As the country prepares for Culture Night 2011 Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Arts and Heritage Robert Troy has put forward an ambitious proposal to make Culture Night 2012 a global event as a way of promoting Ireland on the world stage.

“Our culture, literature and heritage will be celebrated in more than 30 towns and cities across the country this Friday.  It will be an amazing evening in which our museums, churches, galleries, historic homes, studios and community centres will showcase what Ireland is famous for the world over – its artists, poets, musicians and writers,” said Deputy Troy.

“Culture Night has gone from strength to strength in recent years and covers almost every part of Ireland in some form now but in 2012.  I’d like to see Culture Night on the world stage.  I will be proposing to the Minister for Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan that he establish a panel of experts and interested parties to open up our embassies, consulates and ambassador’s residences across the world for Culture Night 2012.  This should include representatives from the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to examine how new investment and jobs could be harness from the increased profile of the country.

“This plan would involve a large amount of co-ordination on the part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade but it would result in a significant increase in profile for Ireland on a global scale.  A Global Culture Night would also tap into the Irish diaspora and create interest among young people who came to Ireland to study from countries such as those in the Far East but have since returned home.

“There is significant scope for the Government here as IDA pitches for business and trade missions or delegations could be built around this one evening in the future.  Much like the strength and capacity Ireland has to attract attention at the White House and on Capitol Hill for St. Patrick’s Day and carefully crafted international Irish Culture Night could be the beginning of something very special for Ireland,” concluded Deputy Troy.