The cultural and artistic cream of the county is set to be served up at numerous venues this Friday, September 19, as Laois embarks on this year’s celebration of National Culture Night.
At Fruitlawn, Abbeyleix, there will be an open studio exhibition by artist Carol Booth, from 3 - 7pm.
At the Donaghmore Workhouse Museum in Rathdowney, there will tours, talks, an arts and crafts exhibition, a pottery display and pottery workshops.
There will be an exhibition and a free guided tour of Emo Court at 6pm and 7pm. There will also be a lively concert presented by Portarlington Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann in the Drawing Room, from 6.30pm.
In Fisherstown, there will be an evening of good company in The Fisherman’s Thatched Inn at 8pm.
There are a number of events taking place in Mountmellick. In the library at 2.30pm, Dr Arthur Broomfield will give a talk on the works of Sylvia Plath. At 6pm in The Old Bank House, author Ann Egan will read some of her favourite Laois Heritage poems, interspersed with some music from Eddie Sheehan and Niamh Furlong.
There will also be art workshops for adults in The Forum Hostel at 7pm, hosted by Collette Dunne, and at 8pm in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre there will be a night of music with The Irish Midlands Concert Orchestra.
In Portarlington, there will be a film screening at 9pm in The Anvil Inn of Portarlington Drama Society’s performance of the play ‘Comparisons’.
In Portlaoise, there will be music and dance with Maureen Culleton in the Parish Centre at 11am, an exhibition of Laois County Council’s art collection in County Hall at 2pm, a drumming workshop in the library at 4pm, and a performance of ‘Rian’ in the Dunamaise Arts Centre at 8pm.
An open air concert featuring local group Adela and the Meanits will take place on the Rock of Dunamase at 5pm.
Spink CCE will present a ceili in Knock Hall, Spink, at 7pm, while there will be open studio talks and art workshops at the Arthouse Stradbally, from 3.30pm.