Success of Culture Night must be extended – Tóibín
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on the Arts, Peadar Tóibín TD, has commended the continued success of Culture Night which has turned into highlight of Ireland’s cultural calendar by allowing hundreds of thousands of Irish people access to cultural events and venues throughout the state. However, Deputy Tóibín has said that the government should consider looking at ways at improving access in a year round fashion to young people.
The Meath West TD said:
“Culture Night is a terrific initiative and brings towns and cities alive. There is a palpable atmosphere of excitement and exploration on the streets on this night every year and it is a tremendous way of opening up the arts to the wider public.
“Culture Night is now in its 13th year and its success is down to those working in the arts as well as legions of volunteers who give their free time and energy to this night. Hundreds of thousands of people are given insight into a world of culture. The beauty is in the variety of events which are on offer, offering a unique glimpse into the craft and love that underpin the creative field.
“With over 3,000 events this year, this will be the biggest Culture Night programme to date. These are spread out throughout the state with an array of largely family-friendly events on show. This includes tours of museums, galleries, workshops, exhibitions to dramas, dance, design - you name it.
“However, the government should consider looking at ways at improving access in a year round fashion to young people. For very little cost to the state the government could extend free access to young people a number of times of year.
“Today, I would urge everyone to check out the Culture Night website and see what’s happening in their locality. This is an exciting opportunity to experience the arts in an intimate and unique way – and all free of charge.”