UILLEANN PIPES INSCRIBED ON THE UNESCO ICH REPRESENTATIVE LISTAppointment of Expert Advisory Committee to Culture IrelandInternational Residency Opportunities for artistsBrokentalkers - Associate Artist LOKAL Performing Arts, ReykjavikMinister Heather Humphreys announces ‘Free Market’ to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2018Culture Programme on State Visits to Australia and New ZealandLankum Performs as part of Culture Ireland Delegation at WOMEX 2017Culture Ireland invites applications for delegate bursaries for APAM 2018Culture Ireland welcomes the additional 14% increase in Budget 2018Irish Theatre Coming to the USA this MonthFestival Season in Full Swing in DublinThe ExChange presented by Folk Alliance InternationalIrish films at Toronto International Film Festival 2017Culture Ireland in Great Britain 2018 – Call for ApplicationsMinister Humphreys Congratulates Irish Dance Artist on Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017Folk Alliance International 2018Minister Humphreys announces €600,000 in funding for Irish arts globally through Culture IrelandMinister Humphreys wishes Irish artists well at Edinburgh Festivals 2017The Wolf and Peter - CoisCéim DancePitching Opportunity for Irish artists Dublin Theatre Festival 2017Call for Participation in Irish Delegation FiraTàrrega – September 2017Culture Ireland is supporting great Irish musicians to tour the US this summerCall for Expressions of Interest for Venice Architecture Biennale 2018Art Basel 2017WOMEX – World Music Expo Culture Ireland Call for DelegatesInvitation to Apply to Participate in Culture Ireland’s Delegation at the Edinburgh Festivals, 2017Invitation to Apply to Participate in Culture Ireland’s Delegation at the Edinburgh Festivals, 2017Enda Walsh’s Rooms at Irish Arts Centre, New YorkEdinburgh International Film Festival Programme LaunchedTALKING TRANSLATIONPresident Higgins visits the 57th Venice Art BiennaleRichard Mosse wins Prix Pictet world’s leading photography awardCulture Ireland at Classical: NEXT 2017Culture Ireland in Britain 2018 – Calls for Expressions of InterestPoetry Day IrelandIreland at Showcase Scotland 2018Minister Humphreys announces €700,000 in funding for Irish arts globallyExpansion of Irish representation at Newport Beach Film Festival 2017Culture Ireland Edinburgh Showcase 2017Jesse Jones exhibition opened at the 57th International Art Exhibition last weekVoices from Ireland to feature at the 2017 Göteborg Book FairIreland at Jazzahead! 2017 trade fair begins this weekNew Literature Ireland Stand unveiled at the 2017 London Book Fair“How to Keep an Alien” by Sonya KellyThirteen Irish Acts appear at South by Southwest (SXSW) as part of Music From Ireland ProgrammeCulture Irelands St Patrick’s Day ProgrammeCulture Ireland Supporting Attendance at Jazzahead! (April 2017)Culture Ireland Delegation at Folk Alliance International2017 Newport Beach Film Festival Seeks Irish Film SubmissionsCulture Ireland At Classical: NEXT (May 2017)CALLS FOR SHOWCASE PROPOSALS NOW OPEN FOR WOMEX 2017Culture Ireland invites applications for inclusion in Edinburgh Fringe Festival Showcase ProgrammeIRELAND ANNOUNCED AS INTERNATIONAL PARTNER FOR CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2018Irish Films at Sundance Film Festival 2017Theatre Lovett and Cahoots NI at IPAY Showcase 2017Minister Humphreys travels to New York to promote Irish arts and cultureCulture Ireland Newsletter 2016Culture Ireland announces €1.76m in funding for Irish arts globallyLaunch of Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022IFI International Wraps Up 2016 Programme in BritainCoisCéim’s The Wolf and Peter Heads out on TourSwan Lake opens at Sadlers Wells in LondonCulture Ireland at WOMEX 2016International Theatre eXchange 2016Hard Working Class Heroes takes over Dublin VenuesCulture Ireland welcomes the additional €1m in Budget 2017Opening of two significant exhibitions in BritainFiraTàrrega 2016Tanzmesse 2016Edinburgh Festivals, 2016Funding of more than €600,000 allocated to promote Irish arts worldwideWOMEX 16 – World Music ExpoPitching Initiative 2016 - Call NoticeFiraTàrrega – Call for delegates September 2016Galway Film FleadhThe Irish Tour of Adventure: CapitalObserve the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the SommeCulture Ireland at Edinburgh Festivals, 2016Joining the Dots at UEFA Euro 2016Recent Successes from the Music from Ireland programmeArt Basel 2016Choosing a country’s artworks for Europeana 280: IrelandA flavour of Venice!Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme ‘I Am Ireland’ – Send us your FeedbackFocus On Ireland: From Rebels to New RomanticsLaunch of “Losing Myself’‘Losing Myself’2016 International Centenary ProgrammeIreland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture Opens at Kennedy CenterDublin Dance Festival 2016Ireland’s Exhibition at Venice Biennale 2016 – ‘Losing Myself’Irish Culture in Britain: A Centenary CelebrationInternationale Tanzmesse 2016Culture Ireland supports an expanded Irish Presence at the London Book Fair as part of Ireland 2016Kerlin Gallery at the Dallas Art FairCulture Ireland congratulates Fishamble Theatre and actor-writer Pat KinevaneSt. Patrick’s Day Festival Period 2016Venice Art Biennale 2017Olivier Awards 2016Success in APAM

UILLEANN PIPES INSCRIBED ON THE UNESCO ICH REPRESENTATIVE LIST

UILLEANN PIPES INSCRIBED ON THE UNESCO ICH REPRESENTATIVE LIST

Ireland celebrates success in having Uilleann Piping inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Click here for more details. 

 

Posted: 07.12.17

Appointment of Expert Advisory Committee to Culture Ireland

Appointment of Expert Advisory Committee to Culture Ireland

Expressions of interest are invited from members of the public to join the Expert Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is seeking to fill the role of Chair and at least 4 other positions on the Expert Advisory Committee to Culture Ireland.  In order to ensure that there is an appropriate balance of skills on the Committee and, in particular, to ensure that there is a strong presence and perspective from the culture sector, future appointments will be focussed on those with specialist knowledge of the contemporary arts sector.  Appointments will be made on the basis of achieving representation of a broad range of art forms.

