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€1 million in funding announced for late night museums and galleries events

€1 million in funding announced for late night museums and galleries events

Haunted Dancehall @ NCH 2022 / Ruth Medjber.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin has announced After Hours, a €1million fund aimed at local museums and galleries across the country to support the Night-Time Economy.

The After Hours strand aims to support small museums and galleries across Ireland to open later, and to programme new live events and encourage diversity of offering in small towns and villages across the country, to a maximum of €10,000 per fund application.

It is open to members of the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) and the Irish Museum Association, and events can include “live music, live DJ, dancing (performative or participatory), exhibitions, poetry readings, comedy shows theatre, film, live podcasts, storytelling, classes and wellbeing initiatives.”

Applicants will be required to open later and/or schedule events for a minimum of 4 nights until at least 9pm. Additional funding may be considered if a more ambitious programme of openings is proposed and funding allows.

This fund is aiming at building on the Night-Time Economy Taskforce report, and events like last year’s Haunted Dancehall, late night electronic event in National Concert Hall.

Night-Time Economy Advisor roles

At the launch, Minister Martin also noted the recruitment process underway for new Night-Time Advisors in 5 of the 9 locations. It recently opened in Cork, and Dublin City, Kilkenny, Drogheda and Limerick have now announced too.

Galway City, Longford, Buncrana and Sligo are to follow.

More info on the fund:

Cclick here for guidelines and application form.

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