Minister Madigan outlines measures to develop Night-Time Cultural Life

  • Night-time Culture Pilot Groups in Dublin and Cork
  • Mapping of venues for night-time culture around Ireland
  • Development of Night-Time Cultural Policy

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan has announced a series of measures to further support night-time cultural activity in Ireland. The plans were outlined to Cabinet at its July meeting in Glencolmcille in Donegal.

In April, Minister Madigan held a forum with key stakeholders to start the discussion on the key issues affecting night-time culture in Ireland. There was a wide range of attendees from across Ireland including representatives of local authorities, national cultural institutions, as well as leaders from the creative, business and night-time entertainment communities.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is set to establish Pilot Night-Time Culture Groups in Dublin and Cork. Each group will comprise of a small number of representatives of the creative and arts communities, the entertainment and business sectors, the local authority and the Gardai. The members will be tasked with proposing practical locally-based initiatives to improve night-time culture in their city as well as identifying changes required at a national level.

The work of the pilot groups will be feed into a National Night-Time Culture Steering Committee, which will have representatives of the Departments of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. The Committee will support the development of night-time culture by tackling the regional and local issues identified by the pilot groups.

This work will also culminate in the development of Ireland’s first Night-Time Cultural Policy.

Finally, the Department will oversee a national survey of venues for night-time cultural activity, which will identify current venue use, possible improvements and also gaps in the venue network.

Minister Madigan commented, “Night time can be a very special time, one that can be full of creativity, unique energy and endless possibilities. Some of the most fun and exciting cultural and creative activities can and do happen at night time.”

“Many EU and US cities have started to value and nurture nightlife and creative and cultural activity at night. Whether it’s the appointment of Night Mayors in cities like London or initiatives like Museum Night, social and cultural activity after dark is appreciated and supported in a meaningful way.”

“In the coming months we will be undertaking a number of initiatives to ensure the full potential of night-time cultural activity in Irish cities and towns is realised. I look forward to receiving the proposals of the two pilot groups in Dublin and Cork and the night-time venue survey. This important work will be supported at a national level by Government and I look forward to preparing Ireland’s first night-time culture policy.”

“I particularly want to thank the wide range of stakeholders who are working with us on this exciting project.”

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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