Applications (CV and Cover Letter) should be sent to info@cultureireland.gov.ie by Wednesday 17th January 2018.

Click here for more details.

Posted: 07.12.17

International Residency Opportunities for artists

International Residency Opportunities for artists

Centre Culturel Irlandais deadline for Residencies and Bursaries

CCI’s annual residency programme offers great opportunities for artists of all disciplines to tap into the resources of Paris and the CCI, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland's dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage. Current call for applications: 1 November 2017 - 10 January 2018 for residencies between August 2018 and July 2019.

Click here to apply.

The CCI offers bursaries including an Experimental Performance Award, Research fellowships in the Old Library and Historical Archives, French language scholarships... Current call for applications: 1 November 2017 - 10 January 2018

Click here for more information.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 10 January 2018, 5pm GMT. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in March.

Posted: 07.12.17

Brokentalkers - Associate Artist LOKAL Performing Arts, Reykjavik

Brokentalkers - Associate Artist LOKAL Performing Arts, Reykjavik

Brokentalkers will perform on of their best known works, Have I No Mouth, at the LOKAL International Performing Arts Festival, Reykjavik 15-19 November 2017.

Have I No Mouth is a contemporary Irish performance which was showcased with Culture Ireland support at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013 where it was awarded Winner of the Total Theatre Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It subsequently toured to some of the world's finest festivals and venues including Sydney, New York, Vancouver and Hannover collecting awards and wowing audiences along the way.

A devised performance written and performed by Feidlim Cannon and his Mother Ann and directed by Gary Keegan, this work incorporates Brokentalkers’ trademark style of mixing documentary material with theatricality.

Click here to find out more.

Posted: 15.11.17

Minister Heather Humphreys announces ‘Free Market’ to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2018

Minister Heather Humphreys announces ‘Free Market’ to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2018

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, today, 26 October 2017, announced that ‘Free Market’ will represent Ireland at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2018 (the ‘Biennale’).

The team of co-curators behind the selection for Ireland's national presentation is made up of the following:

• Laurence Lord (AP+E)
• Orla Murphy (Custom)
• Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E)
• Jo Anne Butler (Culturstruction)
• Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction)
• Miriam Delaney (DIT)

Minister Humphreys said: “The ‘Free Market’ team has proposed a very relevant exhibition on the common space of market towns in Ireland. As we know, these spaces are hugely important for rural communities in our country, and for economic and social engagement in our towns. However, this is also a theme with global resonance, and there is no doubt that the team’s research will be of interest worldwide. 2018 offers an unprecedented opportunity for contemporary Irish architecture to gain the international recognition it deserves, building on Pillar 5 of the Creative Ireland programme on unifying our global reputation."

Ireland’s continued presence at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2018 is bolstered by the fact that, for the first time, the curators chosen by the Biennale for the International Architecture Exhibition are Irish architects.  Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects have been honoured with the task of curating the central exhibition and developing the theme which will inform all national exhibitions.

The national exhibition ‘Free Market’ is a direct response to the overarching theme of ‘Freespace’, selected by curators, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. It will highlight the generosity, humanity and possibility in the common spaces of Ireland’s market towns. Once the economic and social hubs of rural Ireland, small town marketplaces have undergone fundamental change in recent times. Indeed, many have seen their function as places of exchange and congregation diminished. The project proposes to reclaim these places of interaction and community. It will also build on the research of the team and others, and on the lived experience of these spaces, to re-imagine the shared urban territory of the small town marketplace.

The Venice Architecture Biennale, which will be held from 26 May to 25 November 2018, remains the most important global platform for the exhibition of architecture involving the public, members of civil society, individuals and institutions.

Ireland’s exhibition at Venice is an initiative of the Culture Ireland division of Minister Humphreys’s Department, in partnership with the Arts Council. Since 2005, Culture Ireland and the Arts Council have partnered on supporting Ireland's representation at Venice given the ongoing platform it offers artists to reach an international audience.

Ireland's exhibition in 2018, ‘Free Market’, will tour towns in Ireland in 2019 following its presentation in Venice.

Posted: 26.10.17

Culture Programme on State Visits to Australia and New Zealand

Culture Programme on State Visits to Australia and New Zealand

Today, in Wellington, New Zealand, a special concert takes place on the occasion of the State Visit to New Zealand by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins.

The performance, taking place at the Te Papa Museum will feature artists from Ireland and New Zealand in a special collaborative performance entitled MOTU:OILEÁIN. Irish artists Tóla Custy, Alan Doherty, Gerry Paul and Pauline Scanlon join New Zealand band Trinity Roots. 

The President and Sabina Higgins will join the artists tonight along with over 350 special guests.

This event is presented by Culture Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade of Ireland and forms part of the wider programme for the State Visits to Australia and New Zealand.

It follows other cultural performances including a successful appearance by Ye Vagabonds (pictured above) in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens; this concert was also supported by Tourism Ireland.

In Canberra, Declan O’Rourke performed at a special Reception to mark the State Visit.

Posted: 25.10.17

Lankum Performs as part of Culture Ireland Delegation at WOMEX 2017

Lankum Performs as part of Culture Ireland Delegation at WOMEX 2017

Culture Ireland will lead a delegation to WOMEX World Music Expo which takes place in Katowice, Poland from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 29 October 2017.

This year, in a new initiative, Lankum will perform a special showcase performance on the offWOMEX stage at the International Congress Centre in Katowice on Friday night at 12:45am.

WOMEX has become the most important international professional market for world music of every kind including folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music. The four-day event attracts in excess of 2,000 delegates from over 90 countries, including hundreds of concert and festival bookers, labels, publishers, distributors, managers and the world's media.

Culture Ireland has led a delegation of musicians, agents and promoters to WOMEX since 2010 and supported selected bands to perform at this key showcase event.

Culture Ireland's presence at WOMEX is as a partner in Horizons, an initiative of music export and cultural agencies from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Lankum’s Showcase performance is part of the Horizons at WOMEX programme which includes English and Welsh Artists in an offWOMEX showcase.

