Culture Night at FAM

The sun shone through the windows of the Tree House Café in the grounds of Malahide Castle. We couldn’t have asked for a better evening, or a better crowd. The performers enjoyed a full house. Listeners of all ages nibbled on tapas provided by the venue, free wine, a delicious coffee, biscuits or a soothing ice-cream (it was a hot day!).

We all love music. We all love good food. We all like to sit and chat over a cup of tea or coffee. We take this for granted, but wow do we define "culture"?

Culture Night took place on Friday 20 September. It is a nationwide festival that has been running in cities across Ireland since 2006.

We experience culture when we interact with others. We share culture through our behaviour. In Ireland, we proudly boast a sociable and strong community-based culture. We are proud of our artistic heritage; we feel glad that our traditional music and language remain part of this society’s consciousness.

However, all these things do not happen automatically. It takes concerted effort on the part of artists to create a community in which art exists. It takes ordinary people to support that art in their daily lives. This is what Culture Night is all about.

Accompanied by Eoin Conway, several students from FAM performed to an audience of families in The Tree House Café. We even got a few renditions from teachers Lea Foersterling and Dónal Kearney. Michael T. Dawson led the audience in a choral canon complete with actions. It was so much fun!

Thanks to all who attended, and we'll see you again next year!

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