Coordination & Development Services for Culture Night 2016

Coordination & Development Services for Culture Night 2016

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 5.30pm

Culture Night is an initiative led by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DAHG) and is a unique and special occasion that gives people the chance to visit venues and experience culture that may not normally be on offer. Not only does the event encourage people to try new things and take in the cultural venues around them, but it helps create a sense of community and belonging.  

On Culture Night, key artistic and cultural organisations in participating towns and cities, extend their opening hours to provide the public with increased free access to the various collections, workshops and other events hosted by the organisations.  

The Culture Night initiative was launched in 2006 to provide a new and imaginative way for people from all walks of life to participate in cultural life. The event captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations and in view of its success, DAHG decided to extend the concept to all towns, cities and counties across Ireland in 2008.  This expansion proved hugely successful and Culture Night has grown year on year since then with the 2015 event encompassing over 2,000 events in 1,300 venues across 40 locations throughout the island of Ireland making it the biggest and most extensive Culture Night to date.  

In 2015, DAHG and Dublin City Council (DCC) ran separate tenders for Culture Night: one for the national coordinator and one for the coordinator of Dublin-based events. It has now been decided to have a single tender process to fill the role of both national and Dublin coordinator for Culture Night 2016. 

It is hoped to build on the success of Culture Night to date, to further enhance and develop the initiative for 2016 and beyond.  Accordingly, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht now wishes to invite tenders for the co-ordination, development, promotion and marketing of Culture Night 2016 which will take place on Friday 16th September 2016.

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