More than 1,000 free events will be held across the country next month as Culture Night makes its much-anticipated return.
From music to art to comedy, fashion and literature, entertainment lovers are in for a treat as they return to the cultural scene on Friday 23 September.
This year Culture Night Late will see a series of events running later than previous years into the night, some lasting until 2am.
Culture and Arts Minister Catherine Martin said the Culture Night will “push the boundaries” this year by supporting and promoting the night economy.
“Night of Culture is always a special night on the calendar and this year it will be even more exciting as we celebrate Night of Culture late,” she said.
“It is truly encouraging to see Culture Night supporting and promoting the night economy with a program of nightly flagship events and facilitating subsequent openings of arts and cultural venues across the country.
“The additional funding for this initiative will help encourage this late-night culture and provide artists and venues with an opportunity to try something new.”
One of this year’s highlights is Night Shift, an outdoor journey through the ‘dreamy’ landscapes of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Limerick’s Sionna Festival promises a night of electronic, hip-hop and traditional music with digital and street artists at King John’s Castle, while Kerry’s Paradise Cabaret presents a ‘hilariously absurd’ cabaret of comedy, circus and dance.
There will be a ‘layered mix’ of indoor and outdoor activities with programs that reflect the diversity and encourage inclusion of all voices and cultures that make up Ireland today, from all walks of life, ethnicity and tradition.
It will also feature events for all ages and interests including As If By Chance in Dublin, a site-specific live performance in the streets of Tallaght exploring stories of love and intimacy.
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Resilience in Kilkenny, a feminist program, celebrates the works of Sarah Browne, Breda Lynch and a special work commission from Amber Women’s Refuge.
Meanwhile, PopUpArt Newbridge will feature the work of 20 Kildare-affiliated artists.
Arts Council Director Maureen Kennelly said Culture Night is essentially a “full return” to in-person events and a night for us all to come together and enjoy the best of Irish culture.
“The really good thing about it is that it’s multi-generational, so all ages are there, so it’s a very family-friendly event,” she said.
“It’s all completely free and at a time when many of us are worried about the cost of living it’s great that you can actually experience Ireland’s culture for free and it gives people a good snapshot of what’s going on throughout the year above is available and you can do this experiment.”
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