Catherine Martin will pay performers in pubs to help revive the sector
The state will pay for singers, comedians and even jugglers to perform in pubs in an unprecedented bid to revive the arts at all levels and the nightlife economy, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
In the meantime, advanced ‘Night at the Museum’ plans are underway to breathe cultural and festive life into our major institutions through a program of nights and events throughout the summer.
“People want new offers, to mix daytime activities with their free time at night, after the pandemic,” said Arts and Culture Minister Catherine Martin. Independent Sundayt.
The nightly entertainment campaign will see the state offer paid concert performers and pub patrons an extra reason to unwind during their leisure hours.
Taxpayer paid entertainment will be for off-peak hours in pubs, clubs, galleries, cafes and other appropriate venues “to support an alternative, diverse and inclusive nightlife offering”.
Performances can include live music, comedy routines, literature or poetry readings, drama and theater performances, even dance, craft and art and photography exhibits.
“Look at cities like Berlin, where culture thrives around the clock, where a city’s heartbeat doesn’t stop at night,” Ms Martin said.
“Or look at New York, Paris and Montreal. These cities are not closing. Their dynamism continues late into the night. These cities have built their reputation on this mixture.
State institutions will also be tapped for its fun new curriculum, perhaps forever transforming a sector that has the public perception of being stuffy and stuffy, Martin said. “Look at Toronto, where the Royal Ontario Museum has hosted unique nighttime events,” she said. “Revelers experience a mobile feast of food and drink throughout the museum.
“There are pop-up bars, mouth-watering dishes, artisanal dishes. We see their art installations, fashion shows, lectures, performances and dance. Even DJs perform to electronic beats.
The Department of Justice is leading work to reform licensing laws, which will in turn facilitate innovation in cultural and hospitality settings, she said.
A number of cultural institutions will pilot late-night and more diverse events throughout the summer, from next month until September.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art, for example, will launch ‘IMMA Nights’ from mid-May. It will open its 48-acre grounds every Thursday and Friday of the season to a range of activities including lectures, art, dance, theatre, DJs and live music.
The National Museum of Rural Life in Co Mayo will participate in the pilot project. Plans are being developed and will be released soon. Meanwhile, the Collins Barracks Museum will hold parties in June, followed by a series of concerts, including Simply Red, and the National Concert Hall is developing a new festival “with a focus on electronic music and the visual arts”.
The pub entertainment program aims to attract people to city centers later in the evening and during the night, until the early hours. In some cases there may be objections from residents, but the Minister is confident that all will be well and lead to a revival and renaissance of Irish cultural production – even if a juggler might accidentally spill a pint or two.
“We will offer a range of cultural activities in a variety of venues, including those that do not sell alcohol,” she said. “It will also help businesses test events early in the week when it’s typically quieter. This is with the aim of developing a longer-term sustainable offer in the night economy.