Josepha Madigan, T.D. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today (Friday) launched Culture Ireland’s 2018 special focus on Great Britain.
Culture Ireland – a division of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – will support a special focus of Irish artistic activity entitled GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain and will present a vibrant, contemporary and high quality programme including events across artistic disciplines in prestigious venues, institutions and festivals in Britain.
A full programme of over 60 projects incorporating performances, tours, exhibitions and concerts covering all areas of England, Scotland and Wales will be announced over the coming weeks.
Today, Minister Madigan met artists, including Bell X1’s Paul Noonan and singer Loah, as they prepared for one of the flagship events – Imagining Ireland: 21st Century Song which takes place at the Barbican Centre, London on Monday 5th March 2018. Tickets will go on sale shortly.
Speaking at the event, the Minister commented:
“Through the work of my Department and in particular, Culture Ireland, our artists continue to enhance Ireland’s international reputation for cultural excellence. Over the course of our shared history, artists from Britain and Ireland have made the journey in both directions and I’m very pleased that we are able to highlight these links through the GB18 programme. I wish all the participants in this special programme in Britain every success, as they celebrate the strong cultural connections across these islands as well as creating further opportunities for artists to present their work abroad. ”
The artists will also participate in a Dublin performance of the event at the National Concert Hall Dublin on Saturday 3rd February 2018.