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Here's what's unmissable during Dublin's free Culture Night in September

If you’re heading to Ireland in September, you might just be lucky enough catch Culture Night, the country’s annual free cultural extravaganza. Taking place on the evening of Friday 22 September, it showcases the vibrant arts and creative scene across the country. The Irish capital Dublin is hosting a particularly diverse and exciting programme of events that will see museums, galleries, cathedrals, studios, libraries, parks, government buildings, theatres and more throwing open their doors late into the night for free events.

Ireland’s Culture Night takes place on September 22nd. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

In addition, to make it easier to get around, there will be a free bus service every 20 minutes from Dublin city centre bringing visitors to and from their favourite cultural quarters.

Highlights of Culture Night 2017 in Dublin

National broadcaster RTÉ Radio 1 is hosting a live broadcast in the company of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in the upper courtyard of Dublin Castle. Celebrating all aspects of Irish culture, the historic walls of the castle will reverberate with music, comedy, poetry and theatre. Attendees can also enjoy a number of talks, workshops and live radio recordings.

Ireland’s Culture Night takes place on 22 September. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Sing Along Social in Civic Amphitheatre

The Sing Along Social is a zero-commitment choir that is designed for people who can’t really sing. It’s for the singers who were told to mime in other choirs for being off-key. You don’t need to practice or even need to know the words. It’s about all people singing along to songs in the company of friends and strangers. And if you’re the next Beyoncé, you’re welcome too!

Silent Film and Storytelling at Christ Church Cathedral

Experience historic tours of the cathedral, music and more at Dublin’s most historic building. Explore the medieval 12th-century crypt, where storytelling will be offered. On the night there will be a silent film screening, which will be accompanied by the cathedral organist David Bremner. There will also be a host of gourmet food stalls and live entertainment outside.

Ireland’s Culture Night takes place on 22 September. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Immersive Tour of the Irish Emigration Museum

The immersive experience is told in 20 interactive galleries and will guide visitors on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world. They will go on a tour of the museum, where they will learn about the stories and people behind the legends in the exhibition.

Cultural Tours

Exploring the cultural side of Dublin by foot, bike or bus is made easy with the Culture Night Tours. These include the Dublin Street Art tour, Dublin Bus Ghostbus tour, Women’s Museum of Ireland Tour, Instagrammers Dublin Photowalk and – intriguingly named –  The Worst Tour of Dublin.

Ireland’s Culture Night takes place on 22 September. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The full programme of events and participating venues for Culture Night 2017 is now available on www.culturenight.ie.