Culture Night is celebrated all across Carlow’s Cultural Quarter
Incorporating The District Courthouse, The Parish Centre, VISUAL & The GB Shaw Theatre, St. Patrick’s College, Carlow Cathedral, Éigse Carlow Arts Festival, Glór Cheatharlach, Carlow County Museum, Carlow Tourist Information Office and Carlow Library.
This year, a number of Carlow’s Cultural Quarter partners have come together to offer a trail of activities to celebrate Taylorfest.
All events are free unless indicated otherwise.
For more information pick up a Culture Night/Taylorfest flyer from any of the Cultural Quarter partners.
- 1pm : The extraordinary life & times of William Desmond Taylor @ The GB Shaw Theatre
Carlow Little Theatre Society present Taylor's journey from Carlow to Hollywood through narration and monologues from key characters in his life
- 3pm: In the Time of Taylor @ Carlow County Museum
Guided tours focusing on aspects of Carlow's history that took place during Taylor’s lifetime
- 6pm: Script to Screen, with Kathleen O'Rourke @ Carlow County Library
Great movies start with great writing and often with adaptation from another literary form. Taylor was an early exponent of this craft and famous for bringing several Mark Twain stories to the silver screen for the first time. To examine this process Carlow Library Service brings an established writer whose work has been adapted for major feature films to discuss the art of transforming words into moving pictures
- 6.30pm: In the Absence of Colour, Official Reception, @ VISUAL Bar & Foyer
Curated by Saidhbhín Gibson and The Blueprint in association with Taylorfest. An exhibition by artists who utilize a black & white tonal range, organized in celebration of Taylorfest, referencing the monochrome palette of Taylor’s films. (Runs 11-23 Sept.)
- 8pm: Irish Premiere: The Soul of Youth (1920), B&W, 80 mins @ The GB Shaw Theatre
This film will be screened with live musical accompaniment. Taylor’s socially-conscious film takes on a series of issues through one boy’s story, beginning with unwanted newborns and going on to loveless orphanages and homeless street youths before finding a solution through the relatively new juvenile court movement. Described at the time as “practically the first recognition of a demand for original juvenile fiction in the movies.”
The Soul of Youth (1920) was preserved by the Library of Congress and featured in the National Film Preservation Foundation's DVD set, Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934
- 9.30pm: The Roaring Twenties @ Cafe Formenti
The Brand New Switcheroo and guests perform vintage Jazz, Folk and Blues tunes of the ‘20s & ‘30s. 1920’s costume is a must and free finger food of the period will be served
- 11pm: Taylorfest-ival Club @ Pembroke Club d'Art
Ms Minnie from Minnie and the Illywhackers will play in Pembroke Club D'art Pembroke, Taylorfest's Festival Club
Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs in partnership with Carlow Local Authorities and the Carlow Cultural Quarter.