Culture Night – what will you see in Mayo on September 23?

Culture Night National Launch - Sinead McCoole Jackie Clarke Collection, Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan & Ann Marie McGing Mayo County Council Arts Office.

Culture Night National Launch - Sinead McCoole Jackie Clarke Collection, Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan & Ann Marie McGing Mayo County Council Arts Office.

It’s that time of year again; when cultural organisations and groups are busily preparing to throw open their door to audiences who eagerly anticipate the delights that await on September 23. The event in Mayo began in 2009 and Mayo was the first countywide Culture Night. Since then the number of participants has steadily grown and this year 25 cultural hotspots throughout County Mayo will be sharing and showcasing a wide variety of cultural events on September 23.

In the past five years Culture Night has become a national phenomenon and this year 30 regions around the country will participate in the national event. The evening provides an opportunity for audiences, cultural organisations, and groups to showcase and experience local culture while also being part of a national event. Feedback from the evening has been incredibly positive.

Friday September 23 is Culture Night 2011, and the main focus of the evening will be on access, and participating venues will extend opening hours, organise events which are free of charge and open to the public.

Planned activities range from family workshops, films, exhibitions, performances, craft displays, music sessions and workshops and guided tours of venues, talks, storytelling, poetry readings, open artists’ studios and much, much more! With almost 70 free events taking place throughout the county and catering for all ages, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy on Culture Night.

Full details on Mayo Culture Night and the programme of events are available from the Arts Office and participating groups and venues and online at www.mayococo.ie or www.culturenight.ie Contact Mayo Arts Office on 094-9024444 Ext 7558 or by e-mail [email protected]

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