'Culture Night' is an annual all-island public event which celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year 'Culture Night' will take place on Friday, September 16th. On 'Culture Night' arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural Institutions, will extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specially programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge.
'Culture Night' has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national event it now is with some 350,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studio and cultural centres across the county. The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.
This year, as part of 'Culture Night', local arts offices are appointing an honorary ambassador to help promote the event locally both as participants and advocates for culture. In Tipperary Nora Butler has been appointed as Tipperary's 'Culture Night' ambassador.
Nora Butler is one of Ireland’s leading exponents in the art of traditional singing and has achieved five all-Ireland titles. A member of the world renowned Brú Ború group Nora has toured all over the world promoting Irish song. Nora has released two solo albums to date and has performed on numerous radio and television programmes. A native of Toomevara Nora has resided in Nenagh for many years and will participate in the Irish Music event taking place at Brú Ború in Cashel on 'Culture Night' from 8pm-10pm.
Organising groups and venues are now putting final plans in place for the thirty-two free events which are planned to take place the length and breadth of County Tipperary on Friday, September 16th next.
This annual national celebration of our culture and the arts sees cultural buildings, organisations and groups throughout the county come together to remind us of the fantastic cultural facilities and resources we have locally and invites us to take part.
With twenty-six venues participating in twelve locations across Tipperary and events ranging from the visual arts and crafts to music, film, discussion, talks, literature and puppetry there is something for everyone.
Check out the full programme of events to see what is happening near you on tipperarycoco.ie/arts/culture-night-2016 or www.culturenight.ie. The 'Culture Night' programmes are also available in all Tipperary Libraries and cultural venues and all events are free.