Culture Night 2021 with Instituto Cervantes, Dublin

Culture Night 2021 with Instituto Cervantes, Dublin

Friday, 17 September 2021, 4.00pm

Immerse Yourself in Spanish Culture and the Arts

Culture Night with Instituto Cervantes, Dublin

Friday the 17th of September, 4.00 pm to 10.00 pm

This year’s Culture Night from Instituto Cervantes, Dublin offers a close look at Spanish arts and culture that includes a guided walking tour in Dublin City Centre, cultural and natural heritage sites, gastronomy, video art and contemporary art.

The packed schedule will also include a family cartoon event through games and drawing, some Spanish curious characters that we hope will accompany you forever.

Create your own cultural menu to discover the richness of Spanish culture during this special night:

4:00- 4:45pm Funny Characters to Draw – Raquel Hernaz (online)
5:00-5:45pm Rooting the Zone, a guided walking tour – María del Buey (onsite)
6:00-6:45pm Rooting the Zone, a guided walking tour - María del Buey (onsite)
7:00-7:45pm Travel Spain– Irene Pérez-Castilla (online)
7:00 (available for 48 hours) Spanish Video Art Show. Foco DSK (online)
8:00-8.45 Eat Spain - Blanca Valencia (online)
9:00-9:45 Drink Spain– Alejandro Carrasco (online)

Free events. Bookings through Eventbrite. In English.

4:00 - 4:45pm
Funny Characters to Draw
Spanish teacher Raquel Hernanz has prepared an afternoon of family games. This interactive and participative workshop will present some adventurous characters from the Spanish tradition and literature that will also invite the family to play Memmory, Dobble or X´s and O´s. Participation is easy when there’s a pencil at hand and the audience is ready to unleash the imagination and draw.

The event is free and open to all, but booking is required through Eventbrite. Limited places (20).

Rooting the Zone, a guided walking tour
The Zone is an audiovisual project closely related with digital and real spaces. In this guided walk, artist María del Buey will conduct a visit through the Zone, a virtual, speculative space whose accesses can be found within some elements of the Dublin Grand Canal Dock. Through a collective stroll across some key features of the global Dublin - that include headquarters of big data and digital companies, smart littering points, or buried fibre optic cable systems – this tour will explore the Zone as a place from where to experiment and imagine with different modes of spatial occupation. The visit will cover the distance from the Instituto Cervantes Dublin to the Grand Canal Dock area, and two time slots will be offered.

5:00-5:45pm: Meeting point at Instituto Cervantes (Lincoln Place). Finish point at Grand Canal Dock, Mac Mahon Bridge.
6:00 - 6:45pm: Meeting point at Red Sticks, Grand Canal Dock. Finish point at Instituto Cervantes (Lincoln Place).
Access to the Zone can be gained through QR codes located in different points of Dublin city as shown in the map displayed at the Instituto Cervantes’s ground floor windows, until October 23rd.

Delivered in English. The event is free and open to all, but booking is required through Eventbrite. Limited to 10 people.

The tour is subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions. The tour could be accommodated to physical disabilities needs; contact us at [email protected].

Bookings 5 pm
Bookings 6 pm

7:00 -7:45pm Travel Spain
Spain is one of the countries with the most recognized World Heritage sites.
The Alhambra in Granada, The Teide National Park or the Camino de Santiago are some of the examples of the rich cultural, natural, historical and artistic heritage that you can find in Spain.
Irene Pérez, specialized Spanish art historian, will take you on a virtual journey through the most important sites, highlighting the quality, the variety and diversity that Spain offers as one of the best locations for cultural tourism.
Delivered in English. The event is free and open to all, but booking is required through Eventbrite. Limited places (90)

8pm Eat Spain
Take a fast-paced journey through the cuisines of Spain. This talk will explore the fascinating history behind Spain's iconic dishes and the products that make them. Spain’s gastronomic history is long, rich, and intensely complicated. It has been influenced by a myriad of cultures from the Visigoths who brought beer to the Arabs who perfected rice cultivation and now, is hailed as the hotbed of molecular gastronomy, Michelin stars, and international fusion.
This event will include Spains' most famous dishes and how they form a fascinating puzzle of gastronomic and historic facts. As time is limited and the Spanish cuisine broad, the talk will consist of fun, quick fire questions.
We will answer some interesting and thought provoking questions like: Why is the paella pan shaped like it is? What is the real national dish of Spain? (Hint: it's not paella.) Why are some Spanish cheeses shaped in certain ways? Why was olive oil suspicious during the Spanish Inquisition? Why do cloistered nuns have the key to the best baking and sweet recipes? Why do Spaniards pay astronomical prices for canned seafood? or why are food markets so popular?

Blanca Valencia is an specialist in Spanish gastronomy. Economist by training, Blanca's experience includes Books for Cooks (London), elbulli and El Alambique cooking school (Madrid). She has worked for a specialty food importer in Chicago and has collaborated with the Spanish Commercial Office in Dublin and New York. Her classes combine cooking, history, economy, art and pop culture. She has presented various gastronomy series at the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago and Dublin. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Gastronomy at TUD and is co-host of Spice Bags podcast, the podcast about Irish food from an international perspective.
Delivered in English. The event is free and open to all, but booking is required through Eventbrite. Limited places (90).

9.00pm Drink Spain
Spanish wines have experienced a revolution in the last 40 years going from low quality standards to being considered one of the best value for money wines in the world. This introduction to Spanish wines, presented by wine educator Alejandro Carrasco from Dublin Wine Training, will reveal the important factors that have driven this change. This talk will present some wines that exemplify very well the past, the present and the future of the Spanish Wine Trade, which can be tasted at home as they are available in Ireland. The registered audience will be informed about the wines closer to the event's day.

Alejandro Carrasco (Madrid, Spain) has been living in Dublin for 11 years. Since 2015 he has been involved in the wine world. He has completed the WSET Diploma and has a Sommelier Certification by the Escuela Española de Cata (Madrid). Carrasco has worked in some of the most important specialised wine shops in Dublin such as Baggot Street Wines, Martin's Off Licence and McHugh's Kilbarrack and did a Sommelier Stage in the two starred Michelin Restaurant Mugaritz in San Sebastian. In 2020, he created the company Dublin Wine Training to provide wine tastings, courses and coaching about wine for individuals and companies.

Delivered in English. The event is free but booking is required through Eventbrite. Limited to 90.

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