Another Cultural Extravaganza On The Way As Ireland Prepares For The Largest Culture Night Ever
Details of Culture Night 2012 were unveiled today (Wednesday, 15th August, 2012) by Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT), in Cork City Hall. On Friday, 21st September, museums, galleries, theatres, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural institutions will open their doors to the public for the largest Culture Night to date, with a record 34 towns, cities, counties and islands across the nation taking part in this late night cultural extravaganza. New regions to the programme this year are; Ards (Co. Down), Armagh, Galway County, Holywood (Co. Down), Louth and North Tipperary.
In Dublin, Dublin Bus will be providing free Culture Night buses to help move visitors around Dublin City on Culture Night Dublin Bus will provide free Culture Night Dublin Buses.
2012 marks the seventh year of Culture Night and organisers TBCT are delighted to announce that this year’s programme is the most diverse yet, since the renowned late night of free cultural events was created in 2006. People of all ages across the country are encouraged to take advantage of this national night of adventure and discovery, as cultural organisations and regional authorities across Ireland pull out all the stops to produce an unforgettable and unique evening of FREE cultural experiences for all to enjoy. Last year more than 300,000 people engaged with Culture Night across the country and we expect even more to join in the cultural celebration this year.
Commenting on this year’s programme for Culture Night, Minister Deenihan said, “It is a pleasure to be here in Cork City Hall for the launch of Culture Night 2012. Culture is an integral part of our social DNA in Ireland and this event serves to highlight the importance and strength of our cultural institutions. Our thriving creative sector has made this country one of the most sought after cultural destinations in the world. With such a diverse programme of performances, events and exhibitions available to the public, Culture Night actively demonstrates that the creative and cultural sector in Ireland has a renewed commitment to delivering top quality initiatives. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Cork City Council, Temple Bar Cultural Trust and the vast array of cultural institutions involved in the organisation of this wonderful event.”
Funding has been provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for the event since 2006 and this year the will provide funding of approximately €200,000 towards the all-Ireland event. Minister Deenihan T.D. also acknowledged the work of all the volunteers and staff who work tirelessly to ensure that Culture Night continues to be success it has now become.
With such a variety of cultural offerings to choose from there is something for everyone to sample. Highlights from this year’s programme include; free recording sessions in Platform4 Audio and Digital Media Studio, Kildare, a special reading and conversation with acclaimed author Cathy Kelly in Greystones Library and the opportunity to connect with your creative side at The Lir, Dublin in a series of free workshops led by the academy’s voice, movement and acting teachers. The Source Arts Centre, Tipperary will become a shrine to the great James Joyce when 18 voluntary groups participate in a marathon reading of Ulysses spread over 26 hours non-stop, while The Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork transforms into an enormous live sketchbook. This is just a taster of the vast programme of events available to the public on Friday, 21st September.
Speaking at the official launch the Lord Mayor of Cork commented: ‘We are delighted and honoured, to this year, host the national launch of Culture Night 2012 here in Cork City Hall. This event, which brings culture to people around the country on such a large scale, is a really phenomenal achievement. Culture Night is all about positive interactive cultural engagement, and last year in Cork alone, more than a quarter of the city’s population attended the wide variety of different venues and events on the night. We hope, on a nationwide level, that this year will continue along the same vein and allow people to engage with different forms of culture and have their own unique cultural experience. With a completely fresh programme of events, Culture Night 2012 looks set to be the biggest yet. From breakdancers to photography exhibitions, film and music, there is sure to be something to suit everyone in the family. We look forward to playing our part in Ireland’s biggest cultural event on Friday, September 21st.’
Speaking at the launch of Culture Night 2012 in Cork City Hall, Dermot McLaughlin, CEO of Temple Bar Cultural Trust said: “It is our seventh year organising Culture Night and this year’s programme, we are delighted to announce, is the largest and most exciting yet growing year on year. With a record 34 regions participating, allowing unbridled access to a range of cultural programmes, performances and exhibitions, there can be no doubt that Ireland’s cultural sector is one of the most distinctive and attractive in Europe. Culture is very much part of the social fabric in Ireland and our aim from the beginning has been to ensure the general public are free to sample any aspect of cultural endeavour they chose. This year is no exception. Culture Night has established itself as a key date on the cultural calendar with families and friends coming out onto the streets en masse across the cities and towns of Ireland to enjoy this incredible event atmosphere and unique experience. With everything from theatre, art, music, poetry, film and ad-hoc projects and exhibitions represented, Culture Night is an initiative that we are extremely proud to be involved in and we would like to thank the Minister for his on-going support of this wonderful one night event. We hope that Culture Night on September 21st will encourage people to get into the habit of exploring the fantastic cultural facilities and opportunities that you'll find in every community in Ireland.”
Temple Bar Cultural Trust works in close conjunction working with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on collaborating with a range of arts organisations, community projects and multicultural groups for Culture Night every year. A range of special events will take place across indoor and outdoor venues on the night ensuring Culture Night is open to as diverse an audience range as possible, making it an inclusive cultural experience for all citizens.
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Culture Night will take place in the following regions on Friday September 21st: Down, Belfast, Armagh, Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cloughjordan, Cork City, Cork County, Derry-Londonderry, Letterkenny, An Ghaeltacht, Galway City, Galway County, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Louth, Limerick City, Limerick County, Mayo, Navan, Offaly, Roscommon, South Tipperary, North Tipperary, Sligo, Strabane District, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.
To help visitors move around Dublin City on Culture Night Dublin Bus will provide free Culture Night Dublin Buses.
The success of Culture Night has led to the introduction of First Thursdays Dublin. A Temple Bar Cultural Trust initiative, FTD brings together art galleries, cultural and creative spaces on the first Thursday of every month - by sharing the same late-night opening times - offering members of the public extra opportunities to visit exhibitions, attend events and experience late-night culture and at no extra cost.