Fermanagh & Omagh Culture Night 2020 – Expression of Interest – closing 28 Aug

Background to Culture Night

Culture Night is a UK and Ireland-wide initiative that celebrates arts, culture and creativity.  To mark Culture Night, galleries, arts and cultural centres, museums, artists’ studios, historic buildings, churches and other places of cultural interest are encouraged to open their doors to the public to showcase their programmes, activities and facilities.

Culture Night provides free entertainment to the public, as well providing local artists and arts and cultural organisations with an opportunity to engage with new audiences and participants.  On the island of Ireland, the first Culture Night was held in Dublin in 2004 followed by Belfast in 2009. Omagh hosted its first ever Culture Night in 2013, followed by Enniskillen in 2015.

Fermanagh & Omagh 2020

Culture Night 2020 will be different in nature and smaller in scale than previous years due to COVID-19 restrictions.   However, we believe is it important to celebrate this event to support local artists, bring local communities together (albeit in different ways to previous years) and to contribute towards the wellbeing of and quality of life for residents.

As with the 2019 programme, Culture Night will focus on celebrating culture through local communities, taking a broader approach to culture than just arts.   We would like Expressions of Interest from across the district from community, arts, sports, cultural, heritage, linguistic and other groups and individuals who are keen to take part in this year’s Culture Night by organising a local event or activity.  This event / activity will celebrate a townland, village, town or community’s culture and might be a performance, demonstration, display of work, mini festival, exhibition, talent competition, open mic night or take many other forms.

This event or activity may be in-person – subject to the current regulations regarding social distancing and other safety factors – online or a combination of both.

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council will provide support to a maximum of 16 groups / individuals across the district with up to £250 per proposal of financial support along with assistance with marketing and publicity.

Essential Criteria for applicants

  • Groups must be constituted
  • Groups must have a bank account signed by 2 or more people
  • Individuals must submit a CV which details their artistic &/or cultural experience
  • All applicants must have public liability insurance

Essential Criteria for events / activities

  • Must celebrate culture
  • Must demonstrate public benefit
  • Takes place between 4.00 pm & 11.00 pm on Friday 18th September 2020
  • Free of charge (for participants & audience)
  • Open to everyone
  • Publicised through Fermanagh & Omagh District Council’s Culture Night programme


The following assessment criteria will be applied to Expressions of Interest:

  • Quality of proposed event / activity
  • Active participation / engagement including online reach and engagement
  • Geographical spread across the district
  • Mix of art / cultural forms & delivery types
  • Proximity to other activities
  • Organisations / individuals who have not previously engaged with Culture Night


We require all successful applicants to complete a short evaluation form after their event / activity.


The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest for this year’s Culture Night is 4pm on Friday 28 August 2020.

You can submit an Expression of Interest here

For further information, please contact the Arts Service by email at culture@fermanaghomagh.com

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