Culture Night is this Friday and in the year of Yeats’ 150th birthday, there are plenty of events taking place around the country to celebrate our most famous poet.
1. NUI Galway ‘Yeats and the West’
NUI Galway presents a major new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Ireland’s most internationally recognised poet W.B. Yeats. On Friday, between 5 and 9pm, there’ll be a series of talks by special guests and guided tours of the exhibition.
2. Gort – Revolutionary Yeats
Once described by Seamus Heaney as the most important building in Ireland, due to its close association with his fellow Nobel Laureate W.B Yeats, this fourteenth-century tower and adjoining cottage will host a dramatisation of republicanism in Yeats’ poetry by An Tine Beo, preceded by a short play by the Wild Swans Theatre Group. (Thoor Ballylee 7.30-9.30pm)
3. Athenry – A Beat to the Poet’s Heart
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of W.B. Yeats and 110th anniversary of local poet Padraic Fallon, Athenry presents an evening of music and poetry with drums and the Padraic Fallon String Quartet in Athenry’s Market Square from 7.30pm interspersed with readings by the local community of their favourite poems by both Yeats and Fallon.
4. The Running Wave: ‘Yeats in Drama, Poetry & Song’
At 8pm Blessington Library will host a production about the colourful life of W.B. Yeats, told through some of his most beloved poems, excerpts from two of his plays as well as songs inspired by his writing (Booking essential – phone 045891740).
5. Tour of Historic King House, Boyle; Concert and Yeats Poetry Readings
King House Boyle presents an evening with one of Ireland’s leading pianists Thérèse Fahy. Starting at 8pm Fahy will perform an exciting mix of both old and new piano masterpieces, the highlight of which is a specially written piece to celebrate Yeats 2015, by Roscommon based composer Siobhan Cleary (Booking essential – phone 0719663242).
6. Brooks Hotel
Irish actor Jim Roche will be reading extracts from a selection of Yeats’ greatest works between 6 and 7pm in the Cafe Lounge, accompanied by Brooks’ resident pianist (Booking is advised – phone 016704000).
7.The Cat and the Moon – A celebration of W.B. Yeats
Kicking off at 5pm in The Workmans Club, Dublin Writers Forum will be hosting a Yeatsian themed Open Mic. Every writer will have 5 minutes to perform a poem, song, short story, extract, sketch or short play. The evening will also feature a poetry recital and musical performance from Johnny Rayge.
8. Westlife, Emos, Yeats & Other Weird Influences on my Life
Sligo Youth Theatre invites you to join them on a witty and whimsical journey exploring the influences on their lives, offering an original perspective on who they are and who they are expected to be. This is a refreshingly young and unique view of popular culture in the West of Ireland. Shows at at 7, 8 and 9pm in The Fridge, Lower Quay Street.
You can find the full guide of events taking place on the Culture Night website.