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 to spread the good word about Culture Night 2018.

Trailblazers 2018


Darach is an award- winning author and an Irish language activist from Dublin.


Aideen is a visual artist form Cork.


Mundy is an internationally successful singer and songwriter from Birr, Co. Offaly.


Ursula is a singer, songwriter and comedian hailing from Belfast.


Alma Harrak is a 14-year-old Syrian refugee based in Ireland 

Regional Ambassadors 2018

CARLOW, Turlough O'Brien

Turlough O’Brien is CEO of Carlow Voluntary Housing Association and manager of the Carlow Senior Football Team.

CORK COUNTY, Nora Twomey

Nora Twomey is an Irish animator, director, screenwriter, producer and voice actress.

KERRY, Gemma Sugrue

Gemma Sugrue is a vocalist and vocal coach.

LAOIS, Emmet Byrne

Emmet Byrne is an actor from Ballyroan in County Laois.

ROSCOMMON, Deirdre O'Gara

Deirdre is Curator of the Douglas Hyde Interpretative Centre in Portahard, Frenchpark, Co Roscommon.

TIPPERARY, Roseanna Purcell

Roseanna is an actor and writer from Littleton, Thurles.

WATERFORD, Anna Jordan

“This year is going to be amazing. An entire City coming alive through art and having a celebration of ourselves!”

WEXFORD, Richard Carr

Richard is an artist, curator and the founding director of OpenGorey’s art and cultural innovations based in Co. Wexford.


“Inni-K is one of those rare singers that will impress almost anyone with a passing interest in music…”‘- Dan Hegarty 2FM


KILDARE, Eric Donovan

Eric Donovan s an Irish boxer from Athy, County Kildare. His achievements include five Irish Elite titles and a bronze medal at the 2010 European Championships in Moscow, since turning professional he became the first boxer to win the BUI Celtic title inside five fights.