Culture Night 2018

This Culture Night, join us at CIT Blackrock Castle where we will delve deep into the role science and space play in shaping our culture. Countless artists have been inspired by the heavens above us; Whether it’s Van Gogh’s Starry Night, or Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey, there is no denying that there is something in the exploration of infinity that can invoke a sense of awe in both artist and audience. Beyond art, the celestial landscape has helped cultures to explore and navigate the world around them, and has even played an integral role in the religious mythology of countless cultures.

To pay tribute to the cultural significance of Space and science in our lives, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory will be hosting a series of events that empower visitors to engage with this cultural heritage in a more hands on and confident way.

Schedule of Events:

18:00:  Cosmos at the Castle will be open to the public showing short fun videos of life in space, the universe and cosmic astronomy facts – these special videos are showing just for Culture Night!

BCO Explainers help engage young visitors as scientists; making rocket mice with young children and straw rockets for those a bit older.


19:00:  Researchers from BCOLabs and the Cork Astronomy Club will run Globe at Night workshops at MakeSpace. Short talks will take place at the theatre with the Cork Sky Friendly Campaign.


20:00:  Discover the wonders of the night sky in the courtyard with BCO Labs researchers and the Cork Astronomy Club who will lead guided stargazing and demonstrate Stellarium night sky software. On this night, the moon will be visible, and we may even see Mars and Saturn if we’re lucky.


*Booking information and updated schedule of events coming soon. Watch this space

Event Information

  • Dates: Friday 21st September, 2018
  • Time 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory , Castle Road, Blackrock


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