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Culture Night 2021 – A Gateway to Ireland’s Cultural Treasures
Streets, workshops, galleries, theatres, parks, museums, studios and libraries across Ireland are all bustling with visitors again as Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir 2021 kicks off. With 80% of programme events ‘in-person’ the magical atmosphere in our cultural venues, institutions and communities has returned for one national moment as Ireland and its arts and cultural community has “Come Together Again” for Culture Night 2021. The energy that this night emanates has the power to connect everyone to cultural activities locally, nationally and even internationally.
With a programme that offers an eclectic mix of 1,200 FREE events reflecting the diversity of culture in Ireland today, 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 abroad, putting a spotlight on the quality and breadth of Ireland’s existing cultural offerings and institutions. It is a gateway for people to explore and discover our rich culture and heritage and enjoy it throughout the year.
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD said:
“Culture Night/Oíche Chultúir has become a significant date in the country’s cultural calendar in the last few years. Tonight gives us a much-needed opportunity to celebrate our rich and diverse culture and arts sector. It is also important to acknowledge that most of the events scheduled for tonight are to be held in-person, marking a major turning point in our road to recovery. I would like to commend the Arts Council, local authorities and arts groups throughout the country who have, despite continued challenging circumstances, provided a wide ranging and extensive programme of events for us all to enjoy online and in-person.”
With a captivating celebration of culture in Ireland today, the programme spans 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. This year’s Culture Night not only gives artists the opportunity to reunite with live audiences but also for people to explore new aspects of culture in-person and learn new skills and crafts with many venues staying open until 11.30pm. With 1,200 events across all counties in Ireland in the 2021 Culture Night programme, there is an extraordinary range of events, but two main art forms dominate nevertheless. Music will ring out across Ireland tonight as it makes up 54% of the entire programme – a big increase on previous years, while 69% of events are family friendly. 41% of this year’s programme comes from the visual arts, with heritage themed events featuring strongly once again at 24% and 10% of events are as Gaeilge.
Director of the Arts Council, Maureen Kennelly said:
“Culture Night is a joyful moment to celebrate our treasured rich and diverse culture and importantly, it is a reminder of all that is available to us year round. Many of the organisations and artists who are taking part in Culture Night are stretching themselves again after a difficult 18 months. We encourage everyone to continue to plan visits to our galleries, arts centres, museums and festivals and to book tickets to events and support our cultural sector, who continued to uplift and inspire us during the toughest of times.”
Culture Night is an opportunity to discover and celebrate the diversity of Irish culture today and includes L’Italia In Piazza, a night in Fitzwilliam Square featuring an Italian Saxophone Quartet, Brazilian music with Kasia Eliasz and Mother Tongues: an Interactive Museum of Languages for Children in Tallaght. There will also be deeper exploration into cultural communities in Ireland such as Pavee Roads Home, an online exploration of Traveller culture and A Snapshot of Orthodoxy and the Greek Tradition.
Across the country, the culturally curious can enjoy a myriad of events with something for all interests. Visit Galway’s Ballyglunin Station Culture Night presented by Three Rings Team for an evening of live performances of zydeco music and an audacious exhibition of unbridled art in all forms. In Cork, Teanga – Tongues sees Julie Goo weave her Irish Language Poetry from her recent debut collection DÁNA (Coiscéim), while Roscommon Arts Centre hosts “Martin Parr – 40 Years of Photography in Ireland”, an exhibition that captures a changing Ireland over the last three decades. Alchemy Music is a very special concert in Wicklow to celebrate some of the county’ s finest musicians led by Mary Coughlan on vocals, and Donegal’s An Grianan Theatre presents an evening of events for Culture Night, including the tongue-in-cheek Manny Man Does the History of Ireland on Stage, from the Ice Age all the way to Ireland today in less than 90 minutes.
Also this evening, the National Gallery of Ireland connects on an international level with the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris on Culture Night through the Live Drawing Project. The collaboration features several top international artists along with members of the public ‘live drawing’ onto the walls of the National Gallery and also onto the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. There are also a range of other events taking place across the world from an exhibition trail of Irish street photography in Berlin, to An Evening of Traditional Irish Music and Spoken Word, hosted by Irish Arts Foundation in Leeds.
Culture Night 2021 Invites Us To Come Together Again This September
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.
Maureen Kennelly, Arts Council Director said “Culture Night is an important shared moment in our cultural calendars and, in its stewardship role, the Arts Council is delighted to bring together its sixteenth edition, which will take place right across the island and internationally. To come together again, in our communities and in our cultural organisations, to celebrate all that makes up the richness and diversity of culture in Ireland today, is an important shared collective experience and especially so at this time. As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, this one joyful night is a celebration, a discovery and a reminder of cultural and creative experiences that continue to be available to us year round.”
Highlights include; a virtual tour of Leinster House, gaining unique access to discover the history of Parliament in Ireland, from Norman times to today. Witness its restoration to former glory and enjoy hidden treasures found during restoration; explore the outdoor exhibition of images captured by residents of Marian Hostel, A Direct Provision Centre in Tullamore, reflecting themes of identity, current circumstances and new horizons that were facilitated through workshops with visual artist and activist Vukasin Nedelikovick; 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; Limerick City and County will host a number of live outdoor Cultural Hubs where audiences can pre-book into live music, literature, art and food themed evenings in some of the city’s most iconic cultural outdoor spaces – 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 who is sure to captivate with a blend of traditional Irish tales and stories, suitable for fluent Gaeilgeoirí, foghlaimeoirí/learners, tosaitheoirí/beginners, or people who are completely new to Irish! 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. Live dance and music performances will take place on the night on the Castle grounds and at the amphitheatre of Loughnaneane Park. A spectacle of visuals and lighting will be projected on the walls by Algorithm Productions from dusk until midnight.
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, rte.ie/culture 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 www.culturenight.ie or join the conversation on social media channels at Culture Night Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok.
Culture Night Open Call Invites You To Create Culture This September
Celebrating themes of Openness, Discovery, Celebration & Belonging Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir 2021 will take place on Friday, 17th September. Organisers have today (Thursday, 1st July) launched an ‘Open Call’ inviting organisations and individuals interested in participating to log onto culturenight.ie/get-involved/ and share their ‘Expressions of Interest’ with their Local Authority Arts Office.
The annual Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir is a national moment – an all-island public event celebrating the richness and diversity of culture, creativity and the arts in Ireland today, connecting people to cultural activities at a local and national level. It spans across a sectoral range of culture, arts, heritage, education, hospitality, tourism, health and commercial and corporate enterprise. A broad expanse of people, organisations, venues and institutions 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.
All participants must be registered through the relevant Arts Office/local authority or the national coordinator and uploaded to the national programme/website. Participation is through your local Arts Office which oversees the organisation of the programme of events in each county. Full registration details are available on www.culturenight.ie. Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir 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.
Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir invites everyone, everywhere, on one joyful night to discover and celebrate all that our culture is today. It respects, supports and ensures the inclusion of all voices and cultures that make up Ireland today, from all sections of society and from all social backgrounds, ethnicities and traditions. Organisers are particularly interested in cultural events that promote diversity and inclusion through the celebration of creative communities, both new and established and those that seek to create opportunities for participation with those who may not always have easy access to cultural events such as asylum seekers, refugees and migrants etc. Irish Traveller Community etc.
For more information on Culture Night Event & Venue Criteria view the terms of participation section on the Get Involved page www.culturenight.ie. National organisations and institutions can contact the National Coordinator directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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