Anyone else as excited as we are for Culture Night this Friday?

Culture Night is all about expanding your horizons to the various arts scenes within your community and embracing your heritage. Which we are all for, but if you’re anything like us, you like a bit of familiarity thrown in there too…

The programme can almost be overwhelming and although everything is free, some are still ticketed. So we’ve pulled out some of the essential film events on this year so you won’t miss out!

IFB Animation Shorts @ Barnardo Square 9-10pm, no booking required.
IFB will be showing a selection of short animations from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board in the gorgeous outdoor setting of Barnardo Square. A genre in which the Irish truly shine, short animations of old and new will be exhibited for free for this night only. This year, the programme includes A Terrible Hullabaloo (Dir: Ben O’Connor), Coda (Dir: Alan Holly), Give Up Yer Aul Sins (Dir: Cathal Gaffney), Granite and Chalk (Dir: Patrick Hodgins), Geist (Dir: Sean Mullen, Ben Harper and Alex Sherwood), and A Coat Made of Dark (Dir: Jack O’Shea).

Song of the Sea @ Pavilion Theatre 4.45pm, booking required – still tickets available
The Light House screening may be sold out, but luckily we have you covered with a back-up. Another celebration and true achievement in Irish animation, the stunning Song of the Sea will be showing at Pavilion Theatre. Plus, it’s on early enough in the evening, so you won’t miss out on much madness in the meantime!

Labyrinth @ Seamus Ennis Arts Centre 6pm, no booking required

You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. What power? The power of voodoo. Who do? You do. Do what? Remind me of the babe.
Nope. Sorry. Don’t care how many times you’ve seen it (especially this year), because you can never see Labyrinth too many times. Weep in memory of the late and great David Bowie and stare in awe of his fabulousness in the Jim Henson cult classic.

IFI: Short and Sweet 6-10pm, tickets collectable on the night

The IFI returns to Culture Night once more with their Short and Sweet programme of Irish shorts. The programme will showcase both new works and shorts from the IFI Archive. With various mediums and genres, Short and Sweet promises to entertain audiences of all ages. The programme will be divided into three parts in half-hour intervals. Tickets can be collected at the IFI box office on the night for parts of the programme or the whole shebang, if you’re feeling a bit mental!

Photography and Film Exhibition @ The Darkroom 6-10pm, no booking required

The Darkroom is a large open studio with two black and white darkrooms in Stoneybatter. Students and Teachers will be exhibiting their photography, as well as 16mm and 8mm screenings.
If you feel like gettting a bit more involved though, Darkroom will also be doing free photogram workshops, from 6.30-9pm every half hour. You can book your
place by emailing info@darkroom.ieor you can be cheeky and just turn up and put your name down on the night.

Taking Flight and Trocaire @ The Chocolate Factory 5-11pm, no booking required

Something a little different, The Chocolate Factory will host screenings of the short documentary Sumud: Everyday Resistance, photos and talks on the Palestinian culture of resistance, and a joint project of Taking Flight and the Gaza Circus School. A brilliant exhibition that combines several art forms to get you to think – which is exactly what Culture Night is all about!

Once you’re finished with that last one, we feel like you’ll be fully ready to transition easily into the wonderful other arts events that are being hosted all around the city.

So go get yourself cultured and above all, enjoy your night!