In addition to attending networking events and showcase performances, the Irish delegates are also required to attend at the Horizons stand. (Stand Number: 1 – 4, 13-20)

The Irish delegates for WOMEX 2017 are Oisín MacDiarmada (Ceol Productions), Kenneth Killeen (Improvised Music Company), Jonathan Pearson (Band Management) and Martin Nolan (MPI Bands) and Jody Ackland (Booking Agent).

For further information on The Horizons Partnership, please click here.

For further information on WOMEX 17, please click here.

Posted: 20.10.17

Culture Ireland invites applications for delegate bursaries for APAM 2018

Culture Ireland invites applications for delegate bursaries for APAM 2018

Culture Ireland is offering a limited number of selected delegates a bursary to participate in the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) in Brisbane in February 2018.

APAM, Asia Pacific’s leading biennial event for contemporary performing arts, takes place between 19 and 23 February 2018. APAM is attended by presenters and programmers from around the world and offers the opportunity to further develop, partnerships and networks through a programme of panel sessions, forums, networking opportunities and related market events.

For full programme details of APAM 2018, you can visit the website.

This bursary is aimed at theatre and dance presenters and producers who have a track record of touring work internationally, have high standard promotional material available and who have suitable projects available for which they wish to pursue opportunities to tour. The award (€1,500 per delegate) is towards the costs of return flights, registration and a contribution towards accommodation.

Applicants should apply online to Culture Ireland outlining the proposed delegate and company, details of the work they propose to promote and where and associated supporting materials.  Click here to apply.

The closing date for applications is Monday 6 November 2017 at 5pm.

Posted: 18.10.17

Culture Ireland welcomes the additional 14% increase in Budget 2018

Culture Ireland welcomes the additional 14% increase in Budget 2018

Culture Ireland’s budget allocation for 2018 is €4m which represents a 14% increase over 2017 allocation.

In 2018 Culture Ireland will continue to promote and advance Irish arts worldwide and curate a major Irish Culture Programme across Great Britain in 2018 to build on the unique cultural relationship between the two countries and expand the reach of Irish culture to new audiences.

Mary McCarthy, Chairperson welcomed  the additional funds received which will enable Culture Ireland to expand Ireland’s cultural profile and global reputation - 

“ The additional resources will directly support Irish artists achieve their potential by reaching significant new audiences and markets overseas. 2018 is shaping up to be a dynamic year for Culture Ireland with a special focus on Great Britain as well as a having continued and enhanced presence at significant international cultural events and festivals.”

Posted: 11.10.17

Irish Theatre Coming to the USA this Month

Irish Theatre Coming to the USA this Month

Irish Theatre will continue to make an impact in the USA over the next couple of months following a successful 4 week run by Fishamble: The New Play Company of CHAROLAIS by Noni Stapleton in 59E59 THEATERS, New York.

http://fishamble.com/charolais/

In the Irish Arts Center, New York running until October 1st is Beckett in the City: The Women Speak. Beckett in the City is a body of work that celebrates and reveals Beckett’s writings and allows audiences to experience the women who inhabit some of Beckett’s best-known short works. In this site-specific performance, director Sarah Jane Scaife places Beckett’s characters from the page into the urban landscape, using the aesthetic tools of the body, sound, site, movement, architecture, and projection to put flesh on the scars the playwright reveals within our society.

http://irishartscenter.org/event/beckett-in-the-city

The White Light Festival kicks off from 18th October – 15th November including Gare St. Lazare’s production of The Beckett Trilogy to at Lincoln Center New York.  Samuel Beckett’s towering novels - Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable.

http://www.lincolncenter.org/white-light-festival/show/the-beckett-trilogy

Starting a tour of the US on 28th September at Redfern Arts Center, Keene, New Hampshire is the Moonfish Theatre production of "Star of the Sea" which will also tour to Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Told through Moonfish’s signature style of bi-lingual theatre, six performers use projection, physical movement, and live sound-effects to conjure up the worlds of the characters from the Famine ship of 1847.

http://moonfishtheatre.com/starofthesea/

Posted: 25.09.17

Festival Season in Full Swing in Dublin

Festival Season in Full Swing in Dublin

Over 40 international delegates travel for Dublin’s Fringe and Theatre Festivals

Culture Ireland welcomes international delegates and presenters who are in Dublin for the Festival Season. In partnership with the Irish Theatre Institute, the Dublin Theatre Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival, Culture Ireland supports the inward travel of many programmers and Festival Directors who see Irish performing arts at all scales and levels.

Over recent years, many artists have been invited to present their work abroad directly from Festival appearances in Dublin so these are valuable opportunities for artists to present their work and network with their international colleagues.

On Friday, the Information Toolbox, produced by Irish Theatre Institute with support from Culture Ireland, took place in the Civic Offices, Wood Quay, with networking in the morning and In Developments in the afternoon. In addition, the international visitors had a full schedule of Fringe performances across the city. Their schedule also included, for the first time, Pitching Sessions by five Irish artists for work in various stages of development. There has been a strong and enthusiastic response to this new initiative.

In early October, the International Theatre eXchange will also feature international delegates sampling the Irish work during the Dublin Theatre Festival with Culture Ireland support. The two-day conference will give a chance for Irish companies to promote their work and develop further contacts.

Further information is available here:

www.irishtheatreinstitute.ie
www.fringefest.com
www.dublintheatrefestival.com

Posted: 22.09.17

The ExChange presented by Folk Alliance International

The ExChange presented by Folk Alliance International

Folk Alliance International (FAI) are currently underway with their inaugural project outside of North America - The ExChange, in Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland.

The purpose of The ExChange is to forge folk industry relationships, showcase emerging talent and strengthen networks internationally.

With the support of Culture  Ireland international presenters will take part in networking sessions, panel discussions, and intimate showcases of Irish musicians  at a variety of local venues. A full list of events can be found here.

Posted: 21.09.17

Irish films at Toronto International Film Festival 2017

Irish films at Toronto International Film Festival 2017

Irish film had a strong presence at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival one of the most prestigious film events of its kind in the world.

