Culture Night Donegal Highlights

Thursday September 16, 2021
One of the four pieces that were excepted by Artist Peadar McDaid who was the outright winner of the 2018 Derek Hill Award at the Glebe Photo Brian McDaid

Donegal County Council Culture Division will present its 13th annual programme of events for Culture Night tomorrow (Friday), 17th September.

This exceptional night of cultural festivities takes place once per year as part of a national celebration of arts, heritage, and culture, with events being hosted across the county. Download the full Culture Night Donegal programme HERE.

Booking for events has been steady with some events like The Alchemist in Letterkenny Town Park, already selling out. There are limits to the audience numbers who can attend live events on the night, therefore, advance booking is essential for all such events.

While all Culture Night events are FREE of charge, many Covid 19 restrictions remain in place and organisers are asking all visitors to Culture Night live events to please observe and abide by the Covid 19 protocols and guidelines that have been put in place by the participating venues, in the interests of public safety.

Here at the Regional Cultural Centre, following on from two exhibitions ‘I am Donegal’ in 2018 and ‘When I was a Child’ in 2019, Letterkenny artist Peadar McDaid has invited 50 artists to create a works of art based on the theme of ‘A Portrait of Me’ to be unveiled tomorrow night. There are also a number of other exhibitions – Click here to see what else is happening at the RCC for Culture Night.


An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny

An Grianán Youth Theatre and On Cue Academy will present The Gentleman Pirate by Niamh Langan. Enjoy the story of Stede Bonnet, a Gentleman Pirate who was famously useless at pirating and find out what happens when he falls into the company of the legendary Blackbeard. Tickets are FREE but booking is essential. Call Tel 074 91 20777 or visit

Central Library Letterkenny

Embrace the spirit of the circus at the Central Library with the Dr. Proctor Show with Orson Sterritt. Join Dr. Proctor for some circus fun with lots of magic, juggling, acrobatics, and a few surprises! There will be four 15 minute shows starting at 6pm. Booking is essential as space is limited. Contact Central Library on Tel 074 91 24950 to book a space.

Cathedral Quarter, Letterkenny

The ‘Cathedral Quarter Experience’ presented by the Elusive Theatre, starts at 6.30pm outside No. 1 Church Lane. Go walking with Letterkenny Legends, as the Elusive Theatre offers a tour short in distance but rich and deep in history.

Meet characters from the past and learn about events that have helped to shape the present. This outdoor event has a limited audience with a max of 20 people, in pods or groups. Pre-booking is essential by contacting Donnan Harvey on Mobile 086 345 2457.

The Cathedral Quarter will also mark Culture Night by officially unveiling a plaque the group received when it was Highly Commended with the President’s Award from The Irish Planning Institute. The unveiling ceremony will commence at 8pm.

Glebe Gallery, Churchill

The Glebe Gallery will open from 6pm – 8pm offering a wonderful opportunity to view the gallery’s current exhibition Turas or Journey. This contemporary exhibition features three artists Bassam Al-Sabah, Aideen Barry and Sean Hillen.

There will also be a sound intervention by the artist Sven Anderson drawn from Derek Hill’s record collection in the Glebe Garden. Booking is essential, contact +353 74 913 7071 or find out more HERE.

The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny is proudly funded by Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland.