Culture Night returns with a passion

Galway Daily arts Over the Edge open mic night on Thursday evening

Culture Night is back with a vengeance, promising to kick off the weekend with a load of free music, comedy, art, and more in Galway this Friday.

In Galway, the renowned Quiet Man station in Ballyglunin will host the latest in a series of outdoor concerts that have come to the picturesque site in the past month.

Presented by Three Rings team, the ‘Let’s go outside – art, culture, music at The Quiet Man Station’ event will feature one of  Ireland’s most vibrant young bands, the Barcelo Brothers, who will deliver their sydeco style of music infused with R&B. Reggae, soul and funk.

On the other side of the tracks, there will be live comedy at Athenry Heritage Centre with ‘Retreat! Meet the characters’, from the play Retreat by Aoibheann McCann.

“This year we are delighted to have so many events taking place all over the county for Culture Night”, says Galway County Arts Officer Sharon O’Grady.

“The level of interest and enthusiasm has really shown how important it is for our artists and communities to come out and celebrate the importance of arts and culture in our lives.”

“Culture Night is simply not possible without the support of all the groups and arts organisations who put so much effort and inspiration into organising events for the public”.

UNBOUND – a Group 8 Exhibition will happen all day at Ballinasloe Town Hall Theatre, unveiling the work of the members of Group 8 inspired by life with COVID-19.

It will feature something for everyone, with writing, paintings, wood turning, textiles, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture inspired by pandemic experiences.

Loughrea Community Radio presents an evening of on air entertainment and banter with local groups and individuals from all areas of arts and culture.

The final concert series of Bouncing Off The Walls features a special performance by Little John Nee at Athenry Heritage Centre.

Local poet, Bernie Crawford will read a selection of poems from her newly published book ‘Living Water’ at Middlethird Farm in Oranmore.

In Interface Inagh there will be an artist’s talk on Broken Vessels, a site specific, international collaborative arts project curated by South African artist Brent Meistre.

Visit the studio of award winning Galway artist Aideen Monaghan. Experience Aideen’s process of art making. View her paintings, drawings, greeting cards and limited edition prints and discover your own creativity by taking part in an art class.

Culture Shock, an interactive evening of audio visual, spoken word and musical discovery is also happening at Athenry Heritage in addition to a face painting workshop.

This is just a small sample of the events that will bloom across Galway County next Friday for a Culture Night to remember. More details about the many events not mentioned her can be found at