy of music & movement and truly experience the ecstasy of dance. No experience is necessary & this is open to all.
From 10:30pm - the main event!
Headlining this event is HYBRASIL Live, an Irish-born, Berlin-based live act who will be performing the premiere of ‘Drones from the Island‘, an audiovisual show spawned from a multi-year collaboration with Tom Hodgkinson of Bristol-based design studio SHOP. The AV show draws inspiration from ancient Celtic civilisations & mythology, juxtaposing these themes with the rugged, post-industrial futurism of Techno in a modern city. HYBRASIL has long been developing this concept, seen as far back as 2020 with the enthralling visuals released accompanying the eponymous track from the ‘We Don’t Flip’ EP, released on the Rekids imprint.
Also taking to the stage is DJ/Producer Cailín, who – for the first time – will be playing under both of her aliases (Cailín/GRL) simultaneously. Under her Cailín alias, she has gained international recognition for her uncompromising approach to DJing. Her accomplished technical skills, inspired selections & resolute adherence to the traditional format of the vinyl record has brought her to stages across Ireland and Europe, playing all manner of techno. Started in 2022, her GRL alias has provided an outlet for her house-music focused selections. Through this alias she has performed on stages across Ireland, most-recently as part of a lineup featuring Kerri Chandler among others for District 8.