Friday 22 September 2023
Culture Night is back this Friday, 22 September! This celebration of the very best of our culture runs late into the night and shines a light on the quality and breadth of the incredible and diverse cultural offering in Ireland, while introducing audiences
to new venues and emerging talent across the country. Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD has invited everyone to come out and celebrate the diversity of arts and culture in Ireland
for themselves with family and friends on this special night.
Under the stewardship of the Arts Council, Culture Night is brought to you in partnership with local authorities, cultural and community organisations across Ireland. It is a seismic moment, a collective magical emotional journey where artist and audience
engage with each other as they celebrate One Night For All. Over 1,700 events are planned and ALL events are FREE. This Friday Culture Night comes of age and celebrates its 18th edition. What originally started in 40 venues in Dublin’s
Temple Bar in 2006, is today an all-island celebration of the very best of culture with a multitude of FREE events happening late into the night.
Commenting, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD said:
“The tagline of Culture Night is ‘One Night For All’ and it is wonderful to see such variety and diversity reflected
in this year’s Culture Night programme. I invite everyone, young and old, to make the most of the fantastic offering of free events and activities this Friday night, as we celebrate culture in all its forms. I am proud that my department will support
an expanded Culture Night Late programme this year. Villages, towns and cities across the country will play host to innovative and inclusive arts events that begin after 9pm and continue late into the night, demonstrating how arts and culture have
a role at the heart of a vibrant Night-Time Economy in Ireland.”
EVERYONE is invited to come out and discover the night for themselves, whether it’s something they’ve enjoyed before or something new. Culture Night is the perfect chance to do this in a welcoming, safe vibe in towns, cities, villages and locations across
Ireland as the culturally curious come together for a night filled with possibilities.
Culture Night Late, a series of events running later into the night is presented, with thanks to additional support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Night Time Economy Taskforce. This
year Culture Night Late features an expanded programme of events including;
The Late Night Foyer Gig With Franco Morone in Ennis. Known as the Italian poet of the acoustic guitar and one of the most influential fingerpicking guitarists
in Europe, his exquisite touch reinvigorates traditional Celtic and Italian melodies.
The Model Sligo, presents DJs Till Late in two separate spaces; one features a DJ selection curated by GASH Collective, a platform supporting female, trans, queer, non-binary
and other underrepresented people in music. Kelly-Anne Byrne, will headline the second space with support from DJ Tara Be.
Sounds On Site in Ballina plays host to an outdoor concert featuring musicians including Steo Wall, Elaine Mai, Doppler and Sweetlemondae.
Strawberries at Meeting House Square in Dublin will immerse audiences in a night of entrancing beats and melodies that honor diversity and unity including
Soria Reilly, Bull Horris b2k Tadgh K and Efa O’Neill.
Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council said:
"Culture Night is a celebration of diverse and rich culture across the entire island of Ireland and a testament to the power of the arts to bring communities together. It's a night where
creativity knows no bounds, as streets across the country come alive with music, dance, art, and so much more. As we celebrate our 18th Culture Night, we embrace our shared and evolving national cultural tapestry and revel in the joy it brings to
our lives. This Friday evening we invite you to discover the night for yourself and join us for a vibrant and unforgettable evening of artistic expression."
Celebrating the values of openness, discovery and belonging, all activities on Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir 2023 are FREE. As well as a host of inspiring and innovative events in key urban cities and towns across the country such as Go Gallivanting poetry, visual art, performances in Cork, Beethoven's Ode to Joy Chorus in ISL with Dublin Theatre of the Deaf, TCD and Amanda Coogan in Dublin, and stunning video projection
mapping and live AV performance of Universal Brainwaves Of Imagination in Galway.
Ireland’s Midlands this year features a diverse mix of compelling cultural events including;
Ceol agus craic galore await daoine of all levels of ability at the Pop-up Gaeltacht at the Haggard, Longford. The event is very accessible for those who only have a
few focal and extend a céad míle fáilte to all.
