Initially started in Dublin in 2005, Culture Night has become one of the biggest, best and most varied cultural events in the calendar. From 5pm onwards on Culture Night museums, galleries, historic buildings, artist’s studios and other cultural venues all over Ireland remain open, offering free tours, exhibitions, readings, performances and films.

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Culture Night 2020

The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) and Clare Arts Office will premiere, online and offline, a newly commissioned audio-visual film installation, Duala, by Jack Talty and Maurice Gunning to mark Culture Night 2020. Drawing on the concept of place as creative impetus, the piece explores the ways in which memory and landscape influence identity-formation.

Although a universal and global phenomenon, Duala explores and expresses local place and identity through the prism of Irish traditional music and song, combining archival footage of music and musicians from County Clare with interweaving original music and videography.

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Join the Registry of Deeds for a virtual tour delving into their records for a night of ‘Property and Poetry’. Explore Memorials that are connected with some of Ireland’s famous and loved poets such as Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats. Hear recitals of their poetry, witness original signatures and discover the information that can be found in these Memorials about the poets’ lives. Register here for the event.

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In lieu of being able to provide public access to 45 Merrion Square on Culture Night 2020, the Irish Architectural Archive will provide online access to a short series of lectures produced in conjunction with the Buildings of Ireland Charitable Trust to mark the publication of the two most recent volumes in the Buildings of Ireland series. More info here.

In addition there is online access to one of the Archive’s current exhibitions, Summarising Cities: European Squares and their Histories. Drone pictures by Cătălin D. Constantin. More info here.

Finally, the exhibition spaces in 45 Merrion Square are open to the public from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Fridays. You can enjoy the European Squares exhibition and Samburu Stores: Communicating Architecture in the Climate Emergency, an exploration of vernacular architecture in Kenya curated by Dr Samantha Martin McAuliffe and students from the School of Architecture, UCD. Access is free, and while you need an appointment to use the reading room, you don’t to visit the exhibitions.

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The National Archives (NAI) will premiere online a video which will take you behind the scenes of this national institution, showing among other features, records being repaired in its conservation studio and where the nation’s records are stored, in addition to providing guidance from a professional genealogist to help you to explore your family tree using our rich holdings. See here for more information.

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Culture Night 2020 is on Friday 18th September, 2020. 

If you are planning an event for Culture Night which relates to our sector, and wish to have it listed here, please contact

ARA Ireland Communications Officer Niamh Ní Charra at niamhnicharra@gmail.com