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CNB presents The Ogham Grove, an immersive audio-visual installation, supported by National Lottery

Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 11am 0 Comments

The team behind Culture Night Belfast presents, The Ogham Grove, an impressive lighting and sound installation taking place at Writer’s Square Belfast from Friday 17 September until Sunday 19 September, supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The sensory installation and accompanying digital trail takes inspiration from the ancient Celtic Ogham Tree Alphabet, nature and the environment. The 2021 edition of Culture Night Belfast will have a completely new format and will focus on one central cultural experience designed for a COVID-safe, post-pandemic environment.

Describing The Ogham Grove, artist Gawain Morrison said,

“Two monumental sculptures will be built in Writers’ Square, with themes drawn from our ancestral heritage and culture here on the island of Ireland. The Tree Alphabet will act as the primer for learning about the Ogham characters, their meanings, and their tree associations while the Celtic Ogham Year Wheel signifies the links with our natural environment, living in harmony with it, and the awareness of our place in the universe, the lunar and solar cycles that drive the life on this planet of ours, and all of how life lives–in balance and together.

The Ogham Grove offers a window into an alternative interpretation of the world around us, highlighting the importance that nature played in the societies of our ancestors, enabling us to reconnect with this heritage in a playful, thought provoking and visually stunning way, at a time when the natural environment and spending time outdoors has never been so important.”

He added: “The actual scale of the structure itself will be impressive. The fact that at night-time the lighting will come alive will give it a very different feel from the daytime and allow people to experience it in different ways.”

Susan Picken, Director of Culture Night Belfast and the Cathedral Quarter Trust, said,

“The Ogham Grove promises to be spectacular and offer a very unique experience to each person who visits throughout this weekend. Gawain and his team of artists will transform Writer’s Square with a totally innovative and unique audio-visual artwork that will invite visitors to explore the relationship with our native woodlands and the environment. The Ogham Grove really tapped into our concern for the environment and the devastating impact of climate change. It also restates our commitment to support and work with our incredible cultural and creative sectors here in Northern Ireland.”

Susan continued, “This is a significant moment for Culture Night Belfast, not only is this our first large-scale artists’ commission but it also signals an exciting new format for the event as we move forward. Culture Night 2021 will be much smaller in scale and scope and people can drop in and experience the installation over the course of the entire weekend – this different format enables us to focus on safety as well as making sure everyone has a great time.”

Sonya Whitefield, Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added,

“Thanks to National Lottery players the Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to support this innovative art installation presented by Culture Night Belfast. It’s truly heartening to see the arts and cultural sector re-open and welcome audiences back to enjoy live art. I would encourage everyone to go along to Writer’s Square this weekend and spend some time in The Ogham Grove which will inspire and enchant all who experience it.”

The Ogham Grove is open daily from 17-19 September, 10am-10pm. Visit or follow #CNB21 on social media for further details.

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