The Arts Council is committed to presenting a reimagined programme for Culture Night 2020. We will celebrate and highlight our creative community nationwide, while acknowledging the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts and cultural
sector. Culture Night will take place on Friday 18 September 2020 online, via www.culturenight.ie, offline and broadcast on RTÉ.
Culture Night is a key opportunity to endorse change in how we connect, reconnect and reimagine how arts and culture can help us thrive in these turbulent times; by experimenting with physically distanced events and allowing people to engage with Culture
Night while at home and abroad.
An important focus for us is inclusion in the arts and paying the artist, underpinned by our policy in Equality, Human Rights and Diversity. In
partnership with Children’s Books Ireland, we will distribute gift packages of new books by leading Irish authors to hundreds of children in family hubs, direct provision centres and DEIS schools across Ireland. We are also highlighting other Culture
Night projects around the country with a commitment to equality, human rights and diversity;
The Welcoming Project by dance artist Catherine Young who has been collaborating with residents in direct provision centres in Kerry since 2015. View here
The Thinking on Tuam residency is a series of conversations curated by writer Oein DeBhairduin engaging with the Traveller Cant language as part of Creative Places Tuam. View here
Declare and Protest are songs of protest sung by young artists and performers and created by Tallaght Community Arts and Alternative Entertainments at Pearse Museum in Dublin. View here
Outlandish Theatre Platform will screen film portraits in Dublin of five women (WoW Awardees 2020) who are fighters for gender equality and social justice in Ireland. View here
Pal, a short film by Shane O’Reilly is the story of Sal, a 50-something deaf woman living alone during this unprecedented period of self-isolation and confinement. View here
Additionally, while we can’t welcome the public into the building this year to view the Collection, we will go online with works by and interviews
with artists Benjamin de Burca & Barbara Wagner, Salvatore of Lucan, Áine Phillips and Doireann O’Malley to mark our proud tradition of purchasing and supporting ambitious work that both engages with and reflects contemporary Irish society.
Fundamental to all work funded by the Arts Council is fair and equitable remuneration of artists, outlined in our Paying the Artist Policy.
We thank all of those who have worked extra hard this year to make Culture Night 2020 happen.
For more information see culturenight.ie
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