Night Watch

Grand Canal Dock

Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2
Fri 25 – Mon 28 Oct

All Day | Free Event

Set in the ancient modern of Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock, Night Watch is a free, outdoor spectacle taking place across all four days of the festival.

Best enjoyed from dusk until 9.30pm, but visible all day from Friday 25th October until late on Monday 28th October, this illuminated nocturnal wandering is an atmospheric and darkly theatrical installation is unlike anything else you’ll see in Dublin this year.

At Night Watch before dusk? Stream the soundtrack below for a better experience.


Swathed in fog and foreboding lights, a sinewy forest of reflections shifts and sways on the water, while watching eyes blink and turn in the wind. Lurking further out in darker waters, a ghostly fragmented ship hovers, moored with unknown intent, while a ghostly fog shrouds a shadowy vampirical form. Superstition confuses science, fact and folklore intertwine as a slowly turning heart, caged in a ship’s wheel, pulses and beckons us deeper and deeper…

A must-see for families, visitors and Dubliners of all ages, the water-borne installation by the world-renowned Lantern Company, reflects age-old anxieties of predator and prey, watcher and watched, with tales of the strange and sinister from the high seas.

Suitable for all ages.

Supported by Waterways Ireland.

Accessibility: Night Watch is visible from Grand Canal Quay and Hanover Quay. There are no specific viewing areas and so accessibility is according to existing street and city infrastructure.