Tonight marks the eighth annual Culture Night across the country with 34 regions, towns and cities taking part in a variety of free cultural and artistic events.
Music, dance, theatre, spoken word, literature, visual art, tours, workshops and exhibitions are all part of this year's programme, with details available at: www.culturenight.ie.
To mark the occasion RTÉ Radio One are hosting a three hour Arena Special live from Dublin’s Temple Bar which will feature the RTÉ Concert Orchestra as well as Julie Feeney, O Emperor, The Walls and Lunasa. The event kicks off at 7pm with host Sean Rocks acting as MC for the event.
A specially-commissioned work from contemporary Irish composer Stephen Gardner, performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will also feature as well as comedy trio The Nualas and a performance of plays written by the late Maeve Binchy.
Also featured on the night are outside broadcasts from Cork, Limerick and Galway.
Culture Night was launched last month by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan who said: "Culture Night provides a terrific opportunity for families to sample aspects of Irish Culture and Heritage which might be new to them.
"The National Cultural institutions all remain open late for this night: it is all about participation and celebrating and becoming familiar with our own culture and venues, which are on our doorstep but some of which we may never have visited previously."