Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir is an annual, all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year, it will take place on Friday 18th September 2020. On Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, from independent studios and art-spaces to national cultural institutions, extend their opening hours to allow increased access for the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and, thanks to the continued support of the Arts Council and local authorities across the island of Ireland, all activities are made available to the public free of charge.
Culture Night planning is well underway. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to reimagine the event for this year, but we have been really heartened by the enthusiasm of artists, arts organisations and Culture Night organisers. We look forward to presenting a programme, combining online and safe offline activities, on Friday 18th of September!
Thank you to all organisations who have agreed to take part and to those who have an on-going commitment to paying artists for Culture Night. The Arts Council’s #PayTheArtist policy is being highlighted in our terms and conditions to ensure that artists who are invited to perform and participate are paid. We recognise that many artists may also freely volunteer and we welcome participation in Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir in many different ways. 2020 will continue to be a difficult year for artists, cultural and community organisations and we hope that Culture Night will be part of our path to celebrate and return to creativity and culture in new, inclusive, experimental and exiting ways.
Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir organisers are also encouraged to consider the Arts Council’s Equality, Human Rights & Diversity Policy & Strategy when programming for this year’s event. We strive to ensure that the programme promotes diversity and inclusion, welcoming all communities, both new and established.
We are looking forward to our launch on 29th of July… stay tuned!
Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir has grown from a relatively small-scale cultural event, staged only in Dublin in 2006, to the significant national cultural event it is now, with some 400,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the island. The initiative has captured the public imagination and its success has been propelled by the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.
Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir is an initiative of Dublin City Council (Temple Bar Cultural Trust) and became a national event with the support from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht from 2008 onward. In 2020, responsibility for steering and funding Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir on a national level was transferred from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to the Arts Council.
Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir…
• Helps create a sense of community and belonging – community is at the heart of what we do
• Celebrates the value that art and creativity bring to our lives
• Provides a platform for creative talent in its many forms
• Encourages more people to visit cultural venues and experience culture in their locality
• Reminds us all about the fantastic cultural facilities and resources that we have locally and nationally
• Raises the profile of cultural organisations, activities and facilities
• Encourages people to try new things and to get into the habit of engaging more regularly with cultural venues and activities in their locality, providing vital support for artists and arts organisations and driving investment in the cultural sector
• Makes it easier for people to play a role in their local cultural scene
• Promotes diversity and inclusion through celebration of all creative communities, both new and established
Culture Night happens because many people share a vision and enthusiasm for enjoying, celebrating and promoting creativity and culture. The following list gives a taste of the wide range of people and institutions that help make it happen each year: the public, artists, performing groups, galleries, museums, sports clubs, libraries, arts centres, craft workers, studios and workshops, theatres, public spaces, broadcasters, schools, community groups, local authorities, government departments, state agencies and public bodies, transport companies, universities, shops and many more.
For one night only, the island of Ireland and select international locations become YOUR free cultural playground, where you’re invited to seek out the culture around every corner.
Culture Night is brought to you by the Arts Council, in partnership with local authorities and cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland.
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