Culture Night/Oíche Chultúir 2021 will take place across the country on Friday 17th September, celebrating Ireland's creative community with a rich and diverse programme of events.

After last year's virtual edition, 2021 sees live and in-person happenings returning to the forefront of the occasion - find a Culture Night event near you here.

The Culture Night line-up features thousands of events spanning layers of arts and culture, from architecture to comedy, circus to dance, film to literature, museums to music, heritage to sport and science to fashion - as usual, RTÉ Culture will provide a wealth of content to mark the occasion.

RTÉ will once once again partner with Culture Night to bring specially commissioned performances and themed programming and reports across the evening, with a few surprises along the way.

On television, RTÉ One will celebrate with a very special edition of Nationwide, joining arts groups and communities around the country to see just what they're planning. As the country comes together once again to celebrate arts and culture - both in-person and virtual - the Nationwide Culture Night Special will bring stories of ambition, persistence and joy from arts communities who have struggled and triumphed in the last year, along with highlights from their Culture Night plans. Later in the evening, The Late Late Show will celebrate Culture Night with a specially commissioned opening performance.

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Watch: Revisit Culture Night with RTÉ at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, from 2019

Maureen Kennelly, Arts Council Director said "To come together again, in our communities and in our cultural organisations, to celebrate all that makes up the richness and diversity of culture in Ireland today, is an important shared collective experience and especially so at this time. As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, this one joyful night is a celebration, a discovery and a reminder of cultural and creative experiences that continue to be available to us year round."

Culture Night 2021 takes place on Friday 17th September, 2021 - find out more here.