Culture Ireland supported the screening of a number of  world premieres including Kissing Candice, the directorial debut feature film from Northern Irish director, Aoife McArdle, shot on location in Ireland, which has its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of the Discovery Programme

Also screened with the support of Culture Ireland are Good Favour, The Lodgers and The Cured.

David Freyne’s The Cured is screening in Special Presentation at the festival and Rebecca Daly’s Good Favour is presented in TIFF’s Contemporary Wold Cinema strand. Brian O’Malley’s The Lodgers screens in the Contemporary World Cinema strand, following its success triumph at the Cannes Film Festival.

Posted: 15.09.17

Culture Ireland in Great Britain 2018 – Call for Applications

Culture Ireland in Great Britain 2018 – Call for Applications

Culture Ireland is accepting applications on an ongoing basis for a special focus of activity in Great Britain in 2018.

The strategic priorities of the Britain 2018 programme are:

1.An increased level of cultural activity and presentation across all artforms across Britain throughout 2018, with particular reference to venues and Festivals outside of London and Edinburgh.

2.Development of relationships and partnerships that have been established over recent years, with particular reference to the I Am Ireland programme in 2016, with support for large-scale projects and initiatives.

3.Celebrating the many Irish artists and arts professionals who have based themselves in Britain.

4.Developing hubs of Irish artists and arts activity at venues and festivals to maximise the impact of Culture Ireland’s support.

Culture Ireland invites proposals from artists and presenters interested in participating in this special programme, presenting work in Great Britain during 2018.

Proposals for tours to multiple locations are especially welcome.

Applications should be made as soon as possible by Irish artists and companies across the island of Ireland or by international presenters and you can start your application for support by clicking here.

Grants will follow Culture Ireland’s usual Terms and Conditions with supports directed towards travel and travel-related costs.

For further information, please contact: ciaran.walsh@cultureireland.gov.ie

 

Posted: 12.09.17

Minister Humphreys Congratulates Irish Dance Artist on Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

Minister Humphreys Congratulates Irish Dance Artist on Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, today (25th August 2017) sent her congratulations to Oona Doherty, on her success in winning the dance category at Total Theatre Awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Oona Doherty presented five performances of her dance work Hope Hunt & the Ascension into Lazarus at Edinburgh's Dance Base as part of the Culture Ireland Showcase programme.

Minister Humphreys said:
“It is an amazing achievement for an Irish artist to attain this award given the competition with so many world performers presenting at the Edinburgh Festivals. The award is a global recognition for the strength of Oona Doherty's talents and will generate further opportunities worldwide for her. I congratulate Oona and wish her continuing success.”

Through its Showcase programme, Culture Ireland has been supporting Irish artists at Edinburgh since 2008 to reach new audiences and promoters to gain touring contracts for Irish work. The Showcase programme has consistently attracted sell-out audiences and awards during the Festival season. The Culture Ireland annual networking event in Edinburgh again this year attracted a strong group of promoters/buyers from around the world which is key to advancing international careers and generating jobs for Irish artists.

 

Posted: 25.08.17

Folk Alliance International 2018

Folk Alliance International 2018

Official Showcase Applications Open At Folk Alliance Website

Closing Date – 13 September 2017

Since 2015, Culture Ireland has led a delegation to Folk Alliance International and supported Irish Artists who have been selected to perform as part of the Official Showcase Programme.

Folk Alliance International is currently accepting applications for participation in the Official Showcase programme for its 30th edition (14 – 18 February 2018).

Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the annual event attracts over 2,500 artists and industry (agents, managers, publishers, labels, festival/venue presenters, promoters, media) dedicated to folk music and associated genres.

Delegates who attended the 2017 conference represented 27 countries including, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Showcase Bands supported by Culture Ireland in 2017 were: Baile an Salsa, Tiz McNamara, Orlagh de Bhaldraithe, Hermitage Green, Aindrias de Staic, Socks in the Frying Pan.

Artists and Musicians who wish to be considered for the Official Showcase Programme should apply through the Folk Alliance International website here.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CULTURE IRELAND IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. THESE SHOULD BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE FOLK ALLIANCE WEBSITE.(www.folk.org)

 

Caption:
Hermitage Green, one of the Culture Ireland Showcase Artists at the 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference

Posted: 14.08.17

Minister Humphreys announces €600,000 in funding for Irish arts globally through Culture Ireland

Minister Humphreys announces €600,000 in funding for Irish arts globally through Culture Ireland

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Tuesday) announced €600,000 in funding from Culture Ireland, which will allow 117 Irish artists and arts organisations to present their work worldwide in 2017 and 2018.

The projects, covering circus, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts will enable Irish artists to present their work in 35 different countries and build on Ireland's strong global reputation for creativity.

Highlights include notable theatre productions such as Dead Centre’s Hamnet, Chekhov’s First Play and LIPPY in Holland, Georgia, Czech Republic, Italy and Russia from August through November 2017, Una McKevitt’s play “Alien Documentary” in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, European Capital of Culture 2018, in May 2018 and presentation of Cahoots NI “Shh! We have a plan” at venues across the USA and Canada also in May 2018. 

Ireland’s exhibition, “Tremble Tremble”, by Jesse Jones at the 2017 Venice Art Biennale has secured international interest and will be shown at LASALLE’S Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore from early November 2017 to end January 2018 before travelling to Edinburgh for exhibition from October 2018. Other visual artists will reach a wide and focused audience through presentation by leading galleries at art fairs in Shanghai, Miami and Basel.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:
"The interest in Irish artists continues to grow and their presence around the world reinforces to global audiences the strength of Ireland's creativity. The focus on Ireland at the 20th Singapore Writers Festival this year is just one example of the deep enthusiasm for Ireland's artistic talent.

“This round of funding includes strong support for Irish musicians to tour in the US, Europe and Australia, including for example, young Dublin trio Hare Squead who are undertaking a European tour during October and November 2017, while leading uilleann pipers will perform at locations around the world including the United Kingdom, Argentina and Singapore to mark International Uilleann Piping Day on 4 November 2017.”

The full list of projects can be viewed here.

