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In a year of re-envisioning how healthcare communities experience the arts, the tradition of bringing unique events to health service users and staff on Culture Night continues on Friday 18 September 2020. Live-streaming of a song cycle from a hospital chapel, an outdoor music performance in hospital grounds, art packs for patients and a virtual exhibition are just some of the events that healthcare communities and virtual visitors can look forward to this year. 

The Deepest Shade Of Green: Viriditas by Saolta Arts for Galway 2020 
Aiming to transform the experience of hospital, The Deepest Shade of Green brings Galway 2020’s cultural programme to the people, and to the people who stand to gain most from it. Viriditas is a newly commissioned work from the programme. This song cycle, composed by renowned Irish artist and singer Ceara Conway, interweaves contemporary songs with traditional healing songs from Georgia and Italy.

Viriditas was created following an extended process of engagement at Galway University Hospitals, and was inspired by conversations with hospital staff and patients, in addition to recordings of hospital equipment. The cycle includes songs celebrating life and the medicinal healing properties of plants.

Conway will perform live in Portiuncula University Hospital Chapel accompanied by singer/songwriter Anna Mullarkey from 3-6pm. This special intimate event will be streamed to patients throughout the hospital and online for the general public.

‘Culture Afternoon’ at UHW with Healing Sounds Outdoors
Waterford Healing Arts Trust will be celebrating Culture Night by bringing live music to the grounds of University Hospital Waterford on the afternoon of 18 September between from 3-4.30pm. This special acoustic session will be provided by WHAT’s Healing Sounds team of musicians, Liam Merriman, Eoin O’Meachair, Alan Browne, Michelle Haberlin and Liam Kavanagh.

Tallaght University Hospital
Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) is celebrating Culture Night both online and onsite this year.

Online: Sing with Me is a series of short acoustic music videos developed and performed by Clara Monahan, Music Therapist at TUH. Clara has created three new videos to celebrate Culture Night 2020. The videos will be available on the TUH YouTube Channel and the TUH Facebook Page on Culture Night.

On-site: The National Centre for Arts and Health (NCAH) has designed a greeting card and activity sheet which will be delivered to all patients on Culture Night. The card features an original artwork by artist Lucy Turner, whose Life of Objects exhibition is currently on display in TUH. Inside are details of the art exhibitions and installations accessible for patients to enjoy during their hospital stay. The activity sheet contains games and puzzles for patients to have some fun on Culture Night.

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services
St Patrick’s Mental Health Services is celebrating Culture Night 2020 with three virtual events from 4-11pm:

  • The Life and Legacy of Jonathan Swift: Professor James Lucey, Consultant Psychiatrist at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, presents an online talk on the fascinating history of its founder, author and Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Jonathan Swift.
  • Film screenings: A collection of winning entries by novice filmmakers, all with a mental health theme, to the education and awareness raising initiative Walk in My Shoes’ annual Frame of Mind competition.
  • Favourite Painting: A virtual exhibition of contemporary Irish art pieces, submitted by some of Ireland’s leading galleries. Viewers are invited to browse through the entries and vote for their preferred entry.

Irish Doctors Choir and Orchestra
The Rotunda Foundation will share a pre-recorded online performance by the Irish Doctors Choir and Orchestra on its Facebook page at 4pm on Friday. The performance will include excerpts of the Foundling Hospital Anthem by Handel, including the Hallelujah Chorus. This virtual event forms part of a fundraiser for the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and in honour of their 275th anniversary. More information here.


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