Year after year, the cultural momentum bubbles under the surface of communities across Ireland and this year’s Culture Night programme showcases the vast and vibrant arts and creative scene around the island. It includes thousands of participants from all genres including photographers, illustrators, designers, composers, visual artists, dancers, aerialists, researchers, script-writers, conductors, projection mappers, graffiti artists, authors, singers and musicians.

Some of Ireland’s most exciting minds have got behind Culture Night in the past few years, promoting their own genres, new creative industries, as well as our rich history and heritage.  Get to know this year’s National Trailblazers and County Ambassadors helping us Switch On Culture Night 2017.

Trailblazers 2017


“Culture for me is whatever everyday Irish people are interested in, doing and talking about. I have a very democratised view of culture. A lot of


“Culture in Ireland is always changing and has a charm about it like nothing else really does. I think we live in a really cool time to see it all evolving


“Sílimse gur ár dteanga dúchais, an Ghaeilge, bunchloch ár gcultúr agus ár meoin anseo in Éirinn. Is í an Ghaeilge a thugann ár ndearcadh 


“The human capacity for artistic expression is abundant in Dublin, and growing up here immersed and surrounded by music and 


“The rich cultural heritage in this country comes from the marrow of our bones and that is what gives our music, storytelling and drama it’s 

Regional Ambassadors 2017

OFFALY, Eugene O'Brien

“Roll on Culture night and best of luck to everyone taking part in Offaly. We’ll do the county proud. There is tons of stuff from

ROSCOMMON, Frances Crowe

“Lots happening in County Roscommon for Culture night 2017, From Visual arts Exhibitions, to

CORK COUNTY, Alice Carey

This year’s Cork County Culture Night Ambassador is writer and diarist, Alice Carey.  Alice divides her life between Manhattan, where she was

KERRY, Aidan O'Mahony

National Dancing With the Stars Champion 2017. The Rathmore Guard and GAA Star finds his inner rhythm once again

KILDARE, Eric Donovan

This year’s Kildare Ambassador is Eric Donovan is an Irish boxer from Athy, County Kildare. His achievements include five Irish Elite

AN GHAELTACHT, Muireann Nic Amhlaoidh

‘Mar cheoltóir is cumadóir a mhaireann i gCorca Dhuibhne, tá dlúthcheangal idir an teanga,

LAOIS, Lucy Deegan

The Laois Culture Night Ambassador 2017 is 17 year old Lucy Deegan from Luggacurran, Co. Laois.

LIMERICK, Godknows Jonas

“Culture is an ongoing story. Our stories are different; but that difference needs to be celebrated, so that together we can create


WEXFORD, Cllr. John Hegarty

“As a country, our past should be respected and preserved, it’s why we have museums, our artistic abilities should be celebrated, it’s why

SLIGO, Michael Wann

“Sligo continues to have a vibrant wealth of cultural activity throughout the year, with Culture Night 2017