Dunlewey to headline Culture Night on RTE

DUNLEWEY will be the centrepiece for Culture Night tonight on RTE television at 7 pm, featuring the RTE orchestra, music and arts from the county in the spectacular setting below Errigal. 

Presented by musician and host of Radio One’s Folk on One,  Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, the programme will include guest artists including Jessie Buckley, The Murder Capital, Aby Coulibaly, Olesya Zdorovetska.

Leaders of the current Irish folk revival, Ye Vagabonds, will perform from the amphitheatre on Arranmore Island with guests  Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Nia Ní Bheirn.


There are more than 50 events scheduled to take place across the county as part of Culture Night which is a national movement celebrating all that makes up the richness and diversity of culture in Ireland today, connecting people to cultural activities locally and nationally.

It is organised through the Arts Council and Donegal County Council. Events happening tonight are as diverse as people themselves.

There will be a screening online of a film with Aengus Kennedy entitled ‘Life Between Land and Sea’. It is a short educational movie based on the intertidal zone in this unique part of Ireland.

An tSean Bheairic in Falcarragh will be hosting an art exhibition in the Plein Air tradition by local artists, part of Plein Air Gaeltacht, Thiar Thír Chonaill. There will also be music on the night by Scéal Ella, a duo of Donegal based singer songwriters Carol Wilson and Sinéad Gallaher.

In Ionad Garradh Cholmcille in Falcarragh there will be screening of ‘Rights of Nature’.

In the Regional ultural Centre (RCC) in Letterkenny there is an open invitation to the public for tomorrow night between 6.30 and 8 pm to come along and hear the Donegal Youth Orchestra rehearsing with conductor Vincent Kennedy, one of Ireland’s leading conductors.

Also in the RCC there is an exhibition entitled ‘Grief Weaving’ by Donegal-based visual artist Emily Waszak which explores grief through ritual, repetition, and time from 6 pm until 10 pm.


Blake’s Bar in Letterkenny is the venue tomorrow night where disco will be taken to the next level offering a sonic revolution at PK and Marty’s legendary annual Ska, Punk and New Wave Disco, now amplified with the electrifying presence of special guest John Robb.

‘A Little Art, A Little Music in the Heart of the Community’ takes place at Peader McDaid’s newly renovated studio at Moyle Road in Milford as featured in last Thursday’s Donegal News.

There is the Turas Úr Artists Collective Illuminated Sculpture Trail, ‘Art at The Museum with Turas Úr’, a unique and immersive event celebrating the fusion of sculptures, installations, soundscapes, sound installations and short films in the County Museum in Letterkenny.

Commenting on this year’s event, Donegal County Council Arts Officer Traolach Ó Fionnáin said: “We are so excited that Culture Night 2023 is taking place across Donegal this Friday, 22nd September. We, in Donegal, are especially happy this year to have been chosen as the location for RTÉ’s hugely popular Culture Night live television broadcast, which will transmit from Ionad Cois Locha, Dún Lúiche in the shadow of Errigal and from Oileán Árainn Mhór. With 55 events listed on the website for Donegal there is something to appeal to most tastes. Thanks to the continued support of the Arts Council and local Authorities across the island of Ireland, all activities are made available to the public free of charge.

In order to view the vast array of events taking place go to

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