Culture Night in Cavan

Cavan is bursting at the seams with culture, and the county will display the full range of  creativity to be found here on the annual Culture Night celebrations, taking place this year on Friday, 22 September.


As ever, these events, supported by Cavan County Council’s Arts Office, are free to the public to attend, and presents a wonderful opportunity to experience the variety of art and culture Cavan has to offer.


Tomregan Parish Hall, Ballyconnell will host ‘Turf’ by Frank Farrell (8pm), a play which examines our relationship with the bog, directed by Rowan Tolley.


In Ballyhaise, at a venue to be confirmed (see the ANKOR community will perform a dance piece at 5.30pm.


In Ballyjamesduff, Vickers Vimy perform at Cavan County Museum at 8pm. This five piece collective, formed by Ed Drea and Fintan Hanley, is best described as folk/roots.


Storytellers Bee Smith and Tony Cuckson with will join Loughan House residents showcasing art and culture at Loughan House Open Prison, Blacklion, from 11am to 3pm. Afterwards, there will be printing and pottery, poetry and prose, music and song in the Market House from 4.30pm. In Dowra, there will be music and painting workshops at Dowra Courthouse.


In Cavan Town, Cavan Town CCÉ will entertain the residents at Castlemanor Retirement Village with Traditional Music and Dance, from 7-8pm. All are welcome. Artist, Matuesz Lubecki, will host an Open Studio at Townhall, Cavan (2nd floor), from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.


Also at Townhall Cavan (8-10.30pm), is the ‘Punk Opera’ a performance of raw energy, mechanical magic, ancient beliefs and the netherworld, featuring Opera singer Niamh McCormack, spoken word by Philip Doherty and Robert Perry’s ‘Automated Orchestra’. Part-conductor, part-electronic puppetmaster, Perry pulls the strings as his mechanical orchestra of recycled and re-purposed instruments performs an experimental symphony like you’ve never heard before. 


Ed Reavy's Musical Cavan, taking place in the Meadow View, Dublin Road, Cavan at 9pm, sees a group of musicians and admirers of the renowned Maudabawn composer, Ed Reavy play 20 compositions by the great man, which he dedicated to places and people from his native Cavan.


The Backyard Arts and Cultural Centre will host Arts, crafts, dance, music and song workshops with performances for all from 7pm. Call 049 433 1092.


At 6.30pm, Con Smith Park, Cavan hosts the World premiere of ‘Busy-ness’, created by Kim McCafferty, with four acrobats and dancers inviting you to take a fresh perspective on society’s glorification of being busy.  


Afterwards, The Armagh Rhymers and Eddie Lenihan will host an evening of storytelling and entertainment at Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, from 7.15pm.


The Armagh Rhymers will then lead the way down to Bridge Street, which will be a hive of activity, with a Monster Open Session at McCaul’s Bar, and workshops and exhibitions at J&B Hope, One Hour Photo, and Jackie O’Neill’s Dottiwasadeer Studio.


Cavan Genealogy will ask ‘Who do you think you are?’ at Johnston Central Library from 6-8pm.


In Cootehill, Larry McCluskey will give a reading of ’Lone Wolf’ by John McManus at Cootehill Library (8.30-9.30pm), while down the road in Drung, there will be poetry and music in the beautiful Georgian-style Corravahan House (7.30-9pm).


Milltown will host an evening of music and culture, including a walk to Drumlane Abbey and Round Tower, at Drumlane Community Centre from 7pm – 8.30pm.


Virginia will play host to a photography exhibition by Breffni Photography Club in Skelly’s Costcutter meeting room (5-11pm), while the Virginia Show Centre will host a vibrant and colourful Multicultural Evening with music and culture from Lithuania, Zimbabwe, Latvia and Ireland (5.30-6.45pm). The Ramor Theatre will host roots music from The Lost Brothers and an art exhibition entitled ’93 years of inspiration’ (7-10pm).


Virginia artist Michelle Boyle will preview her upcoming Farmleigh House exhibition at Whitethorn Studios, Garryross from 6-9pm.


In Mullagh, St Kilian’s Heritage Centre will host Ceiliéradh, a feast of music, drama, song and dance, with Millrace Dance Troupe from 9-11pm.


And finally, in keeping with a long tradition of Cavan artists spreading their influence far and wide, an interview with Cavan artist Kim Doherty will be broadcast live from Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre via their Facebook page.


For a full listing of the 26 different events over 11 towns and villages, visit

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