Culture Night: 'Night of cultural discovery' will have 3,000 acts
People can look forward to an "explosion" of events around the country later this week as Culture Night returns.
More than 3,000 acts will perform in over 1,500 venues on Friday as attractions such as the National Gallery and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and Cork Opera House among others open for the night to the public.
Speaking ahead of the big day, Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said the night was a "wonderful snapshot of contemporary cultural Ireland".
"From national cultural institutions, iconic and historical venues, to smaller, more intimate settings, it's the perfect evening for cultural discovery.
"This is a wonderful night because it showcases the wonderful wealth of heritage we have right across the country.
"We had over 400,000 people attend events last year and we are hoping this year will be even bigger," she said.
Acclaimed cellist Ailbhe McDonagh will host an evening of classical music in Russborough House in Wicklow.
"This year especially shows the growth of Culture Night, where it started out as an event in Temple Bar and now it is a national event with 32 counties all opening up and having a programme of events.
"The scale of it and what's on offer is just incredible," she told the Irish Independent.
"We have the Digital Hub in the Liberties opening up, it's really just an explosion of events," she added.