How The Ark Team will be spending Culture Night 2018!

We may not have any events here at The Ark this Culture Night, but there's still so much to do for children and families.

​As we are closed due to some exciting improvements we're making to our building, we have the rare and exciting opportunity to experience culture night around Dublin for ourselves! Here are some of the family friendly events that we want to check out:

  • A History of Dublin for Children
    Join Humpty Dumpty for nursery rhymes and stories from auld Dublin. You’ll hear all about what life was like for children over approximately 1,100 years of Dublin’s History. Viking kids and modern kids welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. [60min]
    5.30pm - 6.30pm. Outside Smock Alley Theatre, Cow’s Lane, Dublin 8
  • Draíocht, Blanchardstown
    Dublin 15's prime arts and entertainment hub has two exhibitions, films, and even take in a clown choir performance! There'll also be a youth theatre workshop taking place for younger visitors to try their hands at drama and performance.
    4pm-10pm. The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.
  • A4 Sounds
    Make your way to this multipurpose arts space and gallery for a rich programme of activities. Enjoy an exhibition of work by current artist-in-residence Michelle Doyle, take part in hands-on workshops on activities including stop-motion animation techniques, discover live performances at the nearby secret garden stage, and much more.
    5pm - 11pm. St. Joseph’s Parade, Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 7
  • Aerial Cirque
    Aerial Cirque is a home for budding and professional Aerialists. In their gorgeous studio, they will be hosting two 50-minute child and parent cocoon workshops at 5 pm and 6 pm (suitable for children aged 3-8). From 7 pm – 9 pm the studio will be open to the public. Come watch aerial students fly with a beautiful backdrop of stained glass windows! Workshops spots can be booked on Please note the studio is located up three flights of stairs, with no lift access.
    5pm - 9pm. 10 Exchequer St, Dublin 2.
  • Hodges Figgis – #Shareastory with Children’s Books Ireland
    All families are welcome to join illustrators Lydia Monks (What the Ladybird Heard) and Peter Brown (The Wild Robot) to celebrate creativity at Hodges Figgis! Lydia and Peter will be storytelling and creating art at the bookshop, while the CBI Book Doctors prescribe the perfect books for young readers.
    5pm - 8pm. 56-58 Dawson St, Dublin 2.
  • DIAS Dunsink Observatory
    DIAS Dunsink Observatory will be open from 7:00pm to 11:00pm and during the evening, visitors will be able to view the historic observatory building, which were once the home of Sir William Rowan Hamilton, world renowned mathematician and scientist. Visitors will also be able to see the historic Grubb telescope and hear the remarkable story of the Dublin company that became one of the greatest telescope makers in the World. Weather permitting, there will be various smaller telescopes on display for star-gazing.
    7pm - 11pm. Dunsink Lane, Castleknock, Dublin 15.
  • DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama
    The conservatory presents a wonderful evening of performances ranging from classical to traditional music from students in the school’s Keyboard, Orchestral Studies, Vocal, and Traditional Music departments. Visit for a varied programme of solo and chamber music and catch the next generation of musical stars on the cusp of their careers!
    6pm - 9:30pm. Chatham Row, Dublin 2.
  • Engineers Ireland
    The Gaiety School of Acting is gearing up for an exciting partnership with Engineers Ireland this Culture Night! Join us for a workshop in which we will explore the physical mechanics of movement through drama, before implementing our new knowledge of joints and physicality through creating our own mechanical toys.This workshop is ideal for children aged 6-12 to enjoy with parents and guardians.
    6pm - 7.30pm. 22 Clyde Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
  • Fingal County Libraries – Swords Library
    Culture Night in Swords Library. Swords Library celebrates Culture Night with a willow-work workshop, presentation and youth choir. Learn about the traditional crafts of willow wattling, fencing and hurdle-making from 6 pm with a hands-on demonstration and basketry display from Wicklow Willow. At 7 pm there will be a presentation of certificates and prizes to children who took part in Fingal Libraries summer stars reading programme. This will be followed by a performance by the Fingal Youth Choir, one of Ireland's leading youth choirs, at 7.30 pm.
    5pm - 9pm. Swords Library, Rathbeale Rd, Co. Dublin.
  • Geological Museum (TCD)
    The Geological Museum, Trinity College, Dublin contains an exhibition "The Story of the Earth" that outlines the geological evolution of our planet through displays of minerals, rocks, and fossils. This display is open for the first time for Culture Night in this new location, and highlights the 150 million year old marine reptile Attenborosaurus and various dinosaur bones from Africa, as well as beautiful geological specimens from Ireland and further afield.
    4pm - 9pm.Unit 24, Trinity Enterprise Centre, Macken St, Dublin 2.
  • National Museum of Ireland – Natural History
    Drop into the Discovery Zone to learn about curious creatures from South America, meet Museum Educators and touch skulls from the handling collection. This event is in collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland’s exhibition, "Curious Creatures: Franz Post and Brazil".
    5pm - 9pm. Merrion St, Dublin 2
  • The LAB Gallery and Dublin City Arts Office
    Start your weekend with wonder! Join us on Culture Night for a fun-filled evening for all of the family to enjoy. We will have drop-in ‘Permission to Wonder’ tours of all the gallery’s latest exhibitions, view new artworks by Michele Horrigan and Sean O’Rourke, take part in exciting art-making workshops, and enjoy live music and storytelling from a number of gifted performers.
    6pm - 10pm. Dublin City Arts Office, Foley Street, Dublin 1.
  • ActionAid Ireland
    Learn more about this international organisation providing long-term support to women and their children in some of the world’s poorest countries, empowering them to overcome the obstacles in their way. Come experience an array of vibrant cultures from communities in Asia and Africa through a night of interactive displays, storytelling, and fun for all ages.
    6pm - 10pm. 172 Ivy Exchange, Granby Place, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.