Alright, I'm starting to get excited. It is a mere week away from Culture Night 2012. We are veteran Culture Nighters here and if you're a newbie, I would humbly suggest you review our previous reviews from 2010 and 2011, when we walked the legs off ourselves to cover as many events as possible. My record stands at 11 different galleries, museums and locations in 2010.
Nina on 2011
Claire on 2011
Dave's 2011 photos
Claire on 2010
So what's new and interesting for this year? First off, there's a nifty app, which I've just downloaded. There's both an Android and Iphone version. That's going to come in handy on the night and offers GPS action to show what's on near you and allows you to make a list of your plan. Here's a selection of some new things and other recommendations.
City Assembly House
Renovated by the Irish Georgian Society, this South William St purpose built gallery was derelict for a long time. Fittingly, it's hosting an exhibition of Tarquin Blake's Abandoned Mansions photographs on Culture night.
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre
This is one of my favourite buildings in Dublin. Tours of centre, visit the Dolls Hospital or eat. This place is not normally open later than 8pm so a nice opportunity to see it at night.
Whitefriar St Church
Visit the shrine to St Valentine! They're open until 23:00.
One of the very best things about Culture Night is that things are free which normally cost, so if money has put you off seeing the Dublin Writers Museum or Kilmainham Gaol (though go early - massive queues last year and I didn't get to see it) or the Book of Kells, then make an effort to go now. I know I always harp on about seeing Leinster House and the Freemason Lodge but seriously, they are so worth the queues. Finally, if you can't get into town but are able to do something car based, I suggest the Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham or Glasnevin cemetery (which has both tours and a museum). There's a list of county council district events here. There is quite literally something for everybody.