Dublin City / South Georgian Quarter

Department of Enterprise Trade & Employment | Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

Culture Night at 23 Kildare Street

In Person

On Culture Night, the Department of Enterprise Trade & Employment and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media  are opening the Government Offices at 23 Kildare Street from 6.30pm for a programme of readings and music as well as tours of this historic building.

Culture Ireland in partnership with First Music Contact will host performances by two of our most exciting young artists.
– Maija Sofia whose debut album Bath Time was released in 2019
– Aaron Smyth who released his debut acclaimed album Last Animals in 2021.

There will also be traditional music and dance by performers from Cultúrlann, Monkstown arranged with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.  Each presentation will involve Comhaltas artists who are part of Cultúrlann na hÉireann’s Summer Seisiún programme.  The artists will illustrate the breadth of the Irish traditional music and song repertoire and look forward to encouraging the audience to join in for a song.

18:30 -19:00  Performance by Maija Sofia

19:10 – 19:40 Traditional music and dance arranged in partnership with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

19:40 -19:50 Interval

19:50 – 20:20 Traditional music and dance arranged in partnership with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
CCÉ’s culture night performance incorporates authentic Irish traditional music, song and perhaps a dance. The 30 minute show will involve Comhaltas artists who are part of Cultúrlann na hÉireann’s Summer Seisiún programme. The artists will illustrate the breath of the Irish traditional music and song repertoire and look forward to encouraging the audience to join in for a song.

20:30 – 21:00 Aaron Smyth

23 Kildare Street is a rare example of brutalist art deco architecture, a style rarely seen in Dublin. This, the first bespoke Government Headquarters to be commissioned by the Irish Free State, was designed by architect J.R. Boyd Barrett, following a competition held in 1935. Construction of the six storey building took almost four years and was completed in October 1942. The building contractors were John Sisk & Son and this was their first building in Dublin. The two, massive panelled outer doors are made of bronze plate cast in the Dublin Foundry. They are they only bronze doors of their type in Ireland. If you cross to the other side of Kildare Street you can see the sculptural reliefs carved into the stone façade by Irish artist Gabriel Hayes. The panel over the main entrance represents Lugh, the God of Light releasing a flight of aeroplanes to symbolise Aviation. Panels on the first floor balcony at the front represent the Shannon Scheme, the cement industry, spinning, pottery, shoemaking and the tobacco industry.

The performance programme begins at 6.30 pm and the tours of the building, on the quarter hour will be hosted available from 7pm, last tour from 8:45pm

Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Genres: Heritage / Music / Tour

Address: 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

No Booking Required