Culture Night first began back in 2006, largely contained within Temple Bar in Dublin City Centre. This year, Culture Night celebrates its 18th birthday as an all-island celebration of Irish culture. Thousands of free events are taking place tomorrow night, Friday 22nd September, all over the country.
Culture night brings people of ages together, bridging the gap between generations while creating a sense of belonging and community. It is a wonderful night to experience something new or to reengage with your local community, especially if you have been feeling reluctant to participate since the pandemic. Many older individuals feel detached from our rapidly changing society and we have noticed that the ‘Covid hangover’ still looms and is discouraging our members from attending social gatherings. Culture Night can help foster a sense of pride and belonging as the nation celebrates Irish customs and traditions.
Culture night offers a diverse range of activities that cater to different interests and prides itself on being a free, accessible and age-friendly night of festivities. The night often includes workshops, demonstrations, and talks where people can learn new skills or deepen their knowledge about various cultural aspects. Such performances and explorations are taking place in art centres, community centres, libraries, cafes and multiple public spaces showcasing art, music, spoken word, comedy, film, theatre and the list goes on…
Access to cultural activities in local communities and villages is a key part of this year’s programme and you can find out what’s on in your local area by clicking HERE.
Some events may require booking so make sure there are tickets available before you make the trip to the local community centre. And most importantly, everyone at the ISCP wishes you a truly magical night!