Despite some changes to the event in light of Covid-19, the annual event is still expected to reflect the richness of Cork City’s arts and culture scene.
This year’s event boasts a programme of events that offers people the chance to ‘Connect through Culture’ across a variety of media.
There will be an increased focus on virtual and online events this year.
While some physical events will be taking place, the numbers allowed to attend will be restricted, so those planning to show up are advised to book in advance.
Culture Night Cork City organisers and event venues have come together to produce a comprehensive online and virtual experience for those who love and enjoy one of Cork’s biggest and most celebrated events.
One event of note for this year’s Culture Night Cork City celebrations is ‘Ball Hopping’ by Ballincollig Youthreach students.
Cork slang rap presented by this group of students which will include slang from times both pre-Covid and now, the “new normal”, and will include relevant images.
This event will be pre-recorded and shown on Culture Night.
Another event which is certain to spike interest is a tour of the Lord Mayor’s Chambers in City Hall, which will be shown on Cork City Council's website.
This online tour will give people an insight into the Lord Mayor’s Chambers which display artefacts, gifts and artworks, which form part of the life and traditions of the First Citizen of Cork.
Speaking today at the launch in the Everyman Theatre, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Joe Kavanagh lauded the "resilience and commitment" Culture Night organisers and venues have shown in adapting during these challenging times.
"The virtual and online offerings give us a chance to give people a different experience, and one we feel can broaden the scope of the event in the years to follow.
"Cork plays a huge role in maintaining Ireland’s reputation for the vast cultural heritage and sheer volume of talent that exists here, across all facets of the Arts," he said.
"Culture Night, in particular, offers us a unique opportunity to showcase the many wonderful strings to this city’s bow, in terms of drama, music, literature, art and much more.
"I would encourage the people of Cork to make a point of circling Friday, September 18 in their calendars, to have a look at the full offering of events, online, in-person and outdoors.
"This will be the perfect opportunity to soak up the many free cross platform events on offer and tour the city in a different way.
"This year, more than ever, it is so important that we embrace and support events like this which remind us of our strengths, our talents and our heritage," he continued.
Renowned Cork author and playwright Cónal Creedon said he was "honoured" to be appointed 2020 Culture Night Ambassador for Cork City.
"For one night only, a magical atmosphere envelops the city as Corkonians of all ages take to the streets to entertain and be entertained.
"It is a feast for our senses: sights, sounds and scents – a festival of colour, theatre, music and food – a celebration of Cork itself," he said.
"Culture Night Cork City offers an opportunity for us to take stock of who we are, who we were and where we are going. The restrictions of Covid-19 will certainly present challenges in how we express ourselves, how we socially interact and engage, but the challenges of the present are the building blocks from which our culture of the future will be built.
"I look forward to Culture Night Cork City 2020 when the doors of the city will be thrown open, and we the citizens are invited to experience the beating heart of our city.
"It is an invitation not to be missed," Mr Creedon added.
For more information on Culture Night Cork City 2020, visit www.culturenightcork.ie
New events are continuously being added in the lead up to the night itself, so it is advisable to check the website in the days before Friday, September 18.