Open Call for 2024 and 19th Culture Night Kerry

The arts department at Kerry County Council has put out a call for this September’s Culture Night which will celebrate the arts throughout the county and its 19 year.

Plans are already underway for the annual Culture Night Kerry which will take place this year on Friday, September 20 and proposals are sought for events across Kerry.

Now in its 19th. year, Culture Night is a key moment in the national calendar that celebrates the richness and diversity of culture in Ireland today; connecting people to cultural activities locally and nationally and opening up pathways to ongoing engagement.

Culture Night is developed by the Arts Council of Ireland in partnership with local authorities and many other organisations and individuals.

 On Friday 20 September Ireland will become a cultural playground where everyone is invited to seek out culture around every corner.

Doors Open Late

Doors to museums, theatres and galleries will open late. Special events will be programmed at participating locations and, thanks to the continued support of the Arts Council as well as local authorities such as Kerry County Council, all activities are made available to the public free of charge.

Culture Night is One Night for All. It invites everyone, everywhere, on one night to discover and celebrate all that our culture is today.Last year over 1.2 million people engaged with 1,700 Culture Night events across Ireland. Culture Night Late supported 19 flagship events across the country in 2023.

LATE at Gallarus Oratory

Each event began after 9pm and continued to late into the night. LATE at Gallarus Oratory in Dingle was one of the events supported and was a national highlight of the programme. Crowds gathered under the September night sky to see Vienna-based artist, Tim Schmelzer, bring to life the historic monument with a 15minute light show.

The Arts Office in Kerry County Council aim to build on the successes of 2023 and hope for another vibrant programme of events for Culture Night 2024.

Range of Audience Types

For 2024, the Arts Office wish to encourage more inclusive and innovative arts events suitable for a range of audience types.

The following list shows the wide range of people and institutions that help make Culture Night happen each year and who will hopefully again consider making an application for Culture Night 2024; the public, artists, performing groups, galleries, museums, sports clubs, libraries, arts centres, craft workers, studios and workshops, theatres, public spaces, broadcasters, schools, community groups, local authorities, government departments, state agencies and public bodies, transport companies, universities, shops and many more.

Get in Touch

Culture Night Kerry is funded by Kerry County Council and the Arts Council and supported by Creative Ireland Kerry. The Arts Office is asking for anyone interested in organising an event for Culture Night Kerry to get in touch at or visit the website to submit a proposal online.

Deadline for submissions is 5pm Tuesday 4 June 2024.

A Collaborative Experience

Culture Night is a collaborative experience with an emphasis on opening doors, welcoming people into new spaces and the discovery of different experiences. The Arts Council’s #PayTheArtist policy is being highlighted in terms of participation to ensure that artists who are invited to perform and participate are paid. If making an application, ensure all creatives and performers are supported.

Further information about Culture Night is available at

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