 

Posted: 08.08.17

Minister Humphreys wishes Irish artists well at Edinburgh Festivals 2017

Minister Humphreys wishes Irish artists well at Edinburgh Festivals 2017

Culture Ireland supporting 7 companies to present work at world’s largest arts festival

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced Culture Ireland’s Showcase programme for the 2017 Edinburgh Festivals season.
This year makes the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Culture Ireland is supporting seven companies to present their work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. These include three productions at Dance Base, a new play by Eoin Colfer and a production of Krapp's Last Tape, produced by Michael Colgan and performed by Barry McGovern as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. More than 15 Irish writers will also take part in the Edinburgh International Book Festival, underlining Ireland’s reputation for literary excellence.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“It is timely to reflect on the long and deep engagement Irish artists have had with the Edinburgh Festivals, as the event celebrates its 70th anniversary. Over the last seven decades, Edinburgh has given Irish artists the opportunity to present their work, reach international promoters, grow new audiences, secure further contracts and in so doing receive awards and critical success. In the past twelve years alone Culture Ireland has supported over 70 Irish theatre and dance companies and over 100 writers to present in Edinburgh.

“Culture Ireland continues its support of Irish artists at Edinburgh as time and again, the companies have used it as a stepping stone to further international success. In recent years, Corn Exchange with A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, Dublin Oldschool by Emmet Kirwan and artists Pat Kinevane and Olwen Fouéré amongst many others have gained international recognition, awards and opportunities based on their initial appearance at Edinburgh.

“The Government’s Creative Ireland Programme aims to unify our global reputation through a message based on culture and creativity. By supporting Irish artists to bring their work overseas, Culture Ireland brings the best of Irish cultural and creative endeavour to an international audience.

"I would like to wish each of the Irish artists travelling to Edinburgh the very best and I have every confidence that they will be recognised for their excellence in their respective areas of creativity, while also building new relationships which will lead onto rewarding working opportunities.”

Photo:Heather Humphreys, T.D. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with Margaret McAuliffe, Writer/Performer of The Humours of Bandon, produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company at Dublin Airport prior to Margaret’s departure to perform at Dance Base as part of the Culture Ireland’s Showcase Programme at the Edinburgh Festivals (Pic: Maxwells)

Posted: 01.08.17

The Wolf and Peter - CoisCéim Dance

The Wolf and Peter - CoisCéim Dance

The CoisCéim production of The Wolf and Peter has just completed a hugely successful Australian tour

The Wolf and Peter opened at The Arts Centre, Melbourne from the 29th June – 2nd July, continued to The Joan, Penrith from 6th – 7th July and finished up at Sydney Opera House, where it made history as the first contemporary dance theatre company from Ireland to perform there.

In Australia 7,500 people saw the production which was also live streamed to 21 remote and rural schools in New South Wales. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. 

Posted: 25.07.17

Pitching Opportunity for Irish artists Dublin Theatre Festival 2017

Pitching Opportunity for Irish artists Dublin Theatre Festival 2017

Culture Ireland, Dublin Theatre Festival and Irish Theatre Institute invite submissions from Irish artists/companies who wish to avail of the opportunity to pitch to international programmers and presenters, as part of this year's International Theatre eXchange on 6th/7th October 2017.

Successful applicants will be offered a 15-minute platform to pitch their projects to national and international delegates, using a combination of performance, spoken presentation and high quality moving-image footage of the work. The pitch will take place on the morning of Friday 6th October 2017. Technical support and AV (projector, PA) will be provided.

The objectives of this initiative are:

• To provide a platform for Irish artists/producers to present and promote their work to international presenters
• To create opportunities for Irish artists to build international touring networks for their work
• To introduce international programmers to Irish artists and companies

Qualifying Criteria:

Applications must meet the following criteria:

• The work must have been produced and presented professionally in Ireland during the period 1st May 2016 to 30th June 2017.  Work presented as part of the 2016 Dublin Theatre     Festival programme is not eligible for submission.
• Work must be suitable in terms of scale and availability for international touring during 2017/2018.
• Evidence of positive independent critical recognition must be available.
• High-quality moving image documentation of the work is essential.
• The applicant must be available for preparatory work in advance of the festival and to meet international presenters over the weekend of 5 - 8 October, 2017.

A production which has already had a high profile presentation outside of Ireland will not be eligible for consideration.

Assessment Criteria:

Applications will be assessed based on the following:

• The quality of the production in terms of performance, production values and content.
• The capacity of the artist/company to avail of touring opportunities arising from inclusion in the programme.
• Current programming trends in key international festivals and venues.
• The extent to which the application fulfils the qualifying criteria.

To Apply:

Applications should be submitted to: info@cultureireland.gov.ie  before 5pm on Tuesday 8th August 2017 enclosing an online link to the production footage.

Download application form here

Posted: 19.07.17

Call for Participation in Irish Delegation FiraTàrrega – September 2017

Call for Participation in Irish Delegation FiraTàrrega – September 2017

Culture Ireland is inviting applications for travel support for those wishing to promote work at FiraTàrrega taking place in Tàrrega, Spain from 7 to 10 September 2017.

Founded in 1981, FiraTàrrega is an international networking and showcase event for the performing arts, with special emphasis on street art and spectacle genres. The main objective of FiraTàrrega is to create and develop international opportunities for artists.

Following a successful presence in 2016, Culture Ireland is again funding the Irish Street Art, Circus and Spectacle Network to manage an Irish participation at the event.

Culture Ireland is offering a limited number of delegate bursaries aimed at those artists and companies who have a track record of touring internationally, have excellent promotional material available and who would benefit from attending the event to promote their work.

The award (€400 per delegate) is towards the costs of return flights, registration and a contribution towards accommodation and subsistence. Only one delegate bursary will be awarded per organisation.

Applicants should apply online to Culture Ireland.  Click here to apply.

The deadline for submission of completed applications for a delegate bursary is 5pm on Monday 31st July 2017.

Posted: 14.07.17

Culture Ireland is supporting great Irish musicians to tour the US this summer

Culture Ireland is supporting great Irish musicians to tour the US this summer

This Summer Irish bands will take to the stage across the US playing in high profile venues and festivals.

