Captivating Culture Night to take over late-night Dublin once again

by Padraig Conlon

Culture Night returns to Dublin this month when, once again, local venues will open their doors for loads of exciting free late-night entertainment.

The theme for this year’s event is “Wrap Up in Culture” and tens of thousands are expected to attend on Friday September 20th.

Now in its fourteenth year, Culture Night Dublin 2019 is the biggest programme to date with over 300 venues hosting over 500 events for both locals and visitors to enjoy.

This year, festival goers can watch a film at an outdoor cinema in the Digital Hub, attend Dublin Flea Night Market or take in an exhibition “Time As Form”, a collection of works by asylum seekers and refugee artists.

Ireland’s newest museum, the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), will also officially open its doors for the first time at 5pm on the day.

The National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks will once more be hosting RTE’s flagship Culture Night event.


Historic Clarke Square at Collins Barracks will light up as RTE presents an evening of free live family entertainment from 7.30pm to 10pm, featuring a mix of live music, spoken word, dance and performances.

The line-up features both established and emerging Irish artists, and special guests, in the company of the RTEConcert Orchestra.

Singer Lisa Hannigan will be performing at the Irish Museum of Modern Art while Artistic Liberties will tell the story of the historic Liberties area through photographs.


Irish language events will also take place which include tours of Conradh na Gaeilge and an evening of Irish set and Ceili dancing lessons and trad music at Aras Chronain Ionad Cultuir in Clondalkin.

Complimentary Dublin Bus routes will also be provided to bring people to their cultural destination.

Over 4,000 free events will be taking place all over the country on the night, with everything from animation and light projections to readings and open-air concerts.

Events will also be taking place in Abu Dhabi, Paris and Leeds.

Organised by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht along with arts offices, local authorities and cultural organisations, Culture Night has grown from a small-scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006, to a massive national celebration which organisers say was attended by over 400,000 people last year.


Ray Yeates, Dublin City Arts Office, has the following advice to festival goers planning on attending Culture Night Dublin 2019.

“Seek out the culture around every corner, as you chart your own path through the city’s different cultural quarters,” he said.

“Encounter show-stopping spectacle, learn about hidden histories, dabble in different workshops and embark on thrilling tours.

“Wherever your interests lie, the Culture Night programme has something to offer.”

The full programme of events can be found on the Culture Night website.

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