Getting geared up for Newry's first ever Culture Night on the 20th of September as part of the European wide Culture Night event.  Newry and Mourne, Mayor Mickey Ruane, back, listens to members of Warrenpoint Comhaltas playing on the steps of Newry Cathedral at the event launch. Included from left: Enya Quinn, Oisin Bradley, Caoimhe Quinn, Henry McDonald and Shane Ryan. Photograph: Columba O'HareThe European wide Culture night event has at last made it to Newry and will give us an opportunity to display all our city has to offer.

Culture Night will take place on Friday the 20th of September with Artists creators and local talent taking over the new performance space at Marcus Square from 5pm to 8pm with lots of events in numerous other venues throughout the city.

The event is for everyone and it's a chance to make the city your own by exploring, experiencing and enjoying.

Commenting on the event Clr Mickey Ruane, Mayor, Newry and Mourne said " I'm looking forward to seeing Marcus Square transformed for the evening into a family friendly space full of things to do and see. Newry and Mourne Council and the DSD have invested in this space as part of the public realm scheme and this is what was envisaged from the outset, an animated space for everyone to enjoy."

"Culture night is coming to Newry for the first time and I hope to see it grow into an annual event that people won't want to miss. Culture night has already established itself as an essential part of the cultural offerings in cities in mainland Europe and in Dublin and Belfast. Traders in Belfast report that it is the best night of the year for takings, even better than New Years Eve. This initiative is really about reinvigorating the city centre both for the audiences and businesses."

Concluding he added "I would urge everyone to come along and experience something different for a few hours in the heart of Newry".

The family focussed event will include singing, dancing, acting, playing, blacksmithing, clay modelling, knitting, movie watching, hop scotching, highland flinging, bell ringing, tour walking, guitar and harp strumming, blues and trad and foot tapping, costume donning, covered awnings, artisans, cooks, baristas, creators, movers and shakers and finally of course the Event makers - YOU!

A full programme of events will be published in the next few weeks.