With the support of the National Campaign for the Arts, Culture Night organisers invite artists across artforms and sectors to join us for a conversation on artists’ essential contribution to and participation in Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir.
Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir has grown from a small-scale initiative for cultural organisations, first staged in Dublin in 2006, to a significant annual, all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. The initiative has captured the public imagination and its success has been propelled by the enthusiasm of cultural organisations, communities and artists. Culture Night will return with its 15th edition on Friday 18 September 2020 with a blended programme of online and offline events, running from 4pm till late.
Culture Night is an initiative of Dublin City Council (Temple Bar Cultural Trust) and became a national event with the support from the then Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht from 2008 onward. In late 2019, responsibility for steering and funding Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir on a national level was transferred to the Arts Council.
Culture Night is endorsing the Arts Council’s Paying the Artist policy and has issued guidelines referring to this new policy (published February 2020) to ensure any discrepancies in remuneration to artists engaged for Culture Night activities is addressed We also recognise that artists have voluntarily participated in Culture Night, such as opening their studios. As Culture Night enters a new phase of development, we want to open a conversation with artists to discuss the involvement and evolution of artists’ participation in Culture Night, to listen to ideas and address any concerns.
We are keen to open a dialogue with artists directly on how Culture Night can better serve them and provide a platform for their respective talents.