Thousands of venues all across the country will open their doors to the public on the evening of September 16th
On the 16th of September towns and cities across the country will play host to Ireland’s annual cultural evening as Culture Night returns for its 11th year.
From musical and dance performances to spoken word and eye-catching art, Culture Night 2016 promises over 3,000 free events held all across country.
Almost 1,300 venues in 40 different towns and cities will participate in this year's event.
Museums, galleries, cathedrals, observatories, libraries, parks, government buildings and theatres will all open their doors for free visits as well as tours, workshops, and demonstrations.
Since it began, Culture Night has continued to grow from 40,000 attendees in 2006 to over 370,000 attendees around the country last year.
This year the line-up includes thousands of participants from a wide variety of genres including photographers, illustrators, designers, composers, visual artists, dancers, aerialists, researchers, script-writers, authors, singers and musicians.
Some of last year’s most popular venues in Dublin are returning once again this year including:
Dublin’s newest museum dedicated to telling the story of Ireland’s history of emigration, EPIC Ireland, will open its doors for free.
The Royal College of Surgeons on St Stephen’s Green will have a 3D animated light show that will take viewers on a journey through the RCSI’s history.
Smithfield Square will host a number of interactive events from Makeshop to fencing and the evening will close with ‘Firefly’ - a fire display by Dublin Circus Project.
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra and special guests will also perform at The National Concert Hall.
In the capital, Dublin Bus will provide free buses every 20 minutes starting on Bachelor’s Walk, Aston Quay, College Green and Eden Quay. They will also have some on-bus entertainment from Temple Bar Tradfest.
Some highlights for the evening across the rest of the country will include:
A comic art exhibition and Q&A, an organ recital by Mark Slade and an Sean Nós Dance Workshop.
Bus Éireann will provide three complimentary bus routes in Cork to cater for those who want to explore the different events. Irish Rail and DART will also offer 100 free family passes for travel on Culture Night itself.
A Yeats treasure hunt, Filí agus Ceol of Keash, a movie night at Sligo Gaol and and exhibition displaying '60 Years of Drama'.
An Ennis poetry trail, open studios, fireside stories and a tour of St. Flannan's Cathedral
Performances from the German Electrophonic Orchestra, Gaeilge Tomagotchi, The Edenderry Rockers and Dance, Dance Dance.
You can see an in depth programme for the evening on the website with more events listed in many more areas across the country.
Heather Humphreys TD Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs explained why Culture Night is such an important evening for the country:
"Culture Night brings culture closer to the people of Ireland by providing access to the immense choice of cultural experiences in some of Ireland’s most striking settings, from iconic and historical venues to small one of a kind locations.
"The arts are a major part of Irish life and together with our rich heritage, traditions and language they preserve our strong sense of national identity.
"Culture Night is an invitation for the public to get closer to culture and explore their towns and cities on this special night, unlike no other. As the eleventh Culture Night draws closer I look forward to another wonderful night of community engagement and cultural discovery across the country.”