Culture Night on RTÉ: Celebrating Arts and Culture in Ireland in 2020

RTÉ will mark Culture Night 2020 with a range of special broadcasts, commissioned performances and live concerts across television, radio and online.

Due to Covid-19, RTÉ has replaced its annual open-air Culture Night concert at National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks with a cross-platform programme which focuses on the efforts of artists and communities across the country to rise to the challenge and celebrate a Culture Night like no other.   

WATCH: Culture Night Nationwide Special, RTÉ One, Friday 18th September, 7.00pm

This special programme will see the premiere of an RTÉ film featuring an original contemporary commissioned dance piece from award-winning choreographer, Emma Martin (and her company, United Fall), featuring both professional dancers and diverse community dance groups, filmed in the State Apartments and Upper Courtyard of Dublin Castle. The piece will be accompanied by a specially commissioned arrangement of traditional music inspired by O’Riada with vocals from Irish RnB artist, Soulé.

Also in the programme are five specially-produced local film projects showcasing a range of the cultural activities from across the country which celebrate diversity.

The films will spotlight:

RAMOR THEATRE “Barber of Belcoo”

A new site-specific work from Padraig McIntyre, specially-commissioned for Culture Night with writer John McManus and actor Brid Ni Neachtain in the wilds of Cavan Burren GeoPark.

CORK / MY GENERATION at The Glucksman

Young people from Cork’s migrant community workshop with artists in the Glucksman Gallery to create a large-scale public work (street art) which will be unveiled on Culture Night.

DUBLIN / RADE (Rehabilitation through Arts, Drama, and Education)

A behind-the-scenes film of RADE’s ticketed screening of their work (a musical comedy facilitated by composer Trevor Knight) on Culture Night, including conversations with participants about how filmmaking and involvement in the arts has been a lifeline.


Vera Klute demonstrates the process of creating a small-scale sculpture.


Amanda Coogan workshopping with the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf who will perform ‘Ode to Joy’ in sign as part of ‘When I’, a programme of newly commissioned works and performances.


LISTEN & WATCH: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE from the National Concert Hall, 7.00pm, live on RTÉ lyric fm and live-streaming on

WATCH the concert (presented by Paul Herriott) online and LISTEN live to RTÉ lyric fm:

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gavin Maloney performs:


LISTEN: Arena, RTÉ Radio 1, 7pm-8pm

RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena will feature coverage of Culture Night projects and events in the days leading up to the night itself.


There’ll be much more on Culture Night with RTÉ on, a one-stop shop for all things Culture Night. You can also keep up with RTÉ on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #culturenight.

Culture Night with RTÉ is kindly supported by the Arts Council. Filming in the State Apartments and Upper Courtyard of Dublin Castle is with the kind permission of the Office of Public Works.

Culture Night is supported under the RTÉ Supporting the Arts Scheme.