Catch A Little Culture As Ireland’s Annual Nocturnal Cultural Extravaganza Returns

Friday night – home from work, a glass of wine and hours spent trying to find something to watch on Netflix? Or maybe it’s a night of your head stuck in your phone or tablet, scrolling through Instagram and looking at all things you could be out enjoying.

This September 21st Culture Night is calling on people across Ireland to get out and enjoy some of the 4,000+ events happening in all four corners of the country. All for FREE!

Grab a friend, maybe someone who hasn’t experienced Culture Night before, and lose yourself in the explosion of colour and creativity that is Ireland’s annual nocturnal extravaganza.

From Donegal to Wexford, Kerry to Louth, the country will vibrate to the rhythm of dancers, musicians, poets, actors, artists, storytellers and more. The programme for this, the thirteenth Culture Night, was revealed today and is now available on

Culture is catching and each year Culture Night brings people together to create unique shared experiences and memories. From generations of families consuming and exploring new night-time adventures to groups of friends visiting venues in towns, cities and beyond to enjoy cultural genres they might never have before.

With 4,000+ events taking place across the country and more to be added in the coming weeks, Culture Night is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. This year organisers are hoping to build on last year’s phenomenal turnout of over 400,000 people nationwide coming out to savour the best of Irish contemporary culture.

As ever Culture Night will be online and the culturally curious are encouraged to explore the website this year with added features to plan their Culture Night adventures and routes in advance. New this year will be the Culture Night Podcast, a series of special podcast episodes with contributions from familiar faces and emerging talents in Ireland’s cultural sphere.

Produced in association with Headstuff Podcast Network, the podcasts will delve into different facets of culture and the arts, with some leading thinkers, doers and makers exploring the ways in which our cultural heritage enhances our experiences. Episodes will be available to download across all platforms and from on the morning of Friday 21st September, helping to whet the appetite for all the fun-filled activity that lies ahead that night.

Once again RTÉ partners with Culture Night to deliver remarkable performance and experiences across the evening. The famous, flagship “Dublin Castle gig” is crossing the river this year and it’s breaking all kinds of new ground. Between the commanding granite walls of the historic Collins Barracks, a gigantic, free open-air concert will bring the very best of Ireland’s emerging and established artists to stage alongside the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

The concert will be presented by Sean Rocks and broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena from 8pm to 10pm. Visitors to Collins Barracks can also have the chance to be part of the studio audience for live recordings of a plethora of arts and culture programmes for RTÉ Radio 1 at the Palatine Room including Sunday Miscellany, Culture Cabinet and some brand new pilot radio programmes.

The fun of Culture Night will spill onto the streets of the capital city, with a diverse outdoor programme bringing the magic of Culture Night to a number of public spaces. The Vengabus is coming – Attention Bébé are bringing major party vibes to Meeting House Square with a high-octane set of their patented big-band covers of 90s hits.

Nestled between Dame Street and Dublin Castle, Barnardo Square will be transformed with projections and pop-up performances throughout the evening including a selection of short films from Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland. Buried right in the heart of the civic offices on Wood Quay The Amphitheatre open-air stage area will come alive with pop-up performances throughout the evening.

Exploring the cultural side of Dublin by foot, bike or bus is made easy with nearly 30 Culture Night Tours which include the Dublin Busking Experience, DoDublin Ghostbus Tour, Learning the Liberties and Dublin Ghost Signs Tours, unravelling stories from Dublin’s past by looking up at its old signs.

Cultural audiences in the capital can travel with a ‘cultural edge’ on the night thanks to transport partners Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail. Dublin Bus will provide FREE buses every 20 minutes starting on Bachelor’s Walk, Pearse Street, Aston Quay and Eden Quay bringing visitors to and from their favourite cultural quarters.

In Cork, Bus Éireann will provide three complimentary bus routes to cater for those on the cultural hunt and Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail is offering 100 family passes for travel on Culture Night.

The full programme of events and participating venues for Culture Night 2018 is now available on