Irish actress Jessie Buckley and singer Damien Dempsey among stars to attend Culture Night

Irish actress Jessie Buckley, singer Damien Dempsey and musician Elaine Mai are among the well-known personalities who will present an evening of live music, theater and dance from Co Offaly during this cultural evening.

From music and the arts to comedy, fashion and literature, entertainment fans will be delighted on Friday, September 23, as presenter Annie MacManus hosts a special evening of theatre, dance and spoken word live from the edge of Lough Boora at Co Offaly.

RTÉ has ​​teamed up with the Arts Council to present this celebration of Ireland’s unique bogs.

Live from Bord na Móna’s Lough Boora Discovery Park, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be joined by a range of artists throughout the evening, including local artists and friends Tolü Makay and Felispeaks as well as the Music Generation choir Offaly/Westmeath.

Songwriter, musician and one of Ireland’s top electronic music producers, Elaine Mai will be joined by MayKay, Loah, Sinead White and Ailbhe Reddy in a television premiere.

Singer Susan O’Neill will perform at the Claddagh Basin in Galway while Dublin’s Damien Dempsey will perform Peat Bog Soldiers on location at Lough Boora Discovery Park.

East Clare fiddle master Martin Hayes will perform a unique take on traditional tunes while Cork singer-songwriter Jack O’Rourke promises to gently usher us into the autumn sunset with Harvest Moon by Neil Young who turns 30 this year.

Actress Jessie Buckley will visit artist Pat Curran at the Matt Talbot Community Trust in Ballyfermot where he is preparing for his Culture Night exhibition.

Composer Eamon O’Malley will take viewers on a live musical and heritage journey through the streets and lanes of Clonmel where the Clonmel Song Cycle will meet local historical figures.

Colm Tóibín heads to Heuston Station to experience the Art’s Council’s Read Mór book donation program and Evelyn O’Rourke will capture the atmosphere of the capital live at Dublin’s Spencer Dock.

Arts Council director Maureen Kennelly said the show means people at home who can’t get out and about can still take part in Culture Night.

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“Our partnership with RTÉ is really important. Coming live from Lough Boora to Offaly in the heart of the country with its incredible sculpture park is inspired; local audiences and national viewers are in for a treat,” she said.

The head of the arts and culture group at RTÉ, Ann Marie Power, said it would be a “vibrant” spectacle.

“We are thrilled that our appearance at Culture Night this year has a new look and feel,” she said.

“It will be full of talented artists performing alongside the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and we have found a way to incorporate some of the many activities that take place on Culture Night in other parts of the country.

“It’s our contribution to a ‘live’ cultural evening that looks set to live up to its ‘One Night For All’ billing.”

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