The sixteenth edition of Culture Night is taking place today across the South-East, with events scheduled to take place in all five counties.
The annual event celebrates culture, creativity and the arts in Ireland, giving people an opportunity to experience the arts like never before.
And while some events will still be held online, this year the majority will return to being done in person - as the sector continues its resurgence after a long hibernation during the pandemic.
At Beat we'll be marking the night celebrating the best of Irish music, with Rob O'Connor from Irish Beats hosting the latest of his "Live at the Royal" series, bringing live music back to the Theatre Royal in Waterford.
Tonight it's the turn of Alex Gough, Jess Reinl and Waiting Space to take to the stage of the famous venue, and play in front of a live audience once again.
It’s #CultureNight2021 and we have an absolute doozy at @theatreroyalw. Live on stage from 8pm we present @alexgoughhh @JessReinl and @WaitingSpaceIRL, hosted by this dope and run in partnership with @beat102103. Not many tix left 👉 https://t.co/Tr8A9r03Ob 🤟 pic.twitter.com/v8ef2McMug
— Rob O'Connor (@curlybert) September 17, 2021
A sample of the online events you can enjoy this year includes large government organisations like the European Commission and Language Connect, who are hosting a series of language classes online.
If you're in the mood for something in person, Waterford City and County Council have a large programme of events scheduled right across the county.
There are free tours of Ireland’s newest museums, the Irish Museum of Time, a fitting home for the finest collection of Irish timepieces in the world and the Irish Silver Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of silver worldwide.
While Freestyle Friday is an evening of off-the-bat, spontaneous music and rap, where artists will be paired together, none of them having any idea who they will be with
In Kilkenny, rooms of the castle will be available to explore the rooms of the castle free of charge, from 6pm to 9pm.
Lots of events taking place #inCarlow for #CultureNight today.
Find a full listing at https://t.co/zrmimQKhZl@CultureNight @CulturNiteCarlo @localgovire @carlowppn @CarlowLibraries @CreativeCarlow @CarlowLiveLocal pic.twitter.com/pgfqr52g2g
— CarlowCountyCouncil (@Carlow_Co_Co) September 17, 2021
Culture Night Ambassador, Ola Majekodunmi says there will be something for everyone this year.
"80 percent of our events are going to be offline, so we're really happy with that, because last year all of our events were online.
"There's a great mix, so for those who want to stay at home there's plenty online, while for those who prefer to be inside there's events, and the same outdoors."
You can check out what's happening in your area, by visiting culturenight.ie