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Culture Night 2019 – Friday, September 20th

Come one, come all to the once again fantastic variety of cultural acts and performances at Charleville Castle this year for Culture Night 2019!  Rahan Comhaltas hosts an amazing array of cultural acts including the Daltai Cultural Dance group from Scoile Mhuire, Happy City Samba band and of course as an evening crescendo, join Rahan Comhaltas for a song, dance, a chat and a cup of tea!

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Come and experience an awe-inspiring, interactive variety of cultural performances this Friday at Charleville Castle, Tullamore!

Culture Night takes place once a night each year in September.  Originating in Temple Bar, it has now extended to hundreds of venues that host free events which take place throughout the whole country in the majority of towns and cities in Ireland.  Its purpose is to celebrate international creativity in this country, and also for each county, town and city to be aware of and appreciate its multicultural, talented citizens.

Venues in Tullamore, Co. Offaly also host a variety of Culture Night performances each year in various venues throughout the town through the Offaly County Council Arts Office.  This year, over 18 venues will open up their doors and showcase some of County Offaly’s best talent through poetry, theatre, craft, song, dance and comedy; Charleville Castle will of course be right in the middle of the excitement – with an amazing variety of international songs, dance and revelry!

Culture Night takes place this year on Friday, September 20th, starting at 7pm with open tours of the mezzanine floor.  At 8pm we welcome Dance groups Daltai, Bladhma and the Red Embers who will be treating the audience to an amazing assortment of dance styles as well as the Celtic Blondes Irish song and dance.  We also welcome Lithuanian Community Dance Group Raskila as well as resident Poet and long-time Volunteer Roseanna Tyrell. Our cultural highlight this year is also fresh from Shakefest 2019 is Happy City Samba Band, guaranteed to get you up and dancing to their tribal beats!

Following the cultural dance show, we introduce the finale of the evening’s entertainment with Rahan Comhaltas and friends taking to the stage to bring to you the very best of their own Irish traditional culture with a show that both captivates the audience and welcomes their participation. After the initial staged show, light refreshments are served during the short break ‘sos’. Then the wild card part of the show unfolds where guests are invited to join in the Seisiún experience, taking to the floor as they wish … with a step, tune, song, or story which will bring the evening to a fantastic crescendo that will have the audience singing, participating and dancing along.  Music, song, dance and storytelling await the lucky audience on this anticipated night – but who will show up? There is only one way to find out – see you there!

Audience members get a double whammy – not only do they get to experience amazing cultural talent in County Offaly’s Culture Centre of the Midlands on the heel of successful Multicultural Dance and Art Festival Shakefest, but they also get to experience it in one of Ireland’s Neo-Gothic Architectural and Artistic Masterpieces – Charleville Castle.

We wish to thank the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Offaly County Council for supporting this venture.

Congratulations Shakefest 2019!

Congratulations to Shakefest 2019 for raising €500 for Charleville Castle!  The money will be going towards the ‘Raise the Roof’ project for the Chapel.  Along with its fascinating past, present and most likely future, Charleville Castle is also a wonderful host as an International Culture Centre of the Irish Midlands where the cultivation of Dance, Energy, Movement, Joy and Excitement, understanding and education prevail!

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Check out Shakefest 2019’s Gallery of all of the wonderful cultural and creative contributions this year.