Just to stir it up a bit…

Print from Concerning the Other collaborative art project
one of the prints from Concerning the Other

Yes, I’m sure you’ve heard all about Culture Night – but is it really any different to Pancake Tuesday?

Culture Night happens once a year when everyone goes around to all the free events – the concerts, the open houses, the poetry readings, the art exhibitions, the craft workshops… such fun!

But it got me thinking – do the people only go because it’s free? Somebody was saying that the idea was to enkindle people’s interest in the arts and then, once they’ve had a great experience at a cultural event, they’ll want to do it again and again…

But I’m afraid that just reminds me of Pancake Tuesday. You make pancakes; everybody devours them and you think:  weren’t they so nice and easy to make – I must make them more often…  But you never do. And before you know it, a year has gone by and it’s pancake time again. And you never went back to the gallery either…


photos of Pearse McGloughlin and Nocturnes
Pearse McGloughlin, Christophe Capewell and Billy Donohue of Nocturnes


Why is it that some people think that the arts are for free, that they just magically appear without any effort? I know of course that you’re not one of those people, and again I’d like to thank you for your ongoing support.

For instance, you might be one of the generous donors that helped to bring the Concerning the Other project to life. That’s the show that is now on at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1.

And during Culture Night, there was a great performance in the gallery by singer/songwriter Pearse  McGloughlin and members of Nocturnes.

Art, music and the night… what more could you ask for?

(Actually,  you can have more!  There’ll be a panel discussion in the gallery next Friday evening (6th Oct) at 6.30pm. Some of the artists involved in Concerning the Other will be talking about their experience and answering any questions you might have. The event will chaired by Michael Coyne. Do come along – before the show is over!

Concerning the Other




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