We had fantastic fun at the launch of Culture Date with Dublin 8's 2018 Programme in the beautiful surroundings of The Irish National War Memorial Gardens back in April 2018. A huge thank you to the local school children from Gaescoil Inse Choir and St John of God's Hospital Kilmainham, and to photographer Marc O'Sullivan for taking some stellar photographs - we had so much fun! 

Read more about our programme for 2018 below...

Culture Date with Dublin 8, the weekend-long celebration of the cultural and historical life of Dublin 8 took place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May 2018. It featured a host of free, family-friendly events, activities, guided tours and workshops, encouraging people to explore and connect to the cultural life and history of their local neighbourhood.


In 2018, the programme of activities expanded with two flagship events, and a series of pop-up events taking place throughout the calendar year.


Highlights of Culture Date with Dublin 8s May line-up included:

  • A family fun day with children’s entertainment, historical re-enactments, puppetry, circus skills, poetry and more at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens Sunday, 20th May;

  • An outdoor concert at the temple in Goldenbridge Cemetery Saturday, 19th May;

  • Bespoke guided tours of Kilmainham Gaol, including a literary tour featuring women writers, and a family tour aimed at children between the ages of six and 12;

  • Walking tours on the history of the Grand Canal and Goldenbridge by Pat Liddy, sponsored by Waterways Ireland;

  • Exclusive guided tours of IMMAs exhibitions, which include works by two of the greatest painters of the 20th-century, Lucian Freud and Frank Bowling, and works by Irish artist Brian ODoherty, free entry to their landmark exhibitions all weekend,; family workshops, activity packs and self-guided garden trails;

  • A Genealogy workshop, musical, and dramatic tours of Richmond Barracks;

  • Guided tours of the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park.