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Ferghal Blaney

Irish night-time economy to get huge transformation as pilot programmes set to launch

Late night revellers will soon be able to enjoy light shows and DJ sets in iconic cultural institutions such as the National Concert Hall and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

And after that dancing could continue in nightclubs until as late as 6am.

Nightlife in Ireland is set for a transformation in the coming months with the creation of a new night-time economy that will see later openings and more cultural events running later than before.

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A pilot programme will see six “night-time advisors” sent out to six towns and cities over the summer to conduct pilot programmes and report back to Arts Minister Catherine Martin.

And there is also major work being done in the Department of Justice by the minister there, Helen McEntee, on a massive overhaul of the country’s antiquated drink laws.

Among the reforms on the sale of liquor, we could see the abolition of Special Exemption Orders, the official name for late night drinking licences, and extended opening times for nightclubs.

Minister Martin said: “The establishment of night-time advisors in the six pilot towns and cities will be a significant step towards securing a vibrant and importantly a more sustainable nighttime culture for all our citizens.

“The selection of these pilot towns and cities is a vital stage in this process.

“This is in direct response to an action in the Report of the Night-time Economy Taskforce which I published last year.

“The Taskforce explored ways in which we could promote a thriving, inclusive and diverse night-time economy.

“It is crucial now that we follow up on their recommendations and act on them to create and support opportunities for audiences, venues, businesses and performers.”

One initiative already up and running for the past two weeks is from the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The museum and arts venue has launched “IMMA Nights” which will run from mid-May until mid-September.

Each Thursday and Friday throughout this pilot season, IMMA will open the grounds of its 48-acre site to a range of activities including talks workshops, art, dance and theatre performances, DJs and live music.

The National Concert Hall is developing a new festival at its campus celebrating all that is new in music with a focus of electronic music and the visual arts.

The festival will present a number of major concerts in NCH’s main auditorium in Dublin while the Crawford Gallery in Cork will also have later openings and night tours.

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