Culture Night is a unique evening in the national calendar where people can experience the array of cultural offerings their locality has to offer.
There will be a rich and diverse programme of free in-person and online cultural events that span layers of arts and culture running from 4pm until late on this evening.
This year’s theme will be “one night for all” with more than 30 memorable, entertaining, and insightful free events across the county.
The multitude of offerings that people can enjoy range from traditional, folk and jazz music, art, photography, heritage, storytelling, genealogy and fashion.
Last year more than 1.1 million people nationwide engaged with Culture Night, participating in , and watching, a host of artistic, dramatic or music-related events.
This year marks the fourteenth year of Culture Night in Mayo and people of all ages across the county are encouraged to take advantage of an evening of adventure and discovery.
The west of Ireland has always been a place that has inspired artists, writers, poets and creative thinkers and this will be evident next Friday.
More than 30 organisations across the county will showcase Mayo’s unique cultural life.
Regardless of where you are in the county there will be an event taking place nearby with cultural offerings planned for Achill, Ballina, Ballinrobe, Ballintubber, Ballina, Castlebar, Charlestown, Claremorris, Clogher, Ballyhaunis, Swinford and Westport.
Covid-19 meant that Culture Night events had to be moved online in previous years, but it is expected that there will be huge public demand as people can now meet in-person and enjoy the evening.
Up to 4,000 people in the county visited venues and took in events in the preceding years before the pandemic.
People of all ages are welcome to visit, engage and celebrate Culture Night as it makes its long-awaited return with events planned in libraries, galleries, community centres and parks.
There are brochures with details of dozens of free events happening on the night available from local libraries and participating venues or from Mayo County Council Arts Office.
Planned activities include family workshops, films, exhibitions, performances, craft displays, music tour, talks, quizzes, food catering offerings and much more.
Culture Night is a national moment, celebrating culture, creativity and the arts and seeks to actively promote the belief that this rich and varied culture is alive, treasured and nurtured in people’s lives, today and every day.
It is expected that there will be huge public demand this year after in-person events were cancelled for the past two years.
Culture Night is supported by the Arts Council and local authorities and delivered nationwide in cities, towns, villages and rural locations as well as online and through their media partners.