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These Irish cultural spaces have received €620,000 in funding for After Hours events

These Irish cultural spaces have received €620,000 in funding for After Hours events

Haunted Dancehall @ NCH 2022 / Ruth Medjber.

€620,000 has been awarded 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.

Originally it was announced that €1 million funding was available for this strand of after hours programming. An additional €119,000 awarded to support a new pilot scheme to provide events for young people to attend and for young artists to perform in.

The initiatives are directly in answer to the the Night-Time Economy Taskforce report.

It’s not clear where the other €261,000 of the €1million previously announced has been allocated, whether there wasn’t enough applications or it will be rolled over.

The scheme by The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. aims to support museums and galleries to open their doors later by hosting more diverse events nationally.

51 organisations and over 220 events featuring music, poetry, film, dance, literature,, theatre, visual arts and multidisciplinary projects will benefit.

Awardees include:

  • The National Concert Hall, in partnership with independent promoter Foggy Notions, will further develop last year’s successful Haunted Dancehall event. (€140,000 was awarded here – see full list at bottom of the page)
  • The National Gallery of Ireland will run a series of events on Thursday evenings from October to December aimed primarily at 20 to 35 year olds. Bespoke tours of the National Collection and diverse events with music, DJs and creative experience will help to drive footfall. The Café and shop will also open late.
  • 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.

Funding was also made available to the National Cultural institutions to support new initiatives and build on some of the pilots initiated from last year.

Full listing of grant recipients for After Hours events at Irish museums

The Minister also announced a new pilot Night-Time Economy youth initiative.

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

The pilot will support over 70 night-time events around the country by young people, for young people, in the 14 – 24-year-old age bracket. The initiative aims to provide young and upcoming artists with authentic performance spaces, allowing them the experience of being in the environment of ‘real gigs’ with professional stage, lighting, camera and sound crew. It also provides those much needed spaces for young people to socialise together safely at night.

The funding of just over €119,000 was awarded to organisations that have a proven track record of working with young people and venues to create those important opportunities and cultural experiences in the Night-Time Economy.

Events are due to take place from September to December and will include open mic nights, improv, comedy, DJ workshops and sets and singer/songwriter nights.

See Also

Full list of grant awardees for that strand here.

After Hours at the Museum Grant Scheme

Funding of up to €10,000 was made available to museums to open later for a minimum of four nights.  Applicants had to commit to opening until at least 9pm. 

The funding was offered to Museums and Galleries that are Institutional members of the Irish Museum Association and/or are a member of  Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI). Applications for amounts greater than €10,000 were considered where a museum or gallery wanted to roll out a prolonged and/or more ambitious programme of events. They were assessed on a case by case basis in the context of available funding; additional funding was not guaranteed and the above principles applied.

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