European Culture Trail

European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) Ireland in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Ireland presents European Culture Trail at Culture Night 2023.

Immerse yourself in the diversity of European languages and cultures on the European Culture Trail, where delights from different European countries await you.



European Commission | Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, D02 W710

French Embassy @ National Gallery of Ireland | Merrion Square W, D02 K303

Alliance Française | 1 Kildare St, Dublin 2

Goethe-Institut Irland | 37 Merrion Square E, D02 XK52

Istituto Italiano di Cultura | 11 Fitzwilliam Square E, D02 KN81

Embassy of Luxembourg in Dublin | 17 Mespil Road, D04 H6F4

Embassy of Malta @ European Commission Representation in Ireland | Europe House, 12-14 Mount Street Lower, D02 W710

Embassy of Portugal | 70 Leeson Street Upper, Ranelagh, D04 N968

Embassy of Romania to Ireland | 26 Waterloo Road, Dublin 4

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia | 12 Mount Street Upper, D02 WD00

Instituto Cervantes Dublin | Lincoln House, 6-16 Lincoln Place, D02 VH29


For those visiting European Culture Trail events in person, you are invited to download our “European Culture Trail Treasure Hunt” passport here and collect stamps or signatures at each stop. The passports with the most stamps at the end of the night will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win some wonderful prizes.


See what’s in store at each participating venue below.


Alliance Française

4pm – 10pm

Alliance Française Dublin invites the public to attend its special evening ‘Paroles et Musique’, where you will discover the hidden talents of amateur musicians in a special variety showcase.  Evoking France and French music, these performances will be an opportunity to travel through music and keep summer alive together.

The French Library will also open a space for people to bring their favourite poems, novel or play excerpts, short stories, in French or English, and a mic to read them with the audience!

Click here for the Open Mic Evening listings:
Paroles et Musique
Open call to literature lovers

French Embassy at National Gallery of Ireland

8pm – 11pm

Take part in this fun, interactive outdoor digital art installation presented by the French Embassy in association with the National Gallery of Ireland. A real-time digital exhibition that puts you in the frame of your own masterpiece on a grand scale as we project your portrait or landscape onto the historical Merrion Square façade. Kids and adults alike are welcome to join in, have your picture taken and see it mirrored on the walls in the style of Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Mainie Jellett or other masters. Be a muse and take part in this fun digital experience inspired by Irish, French and European chefs-d’oeuvre from the NGI collection, accompanied by DJ sets!

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Painting Mirror

Embassy of Portugal

5.30pm – 9.30pm

The Embassy of Portugal invites the public to participate in a celebration of Portuguese culture through the screening of the film ‘Variations’, followed by an informal social gathering.

‘Variations’ depicts the life of famous Portuguese pop and folk singer, António Variações, his artistic journey throughout the 1980s and the battle against prejudice that he faced. He was a unique man who had to fight to make his dreams come true, passionate about music in a still deeply conservative society.

Directed by João Maia in 2019, this feature film will be screened in the original language with subtitles in English. This event is organised with the support of Camões — Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua I.P. and the Embassy of Portugal in Ireland.

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Screening of ‘Variations’

Europe House

5.00pm – 9.00pm

The European Commission and Languages Connect invite you to ‘Try a new language’ at one of their 20-minute taster classes offered in ten languages, including German, ISL, Japanese, Korean, Maltese, Swedish and Ukrainian. You can walk in on the night and take a chance, or pre-register for a session now by contacting (a direct registration link will be available in late August). You are of course encouraged to try more than one language!

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Try a new language

Goethe-Institut Irland

4.30pm – 10pm

On Culture Night, Goethe-Institut Irland will open their doors for a diverse programme of events including new interdisciplinary art exhibition From DÉAD Art to Swinging Bones, interactive German Literature Reading & Crafts for Kids, German Taster Classes, Demo of the innovative Simulation Game ‘Climate-Neutral City’ and more.

Instituto Cervantes Dublin

4.30pm – 9.30pm

The Instituto Cervantes Dublin has prepared a vibrant programme open to all audiences and ages to enjoy Spanish culture in Ireland, from talks on history and cuisine, to theatre workshops and live music.

Click here for the event listings:
Playing Theatre
Hispania: The Romans in Spain
Culture and Food of Asturias
Performance of Patios de luz by Su Garrido Pombo


Italian Institute of Culture

5pm – 9pm

Visit the Italian Institute of Culture on Culture Night, where tammurriata and pizzica workshops will guide you through the history of traditional dance from South of Italy, or see the ‘Irish in Italy’ exhibition which represents the complex relationship between the literary landscape and the political exchanges during the first half of the 20th century. Take a journey across several Italian regions through the notes of some traditional Italian folk melodies skillfully played live by Giulio “Julyo” D’Agostino and his mandolino, attend a screening of 9 Italian short films selected by Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio and more!

Embassy of Luxembourg in Dublin

4pm – 8pm

Come and admire a custom made dry stone wall in recognition of the shared but varied practices of Dry Stone Walling across the European continent while enjoying Luxembourg delicacies and refreshments. Furthermore, all fun loving visitors can also take part in a traditional dancing procession (part of UNESCO intangible heritage) and skip forward to the rhythm of centuries-old tunes!

Dry Stone Walling Heritage and Dancing at the Embassy of Luxembourg

Embassy of Romania to Ireland

4pm – 8pm

On Culture Night, guests will have the chance to experience Romania in one glimpse: a country that encompasses rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes.

Romanian Culture Night in Dublin

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia

5pm – 9.30pm

The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia is delighted to present this exhibition of a selection of articles from the comic strip presenting the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia. This content is presented as a kind of guide offering readers playful insights into the functioning of a democratic state and the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Exhibition: The Slovenian Constitution in a Comic Strip