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03rd Nov 2023

Arts Council announces funding for 14 late night arts centres as part of new events scheme

Fiona Frawley

late night funding arts council

The initiative intends to diversify late-night activities and welcome new audiences into existing cultural spaces.

The Arts Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media have announced funding of €723,407 for 14 arts centres to open their doors into the night.

This is part of the wider Late-Night Events Pilot Scheme, created in a bid to support night-time arts activities, encourage new partnerships, and ensure fair payment for artists and creative workers.

The 14 arts centres that received funding are:

  • Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
  • RUA RED, Dublin
  • Complex Arts Centre, Dublin
  • The Donegal Regional Cultural Centre
  • The Dock, Leitrim
  • Droichead Arts Centre, Louth
  • Backstage Theatre, Longford
  • Galway Arts Centre
  • The Lime Tree Belltable, Limerick
  • The Model, Sligo
  • An Táin Arts Centre, Louth
  • The Everyman Theatre, Cork
  • Waterford Theatre Royal Society
  • Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow

Minister for Arts and Tourism Catherine Martin TD believes the scheme will make the arts more accessible for a wider audience. “Through the extension and diversification of our later night cultural activities, it will also provide opportunities for new and exciting work partnerships, encourage new audiences into existing cultural facilities and make the arts more accessible. It will also seek to identify and address any challenges which venues may associate with staying open late,” she said.

Meanwhile, Director of the Arts Council Maureen Kennelly said the plans proposed by the relevant arts centres will “provide tantalising experiences for audiences and artists alike”.

Header image via Instagram/Galway Arts Centre


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