For the 7th year in a row, President Higgins marked Culture Night.
Because of public health restrictions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has not been possible for the President to open up Áras an Uachtaráin to members of the public. Instead, President Higgins marked the event by paying tribute to the National Symphony Orchestra.
The President addressed the audience at the 'RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Live' virtual event at the National Concert Hall.
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- For Culture Night 2019, President Higgins hosted a performance of Samuel Beckett's radio play "All that Fall".
- Culture Night 2018 was dedicated to music, with performances by the Historical Harp Society of Ireland and Bernard Lawrence.
- President and Sabina Higgins marked Culture Night 2017 with a performance by Makedo theatre company of ‘Between Your Love And Mine’.
- To mark Culture Night 2016, President Higgins and Sabina invited sean-nós singers and the Smashing Times Theatre company to perform at Áras an Uachtaráin.
- President Higgins took the opportunity of Culture Night 2015 to open up the house for guided tours.
- For Culture Night 2014, actors recreated a significant moment in Irish history, when Ireland’s first President, Douglas Hyde, signed his first piece of legislation (the Collection of Taxes Bill, 1938).