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Culture Night provides a terrific opportunity for families to sample aspects of Irish culture and heritage. This extraordinary night of cultural festivities has grown each year since its inception in 2006 with inspiring commitment from local authorities, cultural organisations and participants throughout the country. There is a diverse programme of performances, events and exhibitions available to the public.


Culture Night 2021 


Culture Night 2021


Culture Night 2021 will take place on Friday 17th September 2021. Further information on online and live events will be available over the coming weeks.



Culture Night 2020 


Donegal County Council Culture Division presented their 12th annual programme of events for Culture Night, the all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. On Culture Night 2020, Friday 18th September, events took place both in Letterkenny and online.


We invited people of all ages  to take time out to explore the richness and joy of Irish culture and heritage. In response to the restrictions posed by the on-going Covid 19 pandemic, this year's programme was presented in both physical and online events allowing for people at home and abroad to connect with Donegal culture.


We are delighted that the inimitable Donegal playwright, performer and musician Little John Nee represents us as our county Ambassador for 2020. He had this to say about his role.


"I am happy for this opportunity to do what I love doing; celebrating Donegal artists and the beautiful odd way we go about things in this beautiful odd place".


Online event highlights included:


Biodiversity in Your Back Garden

For Culture Night, Donegal County Council’s Culture Division commissioned a series of short videos of ways in which you can care for the nature on your doorstep or the biodiversity in your back garden.  Featured local gardens and experts include Liz and Ralph Sheppard on their farm at Carnowen House, Raphoe; Elizabeth Temple at Salthill Gardens, Mountcharles;   George McDermot, Buncrana Town Gardener; Joanne Butler at OURganic, Gort a’ Choirce and Angus Kennedy of Nature North West, Ramelton.


Mockingbird Theatre

Featuring Anne Gallagher and Ronan Carr, Mockingbird Theatre presents a short (back and sideways) film – The Final Cut -  about two barbers who reunite for one last haircut during the Lockdown Crisis - proving that we are never truly apart from the one we love. Written and directed by Ronan Carr


Where I'm From

 A short piece documenting this transatlantic youth writers workshop facilitated by Donegal County Council Cultural Services who worked with Chicago based Young Chicago Authors (YCA) and young people from Donegal Youth Service, the KidsOwn young writers group and young people from the YCA summer artistic internship program.  



Live event highlights included:


Donegal County Museum present the 'Railways of County Donegal' exhibition

Which featured the photographs of A M Davies, who travelled the lines around County Donegal during the 1950's and 1960's.


The Regional Cultural Centre’s exhibition on plastics – Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It –  featured newly created artworks by Ed Devane, as well as an exhibition of new work by painter Liz Doyle and Wild Swans: ‘Forgotten Places’ Online Exhibition .They also screened the RCC Sessions, aLate night music broadcaster where Paul McDevitt and Jimmy Stafford curate a selection of specially filmed live sets by a host of their local favourites. Featuring Maria McCormack, Jonathan Smeaton, Sheerbuzz, Mark Black and Without Willow.


An Grianán Theatre were pleased to host the first performances of a new comic drama by Louise Conaghan – The Morrigan – while the Central Library presented Jessica Harkin’s Family Magic Show as well as a series of special guided tours of the Library’s unique Donegal Studies section.   


Full Programme and Information:

Culture Night programme 2020


Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Donegal County Council (Culture Division).


Is í an Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta a dhéanann comhordú ar an Oíche Chultúir, i gcomhpháirt le Comhairle Chontae Dhún na nGall (Rannán Cultúir).






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