Reimagining Culture Night this year has "been a challenge", according to the national coordinator of the event.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Aimée Van Wylick said that it was also a huge opportunity to play a valuable role this year in terms of re-socialising audiences, artists and organisations as the country emerges from the impact of Covid-19.

Ms Van Wylick explained there will be a blended approach of online and offline events this year.

She said people can decide if they would like to experience events, in a safe way, outside or online.

Each year on Culture Night culture institutions and organisations across Ireland open doors and welcome the public in a nationwide celebration.

The majority of museums and galleries will be open this year.

Ms Van Wylick explained that 140 venues in Dublin are registered to take part and around 30% of these will be open for visitors.

She said the approach to physical events will be very different this year and people will have to book in advance this year.

Ms Van Wylick added that there will also be international online events with programming from New York, Berlin, London and Paris, in addition to events around the country. 

She said an online experience is incomparable to the live one, but that it is important to remember that the art sector has kept people entertained over the last couple of months and that it is important to continue the sector.

Culture Night takes place on Friday 18 September from 4pm until late.