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Culture Night will take place on Friday 22nd September 2017

Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year, it will take place on Friday 22nd September 2017. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural Institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge.

Switch On Culture As Culture Night Returns On September 22nd. Ireland’s annual nocturnal cultural extravaganza returns on Friday September 22nd. Showcasing the vibrant arts and creative scene of towns, villages, islands and cities across the country, thousands of participants are gearing up for an evening of culture, creativity and celebration as they get ready to switch on Culture Night 2017. The programme for this, the twelfth Culture Night, was revealed today and is now available on www.culturenight.ie Museums, galleries, cathedrals, studios, libraries, parks, government buildings, theatres and more, across the country will throw open their doors late into the night for FREE visits, tours, workshops, readings and performances. Organisers are hoping to build on last year’s phenomenal turn-out of over 400,000 nationwide. Pictured are Dagmara Jerzak(right), Dance Ireland, Portobello and Laura Sarah Dowdall, Dance Ireland, Blackrock. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Culture Night has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it now is, with some 350,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the country. The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.

Culture Night

  • Encourages more people to visit cultural venues and experience culture in their locality
  • Reminds us all about the fantastic cultural facilities and resources that we have locally and nationally
  • Raises the profile of cultural organisations, activities and facilities
  • Encourages people to try new things and to get into the habit of going more often to cultural venues and activities in their locality
  • Makes it easier for people to play a role in their local cultural scene
  • Helps create a sense of community and belonging

Culture Night in Wicklow

2017 marks Wicklow’s 8th year of participation in this national event, and we are sure there will be many wonderful experiences to be had at this year’s Culture Night. Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Wicklow County Council.

Count Wicklow and indeed Bray has a number of different FREE events on the night. Take a look here or download the brochure here.

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