Image shown: Waterford Healing Arts Trust musicians (l-r) Sharon Scanlon

Culture Night is taking place on Friday 22 September 2017 with arts and health events around the country, many of them open to the public. Here we provide a round up of what’s happening in the South.


Waterford Healing Arts Trust 

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is bringing live music to the wards of University Hospital Waterford from 7-8pm. WHAT promotes the positive relationship between music, health and wellbeing through live music experiences which aim to soften the clinical environment and reduce anxiety and stress for patients, visitors and staff.

The professional musicians visiting the wards have all been trained to work in healthcare settings and will be led by well-known musician Liam Merriman. Liam works regularly with WHAT and trained as a musician in hospital settings with Musique et Santé in Paris. He has considerable experience working within the music and health context. For further information, contact Maeve Butler (051) 842664 /


Cork University Hospital 

CUH celebrates ‘Gaeilge’ heritage for Culture night 2017 in the Atrium of the Cardiac Renal Centre. SCRUBS, the CUH workplace choir, will sing a repertoire of Irish songs especially selected by director Patrick Dalton, including ‘Oro Se do Bheatha’ & ‘Mo Ghile Mhear’. Other guests are local Gaelscoil Ui Riada; Haley Griffin on Piano from the CIT school of Music will accompany Alison Long, a staff member who will sing As Gaeilge. There will be a traditional Irish music session, Irish set dancing and literary renditions.

‘Peirspictíochtaí’ (Puzzle Path Perspectives) is an art exhibition by John McGuinness in the Gallery of the Staff Dining Room. John’s art practice incorporates illustration, watercolour and oil painting.

The Garden Theatre 

Ballyphehane/Togher Community Arts & Crafts Initiative will host an exhibition and Dress Up To Learn fashion show. The ‘Connections: Our Creative Journey’ exhibition reflects an intergenerational journey of arts, crafts, creativity and health within the Ballyphehane/Togher community. The work on display is both a written record and a visual map of the connections made through art projects and their work with professional artists over 20 years. It documents the positive influence this ever evolving vibrant work has made on this community and beyond. Projects on display include Memory Dress with artists Marie Brett and Charlotte Donovan and The Amulet, Marie Brett’s collaborative arts project exploring the hidden world of infant loss.

Fastnet Film Festival: Short Films Screening

The Dayroom of St. Gabriels, Schull Community Hospital, is the venue for a special programme of short films screened at the Fastnet Film Festival over the years. Fastnet Film Festival takes place in Schull on the last weekend in May every year.

Bantry Community Choir at Bantry Library 

Join Bantry Community Choir for a night of music by the Beatles to Mozart via traditional music and more. Founded in 2014 with a belief in the benefits of music and singing to positive mental health and wellbeing for all, Bantry Community Choir work in close partnership with West Cork Mental Health Services and West Cork Development Partnership.


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