Milwaukee Irish Fest, the world’s largest celebration of Irish and Celtic music and culture will host a special  Tradfest Dublin Showcase throughout the four-day festival with the support of Culture Ireland reaching audiences of over 100,000. For more information about Milwaukee Irish Fest’s 2017 entertainment lineup visit www.irishfest.com

Year on year the demand for Irish musicians to cross the Atlantic grows and kicking off its summer tour to enthusiastic audiences The Maguires will perform at the Montana Folk Festival 7th – 9th July. Check out details here.

The Recollective will take to the stage the 8th July in Pasadena and finish up on the 22nd July in Prescott with lots of cities in-between. Check out all the dates here.

Fullset’s tour includes cities such as Frankfort and Chicago plus many more. More info here.

Coming into August GOITSE will start their summer tour in Milwaukee Irish Fest on the 18th August and hit 6 more cities by 17th September, check out if any are close to you here.

Also at Milwaukee this year is Hermitage Green who will also tour to Chicago, St. Paul, Kansas, New York and Washington. Click here.

Ruaile Buaile’s tour includes 25 concerts. Get all the details here.

The Outside Track returns to its fan base after a significant tour earlier this year, click here to find out more about the band.

Posted: 10.07.17

Call for Expressions of Interest for Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Call for Expressions of Interest for Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Culture Ireland and the Arts Council invite expressions of interest from an architect, architectural practice, curator or commissioner who wish to be considered to represent Ireland at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Applicants must demonstrate the appropriate level of knowledge and skill to manage and deliver a presentation on such an important international stage. Submissions must be received by noon, Friday 18 August 2017.

The Venice Architecture Biennale is the world’s leading architecture event, featuring more than 60 national exhibitions and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.  Culture Ireland and the Arts Council are committed to Ireland's participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale, with the aim of increasing opportunities for, and the profile of, Irish architects internationally. As well as serving as a global showcase for Irish architecture, the Venice Architecture Biennale offers Irish architects the opportunity to engage with international audiences, influence future trends in architecture and explore their individual practice.

2018 will be a special year, with Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects being honoured by the Board of La Biennale di Venezia with their appointment as the overall curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition.

The curators have chosen “Freespace” as the theme which they state describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture's agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself.

Please see here for further information.

The complete tender document can be downloaded from here.

Posted: 27.06.17

Art Basel 2017

Art Basel 2017

Culture Ireland is delighted to support The Kerlin Gallery to participate at the Art Basel Fair 2017 in Switzerland.

Art Basel stages the world's premier modern and contemporary art fairs, staged annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. The art fair takes place 15th June – 18th June 2017.

The Kerlin Gallery can be found at Hall 2.1, Booth M15 where they are showcasing the following artists:

Aleana Egan
Siobhán Hapaska
Callum Innes
Merlin James
Jan Pleitner
Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Zhou Li

Click here for more details.

Posted: 13.06.17

WOMEX – World Music Expo Culture Ireland Call for Delegates

WOMEX – World Music Expo Culture Ireland Call for Delegates

Culture Ireland is offering delegate bursaries to WOMEX World Music Expo taking place in Katowice, Poland from Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th October 2017.

WOMEX has become the most important international professional market for world music of every kind including folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music. The four-day event attracts in excess of 2,000 delegates from over 90 countries, including hundreds of concert and festival bookers, labels, publishers, distributors, managers and the world's media. Culture Ireland has led a delegation of musicians, agents and promoters to WOMEX since 2010 and supported selected bands to perform at this key showcase event.

Culture Ireland is offering a limited number of delegate bursaries aimed at artists and promoters who have a track record of touring internationally, have excellent promotional material available and who would benefit from attending the event to promote their work at this unique music industry marketplace as part of the Irish delegation.

Culture Ireland's presence at WOMEX is as a partner in Horizons, an initiative of music export and cultural agencies from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Selected delegates will participate in the national stand to promote their work to the international arts industry presenters and promoters attending WOMEX.

Applicants from the Republic of Ireland should apply online to Culture Ireland. The award (€450 per delegate) is towards the costs of return flights, registration and a contribution towards accommodation and subsistence.  Only one delegate bursary will be awarded per group. Click here to apply. Applications from Northern Ireland should apply through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland here.

The deadline for submission of completed applications for a delegate bursary is 5pm on Thursday 6th July 2017.

Posted: 12.06.17

Invitation to Apply to Participate in Culture Ireland’s Delegation at the Edinburgh Festivals, 2017

Invitation to Apply to Participate in Culture Ireland’s Delegation at the Edinburgh Festivals, 2017

2017 is a landmark year for the Edinburgh Festivals as it marks the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of the International Festival and the Fringe Festival.

Over the years. the Edinburgh Festivals have offered an important platform for Irish artists to gain international recognition for their work. In recent years, productions featured as part of Culture Ireland’s Edinburgh Showcase programme have garnered critical and audience acclaim as well as further touring opportunities.

In 2017, Culture Ireland will host a networking event to facilitate direct engagement with international promoters in Edinburgh for the festivals. This is targeted at those involved in the theatre, dance and literature showcase programme as well as those selected to travel through this open call.

Culture Ireland invites applications from those who wish to be part of the Irish delegation to attend this networking event to promote their work to international arts industry presenters and promoters in Edinburgh on Tuesday 22nd August 2017 (mid-afternoon). A travel grant of €300 will be awarded to successful applicants.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of:

• The suitability of the project/work for promotion to international delegates in Edinburgh.
• The track record of the artist/company in presenting work abroad.
• The list of international contacts interested in the work of the artist/company.
• The capacity of the artist/company to avail of opportunities to tour internationally in 2017/18.
• Artists and companies who have projects planned for Britain in 2018 as part of Culture Ireland’s focus on Britain.

Applicants must be available to be in Edinburgh on the afternoon of Tuesday 22nd August 2017 to attend the Culture Ireland international networking event.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday 9th June 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: In the case of a company, only one application for either an artist or company manager will be eligible for consideration.  Artists and/or companies already in receipt of Culture Ireland support to showcase in Edinburgh this year are not eligible to apply.

Click here to submit an application.

Posted: 08.06.17

Invitation to Apply to Participate in Culture Ireland’s Delegation at the Edinburgh Festivals, 2017

Invitation to Apply to Participate in Culture Ireland’s Delegation at the Edinburgh Festivals, 2017

2017 is a landmark year for the Edinburgh Festivals as it marks the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of the International Festival and the Fringe Festival.

