Minister Martin has awarded €620,000 to support 220 night-time events in 51 museums and galleries across the country as part of the After Hours at the Museum Grant Scheme.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D., has today allocated awards of just over €620,000 to museums and galleries under the After Hours at the Museum Grant Scheme announced earlier this year. The program’s goal is to help museums and galleries stay open longer by organising creative events that enable visitors to take advantage of a more varied evening in our towns and cities all over the nation.

€119,000 will be awarded to support a new pilot scheme to provide events for young people to attend and venues for young artists to perform in.

This funding allocation will support 51 organisations and well over 220 events spread across the country, covering poetry, film, dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and multidisciplinary projects.

“I am also delighted to see that the National Cultural Institutions are continuing to explore how they can open up the spaces to increased late night activity. I am particularly excited to see a new iteration of the highly acclaimed “Haunted Dancehall” event which took place last year in the NCH. It is great to see new audiences connecting with our valuable Cultural spaces and working in new and innovative ways”. – Minister Martin.

Events due to take place include:

• EPIC will host 4 concerts in November and December of Choir Performances and Spoken word.

• Airfield Estate in Dundrum will host a series of concerts and late evening tours.

• The Glucksman in Cork, will host five evenings of Art, Poetry, Music and DJs from Sep 28th-Oct 26th, running on Thursday evenings.

• UCD Classical Museum, in Dublin, will host 6 events including poetry, storytelling, art, and music until mid-November.

• Hunt Museum Limerick, running 9 nights of secret events, clues will be left through their social media in the week coming up to the events.

• 14 Henrietta Street, in Dublin City, will provide tours, live drawing, music from all eras of the house’s life, a journey through the city’s poetry and tenement plays.

• Russborough House in Co. Wicklow, will host a performance of Firestorm by Rogu. The Dark Maze will run for four nights and they will host a Halloween storytelling evening

• Dublin Castle will host a ball in November and will also run 6 late night tours.

• Joyce Tower Museum in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin are to run a week of late night events in September, including readings and musical performances.

• National Famine Museum in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, will host a Samhain Ecotherapy Workshop and also Murder Mystery Nights.

• The Dock in Carrick On Shannon, Co. Leitrim, The Northern soul exhibition will open late for two weekends and have guided tours, a film screening and a DJ set.

• Ballinglen Museum of Art in Co. Mayo, will run a series of events which will consist of theatre, musicians, actors and storytellers.

• Tipperary Museum of Hidden History will host music sessions in the museum from local musicians and artists from September to October.

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