Get yourself out and about for Culture Night in Leitrim

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This Friday September 19, Leitrim will be alive with a host of free performances, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations across the county.

This Friday September 19, Leitrim will be alive with a host of free performances, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations across the county.

Events are taking place in Ballinamore, Carrick-on-Shannon, Drumshanbo, Drumkeeran, Dowra, Glenfarne, Manorhamilton and Mohill – and everything is free!

In Ballinamore, The Solas Gallery will be celebrating cultural diversity from 7-10pm with spontaneous performances throughout the evening, or sample Asian culture at the Leitrim Design House in Carrick from 5.30pm.

Get down to The Dock at 6pm for a full evening of fun and interactive activities for all ages including visual art, drama, dance, music and more.

Meet at St George’s Heritage Centre at 6.30pm to explore the secrets of Carrick-on-Shannon and find out about the town’s history.

The Visitors Centre will be open all evening until after the walk and its current exhibition includes the book, The Plantation of Leitrim (1585-1670) by Dr Gerard MacAtasney. For other book enthusiasts, at 7.30pm The Reading Room Bookshop would like to invite all local Book Clubs and their members for an evening of discussion and book recommendations - a sharing of the good, the bad, and the just down right brilliant books they have been reading!

In Manorhamilton, from 11am to 8pm the Leitrim Sculpture Centre is hosting an exhibition by artist Mary T. Keown.

Between 5.30pm and 7.30pm there will be workshop demonstrations including Blacksmithing with Michael Budd, Children’s Clay Modelling with Ross Cochrane, Silversmith Open Studio with Soraya Ricalde, Metal Casting small scale with Nick Hughes, Adobe or ‘Cob’ oven making with Jackie McKenna and Stone-Lettercutting with Seamus Dunbar.

Gather at Manorhamilton Library at 6.30pm where Bernadette Layden will tell humorous yarns and tales of the supernatural.

Head to The Glens Centre at 8pm for an evening of music, theatre and readings where Donal O’Kelly will perform an excerpt from his new work, Brian Leyden will be reading with writer and Manorhamilton poet Stephen Murphy and Anna Houston, Claudia Schwab, Brian McDonagh & Liam Kelly will be playing music to top off the night.

For traditional music fans, at 7pm in the Mayflower Community Centre in Drumshanbo, Traditional Irish Music Performance course director Mossie Martin has arranged a hoard of instruments for anyone to come and try their hand at playing.

The night will also feature a session by local musicans.

Or visit the Drumkeeran Community Centre at 9pm to enjoy a night of traditional music with a celebration of the music of John McKenna.

There is a chance to dance at the Rainbow Ballroom of Romance in Glenfarne from 8pm with dance instructors Pat and Mary Moohan.

Enjoy Ceol agus Rince an evening of local music and dance at 6.30pm in Mohill Library where The O’Neill School of Irish Dancing will give a lively and fun display of Irish Dancing, accompanied by local musicians.

In the newly refurbished Dowra Courthouse, there will be an IFI Culture Cavan Project exhibition with Dowra Scouts.

Free art workshops with Jim Fee and Maria Bagnoli from 5-8pm.

Further information see whatsoninleitrim.ie