Culture NIght 2021 Returns in Person

Culture Night returns on Friday, September 17th with lots of in person events around the country. For those prefer to stay at home there will be lots of virtual events too.  Everyone, everywhere is invited to a joyful night to discover and celebrate all that our culture offers.   

There will be a rich and diverse programme of thousands of events that span layers of arts and culture from architecture to comedy, circus to dance, film to literature, museums to music, heritage to sport and science to fashion, to name but a few. 

Culture Night is brought to you by the Arts Council in partnership with local authorities and cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland and puts a spotlight on the quality and breadth of Ireland’s existing cultural offerings and institutions. 

Museum, Galleries and Cultural Institutions Open

Almost all museums, galleries and cultural institutions around the country will be open, and there no entry charges.  Some will have to be booked in advance, see the programme.

Highlights this year will include the Circus Factory Presents “Pitch’d Circus and Street Arts Festival” a pop-up show celebrating circus, the human body and the bicycle in Cork.   

Check out Poetry Town, a new all-island initiative from Poetry Ireland, which will see a series of free poetry-related activities take place in 20 towns across Ireland. 

Art for Culture Night

Limerick City and County will host a number of live outdoor Cultural Hubs. Audiences can pre-book into live music, literature, art and food themed evenings in some of the city’s most iconic cultural outdoor spaces. They include the Milk Market, The Hunt Museum and King John’s Castle. 

All are welcomed to Dundalk Library Garden for an evening of stories at Scéalaíocht do Theaghlaigh le Seosamh Ó Maolalaí.  It is sure to captivate with a blend of traditional Irish tales and stories. This is suitable for fluent Gaeilgeoirí, foghlaimeoirí/learners, tosaitheoirí/beginners, or people who are completely new to Irish. 

In Roscommon, At The Castle, is a stunning film by Emma Brennan, projected onto the walls of the atmospheric ruins of Roscommon Castle, portraying a new dance piece performed and choreographed by Mintesinot Wolde. 

Culture Night on RTÉ

RTÉ will partners with Culture Night to bring specially commissioned performances and themed programming. There will be reports across the evening, with a few surprises along the way. 

On television, RTÉ One will celebrate with a special edition of Nationwide, joining up with arts groups and communities around the country to see just what they’re planning.  

Later in the evening, The Late Late Show will celebrate Culture Night with a specially commissioned opening performance.  

Annually Culture Night spans a range of culture, arts, heritage, education, hospitality, tourism, health and commercial and corporate enterprise. There is so much on offer, that a little planning goes a long way. 

For more information on Culture Night check out Culture Night or join the conversation on social media channels at Culture Night Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok. 

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