Once a year in September, all over Ireland, arts and cultural organisations, venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Galleries, Museum & Library, open late with special events and workshops to promote public engagement with creativity and the Arts.
Culture Night has grown from a small scale cultural event, staged in Dublin in 2006, into a significant national cultural event, attracting 350,000 visitors to museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the country. It’s a wonderful initiative, with events to cater for all age-groups and cultural tastes, putting our island’s creative heritage front and centre for 24 hours for everyone to enjoy.
This year, I’ll be travelling to Galway to take part in the Over The Edge Culture Night Event at Kenny’s Bookshop (6pm), hosted by Kevin Higgins and Susan Millar DuMars – reading one of my poems from this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Competition, along with other long-listed writers and poets – and also judging the Open Mic section of the evening, with prizes for the best readers!
As Scotland takes to the polls today and awaits news of the Referendum results, there may also be a Scots poem or two to mark the occasion!
If you’re in Galway, do come along – do a turn at the open mic or simply enjoy the readings. It’s sure to be a lot of fun!
For the full programme of events taking place on Culture Night, across Ireland, go to www.culturenight.ie.