Tuesday July 14, 2020

Culture vultures’ night of delights

It seems like only yesterday that someone contacted me about a new annual event called Culture Night taking place in Dublin. The idea was to have everything free so citizens could wallow in the wonders of their capital city, cost be damned.

13th September, 2015
The Vanbrugh Quartet launch their autumn tour at Glór Ennis

“What a lovely idea,” I thought to myself at the time, “but it won’t work.” Culture is not a word that ignites people.

I was wrong, of course. TS Eliot spoke most wisely when he observed: “Culture may even be described simply as that which makes life worth living.’’

Possibly, also, I underestimated the power of the word “free”. Now in its tenth year, the ever-expanding...

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