Not just the City: Culture Night Events in Galway County

Not just the City: Culture Night Events in Galway County

Culture Night invites everyone across Galway county to join in a national day of celebration on Friday 22nd September. Discover the exciting programme of events here...

An exciting and magical programme of over 40 events is happening in towns and villages across the county and all are completely free due to support from the Galway County Council Arts Office and the Arts Council. Culture Night will bring communities together to revel in the vibrancy and diversity of culture in the county.

"Culture Night is a huge evening for the Arts Office with so many events to choose from all across the county," says Sharon O’Grady, Galway County Arts Officer. "Our venues and amazing culture groups have come out in force again this year so we will be encouraging everyone to take part and support all venues and fabulous free events happening in their communities."

Multiple events including music, theatre, spectacle, visual arts, poetry, printmaking, photography, crafts and storytelling for all ages are happening throughout the day and late into the evening in a location near you including Abbeyknockmoy, Athenry, Ballinasloe, Ballinderreen, Barna, Ceann Áras Fibín, Clarinbridge, Clifden, Gort, Headford, Inishbofin, Inverin, Loughrea, Newbridge, Oranmore, Roundstone and Tuam.

Step into the enchanting world of Macnas as they lead a captivating walk with Crom in Athenry. This mesmerising spectacle, in collaboration with the Galway County Arts Office and Athenry Heritage and Arts Centre, promises an immersive journey filled with visual delights and auditory wonders, transporting attendees into a realm of imagination and creativity. Bring the whole family out for an evening of culture and don't forget to visit The Old Barracks for breakfast, lunch, salads, sambos, coffee and pastries or pop across the road to their sister-restaurant, Stone House Pizza Bar, for delicious wood-fired pizza, cocktails and their own beer!

Celebrate the rich heritage and vibrant culture of the Traveller community at Ballinasloe Town Hall Theatre. Engage in photo exhibitions, workshops, showcases and performances, offering an authentic glimpse into Traveller culture.

Allow Sonic Strings, a dynamic teenage orchestra from Coole Music and Arts, to guide you along the scenic Gort River Walk with harmonious melodies that create an absolutely enchanting ambiance.

At Tuam Family Centre, experience a cross-cultural celebration as musicians from North Africa weave their melodies with the enchanting verses of Farsi Poetry.

Discover traditional craftsmanship at Gort Library, where artisan designers showcase activities from Aran stitching to felting, crochet and quilting, celebrating the artistry of these time-honored techniques.

Embark on a bilingual night of music and sean-nós singing in Loughrea at Leabharlann Bhaile Locha Riach, led by Professor Lillis Ó Laoire.

Celebrate Athenry's vibrant cultural scene with captivating performances, culminating in ‘Lucht Siuil,’ a poignant tale from the Traveller Community.

Whether an arts enthusiast or new explorer, Culture Night offers a dynamic programme for all, weaving a tapestry of diverse stories, talents, and traditions. Don't miss the opportunity to join this national celebration on Friday, September 22nd. Embrace the beauty and power of culture night as we celebrate and connect #onenightforall

For full details of events happening for Culture Night near you visit Keep up to date via and via the Galway County Culture Night social media channels: Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

Feature photo by Julia Dunin

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