Culture Night is nearly upon us and around the country there are lots of arts and health events taking place in hospitals, healthcare settings and community spaces. Many of these events are open to the public, so if you’re out and about on the cultural trail this Friday 18 September why not drop in and see what’s on offer?


Art exhibition and ‘Scrubs’ Workplace Choir at Cork University Hospital 

For the very  first time, Cork University Hospital is participating in the programme of events to celebrate Cork City Culture Night. During the day, there will be an art exhibition in the CUH Gallery in the main dining room of CUH  from 11.00am -2.30pm. In the evening, the ‘Scrubs’ Workplace Choir & Guest Choir will perform in the Cardiac Renal Centre Atrium from 5 – 6pm. ‘Scrubs’ is a new choir launched in 2015 with over 75 staff members under the direction of Patrick Dalton. Choir members are composed of doctors, nurses, admin, catering, porters and allied health professionals.

Illuminations outdoor art installation – shining a light on brain injury

Headway, the national association for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), will host Illuminations, an outdoor art installation specially designed for the 2015 Culture Night programme. Funded by the HSE Arts and Health programme, Illuminations will be visible on the Lee Fields, across from Cork County Hall, between 5pm and midnight. Consisting of handmade willow lanterns constructed by each of the clients attending the three-day service and training programmes across Headway centres in Cork, the installation aims to raise awareness of the experience of living with brain injury through messages attached to the lanterns that will be written from the lantern-makers to the public. 

Concert by pianist David Syme at Castletownbere Community Hospital

Renowned American pianist David Syme will be performing a selection of familiar and favoured music for residents, friends, relatives and staff of Castletownbere Community Hospital at 6:30pm. The event has been organised as part of the Arts for Health Partnership Programme, West Cork.


An evening of classical music at University Hospital Waterford 

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) presents an enchanting concert of classical music with Slaney Strings, an ensemble from the Wexford Sinfonia Orchestra, in the foyer of University Hospital Waterford from 7-8pm. Visitors are encouraged to bring their loved ones to the foyer to enjoy this special performance. Admission is free. Culture Night is a key night in the calendar of the WHAT Healing Sounds programme, which is supported by the Arts Council and AIB.


Aindrias and the Latchikós at University Hospital Galway 

Aindrias de Staic is an actor, musician and one of a new generation of Irish storytellers. Born in Galway, his rich and rare style of fiddle-playing is as unique to the west of Ireland as his story-telling, antics and humour. Aindrias and the Latchikós will perform at 6pm in the foyer of University Hospital Galway.


St Patrick’s Mental Health Services: Emerging Artists exhibition and Yeats set to music 

Emerging Artists exhibition
St. Patrick’s University Hospital welcome visitors to the launch from 5-6pm, featuring selected artwork by recent graduates from Crawford College of Art & Design, Limerick School of Art & Design and the National College of Art & Design. Visitors are also welcome for the duration of the exhibition (until 31 Oct).

‘I Hear it in the Deep Heart’s Core’ – an evening of the poetry of WB Yeats, with many of the poems set to music
Musician Enda Reilly is renowned for his musical interpretations of Yeats’s poetry. Enda has teamed up with actor Cathal Quinn, Head of Voice at The Lir, Trinity College, who is a celebrated speaker of poetry. Together they present ‘I Hear it in the Deep Heart’s Core’ from 6.15-7pm, a thrilling combination of voices to take you on a lyrical and musical journey through some of Yeats’s most famous poems.


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