Get Involved

Culture Night Friday September 23rd 2022

Culture Night invites everyone, everywhere, on one joyful night to discover and celebrate all that our culture is today


The Culture Night experience is across  a wide range of sectors – culture, arts, heritage, education, hospitality, tourism, health and commercial and corporate enterprise.


Its diversity is reflected in the scope and range of events and people who participate – and it aims to continue to connect with both engaged audiences as well as extending its reach to those who may not always have access.

The following list gives a taste of the wide range of people and institutions that help make Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir happen each year: the public, artists, performing groups, galleries, museums, sports clubs, libraries, arts centres, craft workers, studios and workshops, theatres, public spaces, broadcasters, schools, community groups, local authorities, government departments, state agencies and public bodies, transport companies, universities, shops and many more.


For one night only, the island of Ireland and select international locations become YOUR free cultural playground, where you’re invited to seek out the culture around every corner.


Culture Night is brought to you by the Arts Council, in partnership with local authorities and cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland.

How can you get involved as an organiser, community group, venue or artist ?

Participation for local groups and communities is through your local Arts Office who oversees the organisation of the  programme of events in each county.

You can get in touch & share your idea by filling in the ‘expression of interest’ form below:

Please note that the Local Arts Office or National coordinator decision in relation to inclusion in the programme is final 

* Your expression of interest form will be forwarded to your Local Arts Office for review. Please note that each local Arts Office takes a different approach to programming for Culture Night and that the local Arts Office decision in relation to inclusion in the programme is final. This expression of interest form is not a funding application. Please confirm that you have read the terms of participation

Culture Night Event & Venue Criteria:

Please note that the Local Arts Office or National coordinator decision in relation to inclusion in the programme is final 


Culture Night respects, supports and ensures the inclusion of all voices and cultures that make up Ireland today, from all sections of society, from existing and new communities, and from all social backgrounds, ethnicities and traditions’** to ensure this objective

All events must embrace the following:


Be free (although groups or organisations may seek donations but access isn’t dependent on this)


Be  registered through the relevant Arts Office/local authority or the national coordinator and uploaded to the national programme/website


Embrace the Arts Council’s Pay the Artist  policy and ensure that all engaged artists and practitioners are paid, unless participating in a voluntary capacity or as part of a community group


Be open to all and seek to create a sense of community and belonging – and promote the belief that I am part of this and this is part of me.


All events must demonstrate their commitment to at least one of the following:


Reflect and enhance the definition of culture outlined in ‘what is culture Night’ and embrace openness, discovery, celebration and belonging


Clearly seek to raise awareness of a cultural experience, has an educational value, an element of discovery and opens up future pathways to engagement


Promote diversity and inclusion through the celebration of creative communities, both new and established


Seek to engage with and create opportunities for increased participation with those who may not always have easy access to events of a cultural nature, particularly, but not limited to, the following often marginalised groups


  • – asylum seekers, refugees and migrants


  • –  D/deaf culture or arts and disability;


  • –  Irish Traveller culture;


  • – those promoting  gender equality;


  • –  under-represented groups.


Celebrate the value that art, culture and creativity bring to our lives and provide a platform and exposure for cultural organisations, activities and facilities and community groups


Seek to actively promote cultural diversity, particularly intercultural encounters


Build on existing community resources and networks in order to further their cultural development and increase their reach


Recognise the value of artists’ work and embrace the Arts Council’s Pay the Artist policy


Provide a platform for creative talent in its many forms


Encourage more people to visit cultural venues and experience culture in their locality


Remind us all about the fantastic cultural facilities and resources that we have locally and nationally that we can experience year round


Open the door of a venue or organisation to the public which might otherwise be regarded as off limits at that time of year or time of day.

** Arts Councils Equality Human rights and diversity policy



Only events or venues registered with Culture Night, either through head quarters or via a local coordinator can apply Culture Night branding.

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