Over the years. the Edinburgh Festivals have offered an important platform for Irish artists to gain international recognition for their work. In recent years, productions featured as part of Culture Ireland’s Edinburgh Showcase programme have garnered critical and audience acclaim as well as further touring opportunities.

In 2017, Culture Ireland will host a networking event to facilitate direct engagement with international promoters in Edinburgh for the festivals. This is targeted at those involved in the theatre, dance and literature showcase programme as well as those selected to travel through this open call.

Culture Ireland invites applications from those who wish to be part of the Irish delegation to attend this networking event to promote their work to international arts industry presenters and promoters in Edinburgh on Tuesday 22nd August 2017 (mid-afternoon). A travel grant of €300 will be awarded to successful applicants.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of:

• The suitability of the project/work for promotion to international delegates in Edinburgh.
• The track record of the artist/company in presenting work abroad.
• The list of international contacts interested in the work of the artist/company.
• The capacity of the artist/company to avail of opportunities to tour internationally in 2017/18.
• Artists and companies who have projects planned for Britain in 2018 as part of Culture Ireland’s focus on Britain.

Applicants must be available to be in Edinburgh on the afternoon of Tuesday 22nd August 2017 to attend the Culture Ireland international networking event.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday 9th June 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: In the case of a company, only one application for either an artist or company manager will be eligible for consideration.  Artists and/or companies already in receipt of Culture Ireland support to showcase in Edinburgh this year are not eligible to apply.

Click here to submit an application.

Posted: 08.06.17

Enda Walsh’s Rooms at Irish Arts Centre, New York

Enda Walsh’s Rooms at Irish Arts Centre, New York

Enda Walshs Rooms has been extended to the 4th June 2017.

Following the hugely successful run of Enda Walsh’s Arlington at St Ann’s Warehouse New York, Enda Walsh’s Rooms, continues at Cybert Tire, the future home of the new Irish Arts Centre, New York. 

Rooms, described by Ben Brantley in the New York Times as:

"Haunting, contemplative…the voices of Charlie Murphy, Eileen Walsh and Niall Buggy are guaranteed to take up residence in your head”

Posted: 01.06.17

Edinburgh International Film Festival Programme Launched

Edinburgh International Film Festival Programme Launched

The 71st Edinburgh Film Festival is taking place from 21st June – 2nd July this year.

The programme is available now and Culture Ireland is delighted to be part of it by helping some great films get there:

The Farthest

Emer Reynolds’ mesmerising documentary follows the amazing story of the Voyager 1 mission, the first man-made object to leave our solar system and head off into deep space.

Maudie

Sally Hawkins is at her best is this engaging and gently moving period drama, depicting the real-life story of Maud Lewis, a talented painter who refused to be hindered by her severe arthritis and went on to become one of Canada’s best-known folk artists.

It's Not Yet Dark

It's Not Yet Dark tells the ground breaking story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a talented young Irish film maker with ALS (MND), as he embarks on directing his first feature film through the use of his eyes and eye gaze technology.

Pilgrimage

In 13th century Ireland a group of monks must escort a sacred relic across an Irish landscape fraught with peril.

Halal Daddy

Young Muslim Raghdan Aziz (Nikesh Patel) struggles to deal with cultural and generational chaos after his domineering father (Art Malik), in a bid to get his son back into his life, takes over a rundown abattoir in the West of Ireland, making it Halal.

Check out the full programme here.

Posted: 31.05.17

TALKING TRANSLATION

TALKING TRANSLATION

‘Talking Translation’ is a series of lectures and discussions taking place as part of the International Literature Festival in Dublin tomorrow, 26th May 2017.

On May 26th The Trinity Centre For Literary Translation will host a variety of discussions on the challenges of Translation.  The first discussion, Towards 2022: The Irish Language Derogation in the EU will be delivered by Dr Aodhán Mac Cormaic, the Director of Irish in the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

On May 27th 2017 conversations between various authors and their translators will take place at the Drury Buildings.  Among the guests are Paul Fournel, Paul McVeigh and Rasha Kayat who will be accompanied by their translators Hans-Christian Oeser and Sinead Crowe.

The events are organised by the French and German Embassies in Ireland, the Goethe-Institut Irland and Literature Ireland.

Click here for more details.

 

 

Image:Rasha Khayat

Posted: 25.05.17

President Higgins visits the 57th Venice Art Biennale

President Higgins visits the 57th Venice Art Biennale

President Higgins and his wife Sabine visited the 57th Venice Art Biennale on Sunday 21st May 2017.

At the Irish Pavilion they were greeted by Christine Sisk, Director of Culture Ireland who introduced them to Irish artist Jesse Jones and curator Tessa Giblin.  

Jesse’s exhibition “Tremble Treble” has been Internationally well received and has attracted high visitor numbers since the opening and President Higgins and Sabine are said to have really enjoyed their visit. 

They also visited the International Exhibition in the Arsenale where they viewed many of the installations including one by Berlin based Irish artist Mariechen Danz.   Among the pavilions in the Giardini they visited the Dutch Pavilion, where Lucy Cotter is curator of the exhibition “Cinema Olanda”  by Dutch artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh.

*Photo by Maxwells

Posted: 25.05.17

Richard Mosse wins Prix Pictet world’s leading photography award

Richard Mosse wins Prix Pictet world’s leading photography award

One of the most prestigious photography prizes in the world has been awarded to Kilkenny's Richard Mosse for his Heat Map series of images.

The €92,000 Prix Pictet prize was presented to him on May 4th by Honorary President Kofi Annan at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Mosse exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and was supported by Culture Ireland to showcase his work in the Barbican this year.

To see more of Richard Mosse work click here.

Posted: 15.05.17

Culture Ireland at Classical: NEXT 2017

Culture Ireland at Classical: NEXT 2017

Culture Ireland leads an Irish delegation to Classical:NEXT which takes place next week in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 17 to 20 May 2017.

Classical:NEXT is an international Showcase and industry conference aimed at the classical and contemporary music sector.

The four-day networking event, marking its 6th edition in 2017, includes an international expo, showcase concerts and a trade event with presentation of projects and services. Further information of the event is available here.