Afro Beats Music promises a participative night of African Culture in Longford Town, experienced through music from different genres like amapiano, juju, Fuji, highlife, Malissa, kizomba
and others with percussive beats, infectious rhythms and catchy melodies guaranteed to entertain and to inspire young musicians of tomorrow.
Discover the new Esker Arts Centre in Tullamore through a stunning and ambitious programme of events throughout the night including contemporary dance choreographed and curated by Amy Donlon, a brilliant photo exhibition by Offaly Down Syndrome
Association, an open mic evening with Music Generation, plus film, book launches and more.
Creative Places Edenderry Presents: Creative Community Social, a special evening celebrating the diverse cultures and nationalities of Edenderry,
Offaly, in an opportunity for locals to both showcase and sample some of the distinct cultural activities and produce from Ireland and around the world.
Mountmellick Arts Collective, Laois will host an evening of beautiful art, poetry, film, fiction, memoir and music all produced by the Collective at the
Enjoy an inspiring night of dancing, music and singing at the Borris Innovation Centre, Laois featuring younger children in the early evening joined later by a Community Choir
Performance with senior musicians and singers.
The Read Mór book gifting project is back and this time patients in selected hospitals across the country will have an opportunity to escape to furthest reaches of their imagination with a choice of 29 different books by Irish based authors
and publishers. This year the Arts Council is proud to partner up with HSE Healthy Ireland. ‘Book Doctors’ will be prescribing 3,600 free books from their Library Trolleys as they visit Connolly Hospital, Dublin; Letterkenny Hospital, Donegal; Portiuncula
Hospital, Galway; St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny; Naas Hospital, Kildare; Ennis Hospital, Clare; and Croom Hospital, Limerick.
Separately, OPW properties across Ireland will host a broad and diverse programme including a Bike Disco, 5km, car-free cycle through the Phoenix Park Dublin, with bike decoration packs available onsite for the first 150 participants.
Bus Eireann Culture Night buses will leave every 30 minutes from Cork City Hall, from 18:30 to help people to get across the city and take in as many events, as easily
as possible. Each will have live performers and take you on one of three routes around the city.
RTÉ is broadcasting live across radio, television and online from across the country. RTÉ One will take the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and guests to Dún Lúiche (Dunlewey) at the foot of Mount Errigal and the edge of Loch Dhún Lúiche in the
heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht and will feature The Murder Capital, Aby Coulibaly, Olesya Zdorovetska. Leaders of the current Irish folk revival, Ye Vagabonds, will perform from the amphitheatre on Oileán Árainn Mhór (Arranmore wee) with guests Mairéad
Ní Mhaonaigh and Nia Ní Bheirn. An Arena Culture Night Special on RTÉ Radio 1 will come live from the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton, Leitrim, while the Mermaid Theatre in Bray will stage an RTÉ 2fm Rising concert as part of Culture Night Late, featuring
Irish acts Soulé, Chasing Abbey, Still Blue and Aonair. On RTÉ lyric fm, Lorcan Murray's Classic Drive will be live from the Hunt Museum, Limerick while Live with Paul Herriott will feature a special performance by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Áine
Ní Bhreisleán will be live from Ionad Cois Locha for Bladhaire on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta . For more info on RTE events check out www.rte.ie/culture.
TG4 will have a selection of content both on air, online and across their social strands. The focus of TG4's content will be Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and regional. For the first time on Oíche Chultúir, fans of Ros na Rún, (TG4's popular drama
series) will have an opportunity to get an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the set and participate in a Q&A session with some of the team. The Ros na Rún set is located in An Spidéal, in Co. Galway and those who would like to attend the event
will have to prebook. Also on Oíche Chultúir - Molscéal and BLOC, both online platforms under the TG4 umbrella will bring some wonderful entertainment from Ráth Cairn, in Co. Meath and from Limerick and Cork. There will also be a special edition
of Nuacht Cúla4 on the new children's channel Cúla4. Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Baile Bhuirne in Co. Cork will all be represented on the news programme for young people.
For more information go to www.culturenight.ie. Follow us @ CultureNight on our social channels and join the conversation using #OneNightForAll and/or #OícheDárSaol
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