Friday 17th September 2021

Culture Night invites everyone, everywhere on one joyful night to discover and celebrate all that our culture is today. With 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 / Oíche Chultúir 2021 will take place on Friday, 17th September.

This national ‘moment’ connects everyone to cultural activities locally and nationally. 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.

This year, as part of the work of the Night-Time Economy Taskforce, the Arts Council is piloting a number of late night events around the country to support the development of a more vibrant and sustainable night-time economy.  These events are taking place in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD said “I would like to thank all of those arts and cultural organisations, institutions and individuals involved in Culture Night.  Every year this wonderful evening of festivities gets bigger and brighter and organisers have met the challenges posed by public health restrictions head on by developing an innovative and accessible programme.  It is a true celebration of culture in all its forms and I was delighted this year to provide some extra support so that there will be some later night events taking place around the country as part of the work of the Night-Time Economy Taskforce.  I welcome this inclusion and hope to see more of this in the future.”

Local Authorities across the country are fundamental to the success of Culture Night. This year in particular they have produced pioneering and innovative programmes that are layered mix of indoor and outdoor activities with visitor safety paramount and ensuring adherence to government COVID-19 guidelines. Programmes reflect diversity and inclusion through the celebration of creative communities, both new and established and respects and supports the inclusion of all voices and cultures that make up Ireland today, from all social backgrounds, ethnicities and traditions.

RTÉ once again partners with Culture Night to bring specially commissioned performances and themed programming and 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. As the country comes together once again to celebrate arts and culture – both in-person and virtual – the Nationwide Culture Night Special will bring stories of ambition, persistence and joy from arts communities who have struggled and triumphed in the last year, along with highlights from their Culture Night plans. Later in the evening, The Late Late Show will celebrate Culture Night with a specially commissioned opening performance. As usual, will provide a wealth of content to mark Culture Night 2021.

Celebrating the values of Openness, Discovery, Celebration & Belonging Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir 2021 is brought to you by the Arts Council, in partnership with local authorities and cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland and thanks to their continued support all activities are free. Annually it spans a range of culture, arts, heritage, education, hospitality, tourism, health and commercial and corporate enterprise. A broad expanse of people, organisations and venues  help make it happen each year including artists, performing groups, galleries, museums, sports clubs, libraries, arts centres, craft workers, studios and workshops, theatres, schools, community groups, local authorities, government departments, state agencies and public bodies, transport companies, universities, shops and many more.

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

For full Culture Night 2021 Launch Press Release click below:

Culture Night 2021 Launch Press release

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