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Culture Night: What's happening near you?

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Culture Night will continue this year on Friday, September 23rd as a night of celebration of the arts.

Over 1,000 free events across the country in music, dance, literature, architecture, comedy, heritage, sports and more.

This national event aims to connect people to cultural activities while introducing new venues and emerging talent. The evening is organized by the Arts Council in partnership with local governments and organizations.

Over 1.1 million people attended Culture Night in 2021.

RTÉ will once again partner with Culture Night to broadcast live from the Midlands. Specially commissioned performances, themed programs and reports will be broadcast throughout the night.

New for 2022, Culture Night Lates will feature a series of events that take place later in the evening than usual, with many events taking place early in the morning.

Highlights include Night Shift, an outdoor journey through Dublin’s IMMA. Participants pass through grounds where history and collection pieces are framed by eerie interventions along the way.

What about the whole country?


Over 300 free events are held in cities and counties. Museums, galleries, cathedrals, studios, libraries, parks, government buildings, theaters and more come to life and are open to the public with specially curated tours, workshops, exhibitions and performances.

Some program highlights in Dublin include a live site performance on the streets of Thaler, As If By Chance.

Dublin’s Leopold Bloom Press presents a magical late-night literature and Joyce history under the title ‘See Ulysses’.

Visitors can travel back in time to Edwardian times on a tour of Phoenix Park’s Farmley House, or learn about the lives of soldiers who lived in Collins Barracks on a special tour of the National Museum of Ireland.

Budding geologists can see some of the hidden treasures at the Trinity Geology Museum’s Story of the Earth exhibit.

Comics lovers can stop by Dublin City Comics on Capel Street. Markets are held here showcasing local writers, artists and creators. Spectators are invited to explore the rich traditions of Traveler and Roman culture at the Pavie Point Traveler & Rome Center. Charles Street Great.


Cork City Hall will be the hub for a cultural night featuring local artists and collectives, live music and dance performances, while Cobh will host a nocturnal paranormal site tour by the Sirius Arts Centre.

Cork’s own Circus Factory opens for the first time, giving visitors a chance to see how creative they can get. They also perform around town in iconic locations such as Cork Quay.

Famous butter exchange band ‘Da Buttera’ invites people into their rehearsal space to learn more about this historic band.

Visit the English Market After Dark, now a staple of the Culture Night Calendar, and listen to traditional music as you browse the stalls before visiting Level City Distillery. Learn how to make Maarani Gin and Rebel City Absinthe in an old Ford factory.

The Douglas Library celebrates the musical legacy of Rory Gallagher, Taste, Microdisney, and the Sultans of Ping, Cork Printmakers presents film installations with live music, and Cork City Gaol presents a performance by the Cork Light Orchestra.

The Waterstones will host book readings by Conal Creedon and Michelle Dunn, UCC’s JP Quinn will read his book Bees at UCC, and will also offer campus tours. MTU Cork School of Music hosts building tours and operas by many talented students. The House, The Everyman, The Crawford Gallery and Nano Nagle Place are among the many venues that offer family-friendly events.


Eleven locations in Co Wicklow will have activities as part of this annual celebration on September 23rd.

Local singer-songwriter Amy Barrett takes the stage at Dunlabin’s Market Square Town Park at 8pm.

Meanwhile, celebrity Irish chef Catherine Fulvio will be hosting an interactive cooking class at 6pm at Dunlabin’s Market Square Town Park.


From Fibin sa Taibhdhearc, Galway’s Aisling na Sráide Láir / A Middle Street’s Night Dream offers audiences the chance to enjoy theatrical installations and street performances on Middle Street before parading up to Spanish Arch.

An evening of Palestinian and Irish music and dance will be held at the City Hall Theater on Wednesday, September 21st.

A traditional Irish music session will be held as part of the Galway Arts Centre’s Doltaive Ball.

Join a lively chat and Q&A with artists from the Alley Collective and ask them about the Turner Prize-winning work ‘Doltayb’s Ball’, currently on display at the Galway Arts Centre.

The Galway Cartoon Festival will host a Culture Night event on the grounds of the Galway Distillery, featuring cartoonists for the opening of the exhibition ‘Moon Cartoons’ and caricature and live drawing sessions It features the launch of the 2022 festival programme.

Forge Artists Aoife Natsumi Frehan and Emma O’ Toole present two pumpkin and prosecco workshops.


The Siona Festival in Limerick promises a night of electronic, hip-hop and traditional music from digital and street artists at King John’s Castle.

A St John’s Cathedral tour that traces the history of the cathedral and its structure with a particular focus on the stained glass windows.

The Limerick Youth Theater presents a series of short comedy films written by its members and Myles Breen. Directed by Miles Breen, starring LYT members.

Discover the history of the university and meet members of the Mangret Heritage Society at Mangret College.

The Glenbrohane Community Hall hosts evenings where local musicians, singers and storytellers entertain with complimentary tea.


If you go to Kerry’s Paradise Cabaret, expect a comedy, circus, dance and music cabaret that is comical, silly, deftly humorous, ludicrously funny.

Killarglin and the District Pipe Band play some of their musical repertoire at Killarney Town Centre.

For architecture and heritage lovers, a guided walk/tour through the history of the Corris Sandes House is accompanied by string orchestras from the Semper Music Academy.

Watch Scartaglin’s special talk on the revival of the Handed Down series. Guest speaker Dr. Matt Cranitch outlines what to expect this fall/winter and spring in this popular series of his Sliabh Luachra talks.

While in Tralee, Build with Me + The Moon will be held to encourage children to think about a sustainable future and what it means and looks like for them.

The full program of Culture Nights around the country can be found here.