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dlr LexIcon - Friday 17 September

dlr Arts Office was thrilled to present Culture Night 2021 at dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire on Friday 17th September. There were three outdoor concerts at Moran Park from lunchtime right through to the evening, as well as a great selection of online events. 

Banshee: A Celebration of New Irish Writing

The launch of Banshee #12 (Autumn/Winter 2021) was live streamed for Culture Night  - it was an atmospheric celebration of some of the best new Irish writing. With live music and readings from guest editor JP Mc Hugh, poet Luke Morgan, and Sara Keating.
Sara is dlr Writer in Residence 2020/2021 and is a writer and cultural journalist. She is completing her first novel Fall and Recover about the dancer Lucia Joyce.

Depart/Return - photo essay
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Inspired by Gary Coyle’s On Returning, we invited the public to share photos of their own journeys with us. We have invited our Poet in Residence Jessica Traynor to choose a number of images and to pen some thoughts and responses to the images that she sees.  

Róg Poets, Felim and Dublin Comedy Improv   

MC Ian Coppinger
Róg Poets - Dún Laoghaire's OG hip-hop group Róg Poets return to the stage for an afternoon of classics in the run up to their debut album.

Felim are a 5 piece band with a mixed genre style and a sound that falls nicely on ears of all tastes.

The Dublin Comedy Improv are a group of well known comedy actors and comedians who improvise hilarious sketches based on the audience's suggestions

Iarlaith MacGabhann / Almonte & Molina   

MC Danny Kehoe
17.30 – 18.45
Iarlaith MacGabhann is a traditional flute player who has just completed dlr’s Emerging Musician in Residence Scheme 2021.  Performing alongside piano player Colm McGonigle, Iarlaith will play a collection of rare tunes he discovered during research undertaken as part of his Residency.

Almonte & Molina:  A musical conversation between two south American talented Jazz guitarists. Blending music from Peru, Brazil, Venezuela and the American songbook

Richie Buckley Group / BeatClub  

MC Danny Kehoe
19.30 – 20.45

Richie Buckley Group - With his unique style and virtuoso technique, Richie Buckley, is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s leading jazz performers.
BeatClub are here with some brand new music to enjoy in this special Culture night gig.

Dún Laoghaire Street Art Walking Tour 

5pm & 7pm ( duration 90 minutes max)
This year, Dún Laoghaire town became an open air canvas for 14 established, up-and coming, and local artists. They painted their interpretation of the essence of the town, borrowing not just from its maritime heritage but reflecting on all the elements that make Dún Laoghaire a unique place. Bringing together the best in contemporary street art, dlr has collaborated with business owners in the town who enthusiastically offered up their walls for inclusion in the project. 

On our new and unique tour of Dun Laoghaire Street Art find out about the artists and the stories behind their magnificent and colourful paintings.


Online Events
For those of you who can’t make it dlr LexIcon on the night we have plenty to keep you and all the family busy at home on Culture Night with workshops  and steamed live performance.

Meet the Artist with Gary Coyle     

Time: 11am
Duration: Approx. 1 hour 15 minutes
Meet the artist Gary Coyle in conversation about the new work in his current exhibition 'On Returning', currently on show at dlr Municipal Gallery and his long connection with his hometown of Dún Laoghaire. He will talk about new departures in his work and working processes - inspired by Japanese Wood block prints of the 18th & 19th Centuries, images made on a computer using photo shop and a drawing tablet. Gary will also talk about the different aspects of his artistic practice including spoken word and performance.
Followed by Q&A moderated by artist Claire Halpin.

Meet BOOT and make your own creaky creature   

Time: 7pm
Duration 45 minutes
Age:  8+

Meet BOOT, a small robot who embarks on a big adventure to find the little girl who may have lost, or, worse, discarded him. Join Shane Hegarty (author of BOOT and the Darkmouth series) for a reading from and introduction you to BOOT and his friends. You’ll also get to brainstorm and come up with some ideas for robots of your own with artist Sarah Bowie and make up your own adventures as BOOT makes his way out into the world.

HEADS TOGETHER — get your head in the frame

With Darren Yorke
Time: 6pm      
& 8.15pm       
Duration: 30 minutes
Age: Ideal for children aged 9-12 years, and suitable for families

You’re only a click away from a half-hour of fearless play.   Team Players are bringing internet connection to a whole new level online — so put your game face on and join the party in Zoom’s liveliest room! Who needs Netflix? We’re our own favourite entertainment streaming service these days, making absolute scenes from home with theatre games, creating exciting virtual realities, and telling brilliant insta stories. Heads Together is a relaxed, fail-safe, feel-good hour of collaboration, creativity, and laughter.

The Lonely Beast rides again! 

Duration: 20 minutes

Chris Judge’s first book The Lonely Beast is the tale of a very special Beast, whose determination to overcome his loneliness leads him to undertake a daring and dangerous quest to find others like him. Join one of Ireland’s best loved illustrators and children’s authors Chris Judge as he leads a Culture Night drawalong and chat about the Lonely Beast and his many adventures as he goes in search of fellow travellers.  Set up your crayons and markers and create your own giant mural at home on Culture Night.

The concerts at Moran Park feature a diverse family-friendly programme of Irish folk-pop and trad, comedy, poetry, hip-hop, jazz, South American sounds and good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll!  Hosted by comedians Ian Coppinger and Danny Kehoe, the lineup features the Iarlaith MacGabhann, Dublin Comedy Improv; hip-hop group, Róg Poets; jazz virtuosos, the Richie Buckley Group; the South American guitars of Almonte & Molina, folk rockers, Félim and BeatClub.

These concerts were programmed as part of the dlr Choice Live Performance Series which was curated by Schweppe Curtis Nunn for dlr Arts Office and funded by the Local Live Performance Scheme operated by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.