Culture Night in Mayo North – some must-sees! Friday 21st Sept 2018

A cultural feast for the senses!

Culture Night in Mayo North

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 21st September 2018. 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 of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with 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 is our guide to Culture night 2018  in North Mayo.

Culture Night 2018 in Mayo North – Ballina

Ballina Arts Centre: 4pm – 8pm 

Ballina Arts Centre

Ballina Arts Centre has planned an evening of five special events for Culture Night, ranging from children’s workshops to drawing workshops for teenagers, open mic poetry and two gallery art exhibitions – it will be a busy, interesting and fun evening for all ages. Refreshments will be served. The list of events is as follows:


1. Visual Art exhibition by Maria McGarry : 10am-8pm

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

2. Visual Art Exhibition by Betty Gannon, Sarah Lundy and Jean Carrabine :10AM – 8PM

An educational workshop also hosted by these renowned artists.

3. Children’s Art Workshops – 4pm – 7pm

Children will have an opportunity to use various materials: textiles, paper, cardboard.

4. Life Drawing workshops for Teenagers – 6PM – 8PM

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.

5. Poetry Open Mic – 6PM – 8PM

Get a chance to mic it, with creative poetry and performance 

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.

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


Ballina Library: 7.30PM – 9PM

National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in North Mayo Ballina Public Library

Ballina Library presents A Celebration of Irish Lore & Legend– a Concert of songs & stories

An evening of song, music, storytelling, poetry & variety celebrating Irish Lore & Legends with Billy Teare and Kathleen O’Sullivan. Billy is a highly worldwide regarded storyteller, musician & mischief maker. He has been a featured artist at ALL major story & folk festivals throughout his 40-year career. Kathleen is an acclaimed traditional singer, prizewinning writer & poet and has appeared on international stages including Glastonbury. An evening to entertain & delight all ages.

Refreshments will be served.

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


The Jackie Clarke Collection 6.30PM – 9PM

Culture Night in Mayo Jackie Clarke Collection

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

On Culture night at The Jackie Clarke Collection audiences will be delighted by traditional Irish Music, Dance & Song and the odd Irish Story and tale through into the mix.

The Ballina Costume Company will be working on the “Commemoration Quilt” in memory of the Mayo Orphans Girls and invite everyone to come along and add a piece of love and a stitch in memory of the 137  brave Famine Girls from Mayo who were sent to Australia, young girls who went on to overcome great challenges to leave their mark on the other side of the world.

Culture Night is the official anniversary of the coming together of Atlantic Rhythm & The Moffatt School of Dance and the Bofield Ceile Band. Join the entertainers for a night of celebration.

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 Foundation: 5pm – 7pm

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 these four events:

– Exhibition by Chris Doris in the Gallery:  5-7pm

–  Children’s Printmaking Workshop – Jeffery Hirst conducts a printmaking workshop for 5-12 years: 5-7pm

 – Open Studios – Artists in Residence: 5 -7pm

 – Childrens Paint and Collage Workshop – Taking a Walk on the Wild Side by American artist Amy Metier: 5-7pm

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 – Ballycroy

Ballycroy National Park : 5PM – 8PM

Nephin Wilderness Park and Ballycroy National Park - boardwalk

Exploring Our Culture :

Ballycroy National Park was established in November 1998, it is Ireland’s sixth National Park and is located on the Western seaboard in northwest Mayo. It comprises of 15,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range.

On Culture Night BALLYCROY NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTRE presents ‘Exploring our culture’ – Discover amazing musical talent with upcoming artists and enjoy a talk by Adrian Vernon Fish (Composer/Broadcaster) at Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre. The exhibition will be open on the night. Enjoy it all with some light refreshments.

 Address: Ballycroy, Co. Mayo


 For further information call the National Park on +353 (098)-49888 .

Culture Night in Mayo North – Foxford

Foxford Woollen Mills : – 4PM – 6PM

 An intriguing tale woven in the west of Ireland. See the mill as it’s run today, where master craftspeople are creating contemporary designs that we’re proud to deliver all over the world.  Explore the history of Foxford Woollen Mills and learn about techniques that have been passed down through generations.

For Culture Night drop into the Foxford Woollen Mills for a tour of the Mills and see the wonderful goods produced there.

Address: Providence Rd, Foxford, Co. Mayo


Phone: 094 925 6104

 Culture Night in Mayo North – Turlough

The Museum Of Country Life : – 5 pm – 8 pm

The Museum of Country Life is located in Turlough village, 8 km northeast of Castlebar. When you visit you can immerse yourself in the unique stories, rich heritage and fascinating cultural traditions of our rural ancestors.

On Culture Night the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life invites you to enjoy a very special performance in the exhibition galleries with the hugely popular singing group Coda@6.30-7.30.

Visit two new exhibitions in the museum galleries, Travellers’ Journey – celebrating Traveller culture

and The Enemy Within, exploring the devastating Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918-1919 @5-8pm.

Travellers’ Journey is a temporary exhibition exploring the rich culture, traditions and crafts of the Traveller community in the west of Ireland. The exhibition aims to showcase and encourage discussion and appreciation of the unique heritage and ethnicity of the Community.

Address: Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo


Phone: 094-903 1755

Culture Night in Mayo North – Swinford

Swinford Cultural Centre: 8PM – 9.30PM

Culture Night in Swinford Swinford Cultural CentreThe Cultural Centre is offering an evening of music, song and dance this year.

The Cultural Centre Swinford is a multi-purpose venue located on Station Road, Swinford. This facility is based where the Railway Station once operated. The Cultural Centre is a fully accessible open space area that can accommodate up to 225 people.

On Culture Night everyone is welcome to enjoy an evening of Music, Song and Dance for all ages – Celebrate with the local community.

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 2018 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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