MARK Friday, September 21 down in your diary, as Culture Night returns to Limerick for a fifth year.
Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD has officially launched the nationwide night of culture, which encourages local cultural institutions and bodies to throw open the doors of their venues and invite the public inside for free.
Free concerts, walking tours, drop-in workshops, poetry, film and theatre events are all par for the course, while the National Chamber Choir will perform a concert in St Mary’s Cathedral as well as hosting a workshop during the evening.
Culture Night has gone from strength to strength in Limerick, attracting hundreds out to cultural institutions in the city, who extend their opening hours and admission is free of charge and the varied programme offers a cultural form to appeal to all tastes.
An extensive programme has been put in place locally which will be officially launched in September, but Limerick city arts officer Sheila Deegan says it is a “great night”.
“It is the fifth year and it is a great night,” she explained. “Last year we did some research and got reaction from people as to why they came out and what they came to see. Most people felt that the night was an opportunity for them to see what exactly it is in their city.
“Often people are very busy and don’t have the time to get out, so people put this date in their diary and take the opportunity to get everyone out,” she added.
“You will always see generations of people - parents with buggies, right up to grandparents - out together on the night.”
Minister Deenihan said that Culture Night “plays a critical role in terms of increasing and improving the public’s access to culture and the arts”.
“It is a night for people of all ages to sample and connect with the cultural delights in their area and remind them that these venues are open all year round,” he added.