Culture Night: Free open air gigs on The Parade this Friday night

Ireland's celebration of culture is taking over Kilkenny on Friday night.

This Culture Night the Parade in Kilkenny will be alive with the sounds and flavours of the street, with poets, choirs, singers and DJs.

The Kilkenny Arts Office-lead event is also bringing gourmet tacos from the Bula Bus and chocolates from the Truffle Fairy to the parade as you watch the young poets from the Rhyme Rag Ensemble, listen to Kairen Caine and The Unity Singers then shuffle your feet to the beats of the se7en inch collective.

Who’s on stage?

The se7en inch collective pack up their record boxes and bring their special blend of vinyl only singles to the street, spinning everything from soul, hip hop, dub, ska, punk and more.

Founded in 1967, The Unity Singers will be performing around 6pm. Since winning first prize in the Cork Choral Festival in 1975 they have gone on to win awards at numerous music festivals, even performing at Carnegie Hall to over 2000 people.

Rhyme Rag Ensemble is a movement of young writers, aged 13-18, who meet monthly in Desart Hall. The writers inspire and support each other through sharing their work, working with professional writers and building their community.

Kairen Caine, live at Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre. Photo: Ian McDonnell / McGig Photography
Kairen Caine, live at Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre. Photo: Ian McDonnell / McGig Photography

Indie-folkster Kairen Caine performs with guitarist Kevin Bruce and singer Mary Russell.

Based in rural Kilkenny surrounded by fields, forest and birdsong she’s explored her writing and performing over the years through previous musical projects Muse Motel and Little Black Wren and has now begun a new musical chapter under the Kairen Caine moniker.

Timetable for The Parade

  • 5.00pm – the se7en inch collective
  • 6.00pm – The Unity Singers
  • 7.00pm – Rhyme Rag Ensemble poets
  • 7.30pm – Kairen Caine
  • 8.00pm – 10.00pm – the se7en inch collective.

Elsewhere on Culture Night


There’s a night of live electronic music at Billy Byrne’s on John Street from 9pm with Solkatt and Vogelbat.

The Heritage Council, Church Lane, hosts an evening of music, prose and poetry from 8pm.

Finally, in Castlecomer, the SOUNDOME returns for a dancing and listening experience like no other, this Friday night driven by multi-instrumentalist Daithí.

See all this Friday’s events here.


Ken McGuire

The one who kicked off back in the heady days of 2005. Now a radio head at KCLR, award-winning podcaster, producer, food blogger at Ken On Food, music nerd and everything else in between.

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