Culture Night 2023: Guidance Notes

Background to Culture Night

Culture Night is a UK and Ireland-wide initiative that celebrates arts, culture and creativity.  To mark Culture Night, galleries, arts and cultural centres, museums, artists’ studios, historic buildings, churches and other places of cultural interest are encouraged to open their doors to the public to showcase their programmes, activities and facilities.

 Culture Night provides free entertainment to the public, as well providing local artists and arts and cultural organisations with an opportunity to engage with new audiences and participants.  On the island of Ireland, the first Culture Night was held in Dublin in 2004 followed by Belfast in 2009. Omagh hosted its first ever Culture Night in 2013, followed by Enniskillen in 2015.

In 2022, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council’s Culture Night was delivered through a blended model of livestream, pre-recorded and in-person events.  There were 19 events across the district, involving 14 groups, 212 participants and attracting online audiences  of 1206 people.

Fermanagh & Omagh Culture Night 2023

Culture Night 2023 will be a wonderful opportunity for local organisations in every community to bring people together and to contribute significantly towards the cultural wellbeing of and quality of life for all our residents.

As with previous years programmes, Culture Night will focus on celebrating culture through local communities, taking a broader approach to culture than just arts.   We would like Expressions of Interest from across the district from community, arts, sports, cultural, heritage, linguistic and other groups who are keen to take part in this year’s Culture Night by organising a local event or activity.  This event / activity will celebrate a townland, village, town or community’s culture and might be a performance, demonstration, display of work, mini festival, exhibition, talent competition, open mic night or take many other forms.

This event or activity may be in-person, online or a combination of both.

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council will provide support to a maximum of 15 groups across the district with sponsorship of up to £200 per proposal along with assistance with marketing and publicity.

Essential Criteria for applicants

  • Only groups / organisations are eligible to apply
  • Groups must be constituted
  • Groups must have a bank account signed by 2 or more people
  • All applicants must have public liability insurance

Essential Criteria for events / activities

  • Must celebrate culture
  • Must demonstrate public benefit
  • Takes place on Friday 22 September 2023
  • Free of charge (for participants & audience)
  • Open to everyone
  • Publicised through Fermanagh & Omagh District Council’s Culture Night programme


The following assessment criteria will be applied to Expressions of Interest:

  • Fermanagh and Omagh District Council would particularly like to see events that:
    • Events that support early evening and night time economy in urban areas.
    • Events that partner with other event organisers to develop complementary Culture Night experiences
    • Events that increase social interaction and engagement in rural areas
    • Events that increase engagement and participation from key target segments: including
    • Families
    • Children and Young People.
    • Older People

in addition to:

  • Quality of proposed event / activity
  • Active participation / engagement including online reach and engagement
  • Geographical spread across the district
  • Mix of art / cultural forms & delivery types
  • Proximity to other activities
  • Organisations who have not previously engaged with Culture Night


We require all successful applicants to complete a short evaluation form after their event / activity.


The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest for this year’s Culture Night is 5pm on Friday 07 July 2023 @ 5pm.

To take part in Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Culture Night 2023 please click on the ‘Apply’ button below or for further information, please contact the Arts Service by email at or by phone 0300 303 1777 / Textphone 028 822 56216

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