Culture Night, New Ross Piano Festival, Music and Song and the Harvest Festival

A host of activities right across Wexford will have locals and visitors spoiled for choice this weekend.

Junior infants from St Canices N.S. Rosbercon, New Ross, Co Wexford get some practice in at the piano placed at the Dunbrody Visitors Centre, New Ross, From left, Tia Murray, Jamie Connolly-Smith and Jack Allen all aged 4yrs. The 'PLAYME' Pianos are dotted around the town for the New Ross Piano Festival weekend - For a full programme see or - Photograph Patrick Browne

First up it is National Culture Night on Friday, September 23 and there is a huge programme of FREE events taking place right across Wexford, offering a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure.

In Wexford that means guided historical walks, parades, a selection of one act plays, local dance companies, trad groups and singers from Wexford Festival Opera performing some of their favourite arias for one night only.

For all the details see Detailed List of Events and Times

Eight internationally known pianists will descend upon the riverside town of New Ross this weekend for the sixth annual Piano Festival. The famous pianists will share the ivory keys with some budding musicians as ten pianos are dotted around the town in obscure locations such as the local supermarkets and the town hall for ‘PLAYME’ time at the festival.

Visitors to the New Ross Piano Festival can expect double the fun as a spectacular two-piano weekend of classical concerts takes place for the first time from September 22 to 25. Critically acclaimed pianists Katya Apekisheva, Norikeo Ogawa, Kathryn Stott, Charles Owen, Igor Roma Finghin Collins, Fiachra Garvey, and Enrico Pace will all perform at the sixth festival in a spectacular two-piano weekend.

Festival goers are in for a treat as the festival is hosting a day of concerts aimed at children and families, of ‘Carnival of the Animals’ on Friday, September 23 to celebrate ‘National Culture Night’. Daytime performances for schoolchildren of Saint-Saens’ ‘Carnival of the Animals’, supported by the National Concert Hall and narrated by actor Barry McGovern, as well as a free 6.30pm ‘Opening Fanfare Concert’ for everyone in association with Culture Night, featuring Rossini’s ‘William Tell’ Overture and another performance of Carnival of the Animals [tickets necessary].  And on Friday and Saturday lunchtimes, Des Manahan will be playing lighter music al fresco In the theatre courtyard

For the first time the Festival has commissioned a new work, from the Irish composer Stephen Gardner.  The piece, entitled ‘Two Guys walk into a Piano Bar’, is for two pianos and will be premiered at the Festival by Charles Owen and Finghin Collins.

The four day Piano Festival programme offers fun musical activity for all the family and some weighty talent for dedicated fans. Outside of the free event programme, the festival also features a host of concerts, a master class for advanced students all presented by world-class performers.  And musical opportunities for aspiring pianists include the chance to play on a Steinway D Grand Piano at the South East Young Pianists Concert.

For the full programme of events see or

Music and Song will take place at Tulach a’ tSolais Monument on Saturday September 24 at 6.30pm at Oulart Hill.

Local musicians and singers meet to mark the end of summer and start of autumn in this special monument. The construction of the building makes for fantastic acoustics. There is no charge for this event.

The Harvest Festival takes place on Sunday, September 25 at Killrane and it’s showtime for Garden Lovers.

A new garden show is being launched for this September organised by the Killinick and District Garden Club. The Harvest Festival Horticultural Show will be open to the public on Sunday, September 25 at the Community Centre, Killrane (near Rosslare Harbour). The Harvest Festival is targeted towards gardeners throughout Wexford who are passionate about growing and showing their home produced fruit, flowers and vegetables. The show will include novelty vegetables, floral art, a children’s section and arts and crafts.

For more details on all of these events see





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