Culture Night in Mayo North – Six Must-Sees! Friday 22nd Sept

A cultural feast for the senses!

Culture Night in Mayo

One of our favourite nights of the year, Culture Night is an annual all-Ireland public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year’s Culture Night takes place on Friday 22nd September 2017. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed in multiple locations throughout the country and everything is available free of charge.  Culture Night is an initiative by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in partnership with the regional arts offices, local authorities and cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland. For Culture night in Mayo North, as usual there are lots of  events happening. And there truly is something for everyone, from art workshops, open mic nights to traditional music.

Here’s our guide to Culture Night in Mayo North, featuring events in Ballina, Lahardane, Ballycastle and Swinford!

Culture Night in Mayo North – Ballina

Ballina Arts Centre

Ballina Arts Centre: 4PM – 9.30PM 

Exhibition Human Chain: Dutch Contemporary Drawings: all evening.

This exhibition shows drawings and works on paper by seven Dutch artists who have each been resident artists at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. The artists featured in the exhibition are: Arno Kramer, Hanneke Francken, Caren van Herwaarden, Anita Groener, Tjibbe Hooghiemstra, Erik Mattijssen and Jacobien de Rooij.

Children’s Programme: 4PM-9.30PM

The evening-long children’s programme offers lots of opportunities to get involved in entertaining and educational workshops, games, face painting and other fun activities.

– 4PM:  3D Map-Making, art workshop for children (facilitated by artist Alice Dixon)

Children will have an opportunity to make a 3D map of Ballina using various materials: textiles, paper, cardboard.

– 5PM-7PM:  Mapping the Form workshop (facilitated by artist Val McLoughlin)

This workshop offers an introduction to drawing the figure for teenagers and it explores different methods and approaches. It will be especially beneficial to second level students who are studying art in exam classes.

Open Mic Night: 6PM

The Ox Mountain Poets and Ballina Arts Centre are offering all aspiring poets and writers a chance to shine. Following the success of their first Open Mic night, this event has become a regular addition to the Ballina Arts Centre Calendar. Writers and performers can get some real experience performing their work.  People can come along and read their work, or just sit and listen to others read theirs.

Mapping Music with The Core: 6PM

A musical showcase by members of Music Generation Mayo’s The Core youth music project. Musicians from the project will present original music based on music from around the world.

Find Your Own Gods: Gallery Talk: 6PM

Local artist, Richael Carroll, will give a Gallery Talk about her exhibition Find Your Own Gods, currently on display at the Ballina Arts Centre.

For more information call Ballina Arts Centre on +353 (0) 96 73593 or email


National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in North Mayo Ballina Public LibraryBallina Library: 7PM – 9PM

William Bald, Innealtóir Éachtach – Mapáil Mhaigh Eo – Cuid 2

Taispeántas de na léarscáileanna a rinne Bald de Chontae Mhaigh Eo in 1816, mar aon le léacht faoi William Bald ag Paul Duffy.

William Bald, Engineer Extraordinaire – Putting Mayo on the Map – Part 2

Ballina Library hosts a reception to showcase the Bald Maps of Mayo 1816, followed by a lecture by Paul Duffy on William Bald.

It has pleasure in marking the occasion of the unveiling of the Bald Maps of Mayo 1816, recently donated to Ballina Library by the Michael Family. Bald’s maps are considered to be the finest set of county maps ever produced in the world.

In what promises to be a fascinating lecture, Paul Duffy will provide context for this map collection, speaking about William Bald, his mapmaking skills and maps.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information call Ballina Library on +353 (0) 96 70833.


Culture Night in Mayo Jackie Clarke Collection

The Jackie Clarke Collection 8PM-10PM

Map Room, Jackie Clarke Collection: Explore and encounter a Collection of Maps of Ireland dating from the 1600s to the late 1900s.

In keeping with the Map theme in Ballina this year, The Jackie Clarke Collection opens the Collection’s Map Room to the general public. The late Jackie Clarke loved Maps for the information that they contained. The Collection contains Maps of Ireland that date from the 1600s to the late 1900s.

Outside: An evening of music, song and dance including traditional airs of Mayo with Bofield Céilí Band.

Outside in the walled heritage garden, the Jackie Clarke Collection will be hosting an evening of music, song and dance including traditional airs of Mayo. This event is supported by the Bofield Céilí Band. Refreshments will be served.

For further information call the Jackie Clarke Collection on +353 (0) 96 73508 or on +353 (0) 87 4133752.


Culture Night in Mayo North – Ballycastle

Ballinglen Arts FoundationCulture Night in Ballinglen Arts Foundation Ballycastle Co Mayo: 5PM – 8PM

Located in the village of Ballycastle on the North Mayo coast, Ballinglen Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization whose programmes are designed to support serious artists making important work in ideal, inspiring conditions. Ballinglen interacts with the general public through art exhibitions, school classes, print making classes, artists’ studio visits, gallery tours and through use of the art library.

Ballinglen Arts Foundation has been involved in Culture Night since its inception in Mayo and a trip to Ballycastle is a real treat! This year Ballinglen opens its doors with:

– Exhibition and collage workshop (with artist Nana Gregory).

–  Portraiture Workshop (with Professor Randall Exon)

– Open Studio and Children’s Corner (with Emily Brown) – based on art and the natural world

6PMA ‘Readalong’ Sing Song (with Brenda Exon)

Light refreshments will be served. It promises to be a lively and welcoming evening for all.

For further information call Ballinglen Arts Foundation on +353 (0) 96 43184.


Culture Night in Mayo North – Lahardane 

Leonards Lahardane Culture night

Leonards Bar: 9PM – 11PM

Butter & Boxty Making, Music & Song

In Lahardane The Hammer & Tongs Group have worked hard over a number of years to preserve traditional craft practice in the Lahardane area. The night will include demonstrations of butter churning and boxty making – with tasters, make sure to get here early! A music session and sing song will continue into the night in Leonard’s Bar, Lahardane.

For further information call Leonard’s Bar on +353 (0) 87 1268390.

Culture Night in Mayo North – Swinford

Culture Night in Swinford Swinford Cultural CentreSwinford Cultural Centre: 5PM-7PM

Explore your creativity through Art Workshops (with artist Lucy Hill)

Swinford Cultural Centre is holding art workshops on Culture Night this year. The artist Lucy Hill will encourage all the participants to exercise their creative minds and hearts through many mediums.

A fun and inspiring evening for all ages. Refreshments will be served. Advance booking is recommended.

To book: email

For more information call Swinford Cultural Centre on +353 (0) 87 4007045 or email

Wishing you a great 2017 Culture Night in Mayo North and be sure and let us know on our Facebook page what your favourite events were!

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