Newry to take part in Culture Night 2013

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Monday, September 16th, 2013
Community, Entertainment, What's On
Explore, Experience, Enjoy. Newry is taking part in the International event, Culture Night, on Friday 20th September. Artists, creators and local talent will take over the new performance space in Marcus Square for an evening of interaction, exhibition and performance. There will be singing, dancing, acting, playing, blacksmithing, clay-modelling, knitting, movie-watching, hop-scotching, highland-flinging, bell-ringing, tour-walking, guitar and harp-strumming, blues and trad and foot-tapping, costume-donning, covered awnings, all from 5pm – 8pm in Marcus Square. Artists, artisans, cooks, baristas, creators, movers and shakers will take over the purpose-built performance space to share their ideas and talents. Other events will be hosted throughout the city, in bars, restaurants and other venues. This is the first time Newry has been involved, and Newry Council hopes that there’s something for everyone, and that it will be an annual event which will grow year-on-year. It is your chance to make the city your own, with Newry city centre opening up for you to explore, experience and enjoy. Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Councillor Michael Ruane said, “I’m looking forward to seeing Marcus Square transformed for the evening into a family-friendly space full of things to do and see. “Newry and Mourne District Council and DSD have invested in this space as part of the public realm scheme and this is what was envisaged from the outset: an animated space for everyone to enjoy. Culture Night is coming to Newry for the first time and I hope to see it grow into an annual event that people won’t want to miss. “Culture Night has already established itself as an essential part of the cultural offering in cities in mainland Europe, and in Dublin and Belfast. Traders in Belfast report that it is the best night of the year for takings, better even than New Year’s Eve. The Mayor added, “So this initiative is really about reinvigorating the city centre both for the audiences and businesses. I would urge everyone to come along and experience something different for a few hours in the heart of Newry.” This is an event which is family-focused, so look out for exact programme details coming soon, and for further details contact: Aisleain McGill: or Tracey Mooney: , Telephone: 02841752256.
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