We warmly invite you to celebrate Culture Night at Solstice on Friday 23rd of September! Our programme for the day is filled with visual arts, music, dance and screenings. All events are free, but please note that advance booking is required for the ‘Moving Words’ event.


Moving WordsWhen: 5:00 – 5:45 | Where: Solstice Studio | For: families with children aged 2-6, free, booking required (please book 1 ticket per family)

Celebrate the joy of storytelling and contemporary dance in this inclusive early year’s family event. Selma Daniel from Little Lion Dance Theatre, together with a dance performer, will guide you in an immersive experience, exploring a picture book in a unique and fun way.

No dance experience necessary. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

Creative CornerWhen: 6:00 – 7:00 | Where: Gallery on level 3 | For: families, free, no booking required

Explore the works of Lucy McKenna in the gallery and create your own artwork together from a selection of colourful materials such as paper, plastics and fabric. This area in the gallery foyer on level 3 is self-directed, and must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

Live Kurdish & Irish MusicWhen: 7:30 – 8:30 | Where: Gallery on level 3 | For: all ages, free no booking required

Join us for a cultural mix of live, acoustic music in the gallery. Compare the emotional Kurdish sounds of the bouzouki, played by Kurdish-Syrian musician Mohommad Hasan, with a range of traditional Irish instruments played by local musician Ruairi Somers and guest. This relaxed coming together of musical traditions will arouse emotions and introduce the ear to sounds from near and far.

Ronan Leahy – Screenings of ‘Shakespeare at Solstice: A year in the making’ When: 8:15pm – 10:30pm | Where: Solstice Studio | For: all ages, free no booking required

Marking 1 year since the premiere of the first sonnet during Culture Night 2021, Ronan Leahy’s project concludes with a screenings of all twelve sonnets.

About the project: “It started with a question. Could I vlog Shakespeare on YouTube and get people who are unfamiliar with his poetry interested in his language? This led me to taking a deep dive into the sonnets and I have chosen a number of my favourites. I have approached them like little plays in which the character is trying to communicate an idea to you, the viewer. Learning the new skill of filmmaking has brought some rough and ready results that I’ve chosen to include as part of the process.” – Ronan Leahy

A Dormant Light Resides In The Eye

When: 11am – 10:30pm Where: Gallery on level 3

For: all ages

Lucy McKenna’s solo exhibition will be open throughout the day in the gallery on level 3.