The eighth edition of Culture Night takes place on Friday 20 September in towns and cities across Ireland, with nearly 200 venues in Dublin joining in and staying open late.
The capital's Culture on the Move initiative includes students from the Dublin School of Flamenco performing on the Red Luas tramline; classical and traditional music on the Green Luas line; and storytelling on Dublin Bus.
Also new this year is the city's Family Culture Trail aimed at children of all ages who can see 12 places in a new light, with all locations enlivened with activities and themed events. There are also lots of outdoor performances, with most of the action happening in Temple Bar.
Highlights of Dublin's Culture Night include a backstage glimpse at the Abbey Theatre; creating a blind-folded mural at the Alliance Francaise; non-stop theatre, music and poetry in the James Joyce room at Bewley's Café; writing workshops at the Big Smoke Writing Factory; Irish language sessions at Comhluadar; a tour around Croke Park stadium; free dance classes at Dance Ireland; special tours at the National Gallery, National Library and National Library; meditation workshops at Sahaja Yoga; make yourself heard at Speaker's Corner in Temple Bar; listen to the Boys of the Palestrina Choir sing at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral; view the works of T.P. Flanagan at the Taylor Galleries; and get your photograph taken through the teeth of a shark at the Zoological Museum.
Full details can be found on the Culture Night website and there is also a Culture Night app available to download from the App Store. Dublin Bus is providing free buses that night between 18.00 and 23.00, along three culture trails. Buses leave every 20 minutes from Bachelor’s Walk, Aston Quay and Trinity College.
Culture Night was launched in 2006 in Dublin by Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) and has grown each year since then, attracting over 160,000 people last year in Dublin alone.