In addition to taking a trade stand at the event, Culture Ireland has supported representatives from the following organisations to travel to the event to meet international programmers and presenters and develop further their international contacts:

Majella Hollywood, Chamber Choir Ireland
Evonne Ferguson, Contemporary Music Centre
Neva Elliott, Crash Ensemble
Brian Irvine, Dumbworld
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Ergodos
Cian Elliott, Irish Baroque Orchestra
Gerard Keenan, Irish Chamber Orchestra
Brian Carson, Moving on Music
Deirdre Moynihan, Music Network

The delegation will also be joined by representatives from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Commenting on this year’s participation, Evonne Ferguson, Director of the Contemporary Music Centre said: “Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland is delighted to travel this year as part of the Irish delegation to Classical:NEXT 2017, supported by Culture Ireland. Having attended in 2015 and 2016, in our work to highlight contemporary music from Ireland, it was very clear to us that C:N offers significant promotional opportunities for Irish composers and performers of contemporary and classical music. This year the Irish stand will present a focus for the international delegates to engage with the vibrancy and diversity of music coming from this island.”

Culture Ireland’s Trade Stand is No 11 in the Expo Hall at the De Doelen venue in Rotterdam.

You can follow the delegation’s progress through the hashtags #musicfromireland and #cnext17.

Posted: 11.05.17

Culture Ireland in Britain 2018 – Calls for Expressions of Interest

Culture Ireland in Britain 2018 – Calls for Expressions of Interest

Culture Ireland will support a special focus of activity in Britain in 2018.

Culture Ireland will present a vibrant, contemporary and high quality programme including a range of events across artistic disciplines in high-profile venues, institutions and festivals in Britain and build on Ireland's special history and relationship with its nearest neighbour.

Following the successes of previous programme strands (Imagining Ireland in 2011, Culture Connects across the EU in 2013, I Am Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme), this new initiative will create new opportunities for artists and companies across artforms to perform across Britain as well as develop their networks of contacts.

Culture Ireland invites proposals from artists and presenters interested in participating in this special programme – including, from companies who already have outline plans for work to be presented in Britain during 2018.

Proposals for tours to multiple locations are welcomed.

Outline projects are requested to be submitted by Friday 26 May 2017 and further proposals may be considered on a rolling basis at a later stage, if funding permits.

Applications may be made by Irish artists and companies or by international presenters, and should include as much budget information as possible, including supplementary material if needed.

The submission should be no longer than one page, submitted to info@cultureireland.gov.ie, entitled  Britain 2018 and should contain:

• An outline of the concept of the proposed presentation
• A description of the media you propose to deliver the project
• An outline of your approach to the practical realisation of the presentation
• A list of the proposed participants if relevant
• An outline of how your proposal will showcase Irish creativity development over the past centenary and/or highlight Ireland's contemporary creative strengths

Applications are welcome from Irish professional artist/s or arts organisation and companies that are based on the island of Ireland or abroad.  Grants will follow Culture Ireland’s usual Terms and Conditions with supports directed towards travel and travel-related costs

Photo from Imagining Home at the Royal Festival Hall in London in April 2016, part of Culture Ireland’s I Am Ireland initiative, part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

Posted: 04.05.17

Poetry Day Ireland

Poetry Day Ireland

Poetry Day Ireland is a major one-day festival of Irish poets and poetry at home and abroad and this year's theme is 'Poetry Connects'.

The day is embraced by many with poetry events held in libraries, bookshops, arts centres, schools, hotels, night clubs, bars, cafes and street corners! To find out today's celebrations please click here.

If you'd like to attend more events during the year, Culture Ireland is supporting 6 international Poetry events in the coming months.

May

Readings by Irish poets at Hamburgs first Irish Literature Festival, "WestWords" in Hamburg, Germany from 19 - 21 May 2017

Readings by Louis de Paor and Ailbhe Ni Ghairbuigh at the launch of Louis de Paor's anthology, 'Poems of Repossession', and Ailbhe Ni Ghairbuigh's 'The Coast Road' at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester on 13 May 2017

Participation by Irish poet Elaine Feeney at the International Poetry Spring festival in Vilnius and other places in Lithuania from 24 - 29 May 2017

June

Participation by Irish poets Rita Ann Higgins, Jane Clarke and Louis de Paor at the 21st Ledbury Poetry Festival in the UK from 30 June - 9 July 2017

Poet Phil Lynch will participate in TradFest Belgium which is commencing 12 June, 2017.

There will be a Poetry reading and presentation of films from Ó Bhéal International and a poetry-film competition by Paul Casey at The Poemaria International Poetry Festival in Spain from 16 - 18 June 2017

If you’re still looking for a poetry fix, check out Poetry Irelands facebook page for a live video to hear some of your favourite poems from Tara Flynn, Sinead Burke, Marie Heaney, Cait O'Riordan, Marian Richardson, Joe Biden, Gary Lightbody, and more!

Posted: 27.04.17

Ireland at Showcase Scotland 2018

Ireland at Showcase Scotland 2018

Culture Ireland invites applications from Musicians and Bands who wish to participate in Showcase Scotland (31 January to 4 February 2018) as part of Celtic Connections 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic Connections is one of the leading annual festivals of world, folk and roots music with more than 2,000 musicians from across the globe take part in 300 events at 20 Glasgow venues over 18 days. Each year, during Celtic Connections, Showcase Scotland partners with a country offering a showcase opportunity for a selected number of bands. Ireland is the international partner for 2018 Celtic Connections coinciding with its 25th anniversary year.

Selected Bands will perform as part of the Showcase Scotland event (Fri 2 February 2018) in front of an invited audience of approximately 180 international delegates, made up of industry professionals, agents, and festival and venue programmers. In addition, bands will be programmed to perform in Celtic Connections.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

-Established musicians with a track record of national and international performance (Bands, ensembles and solo artists are all acceptable)

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

-the artist(s) must demonstrate that they are in a position to capitalise on this Showcase opportunity including availability of promotional materials and management or agency support
-quality of production and presentation
-evidence of positive independent critical recognition

Applicants should submit through the Culture Ireland Showcase application system – you can start your application by clicking here.

Culture Ireland will prepare a shortlist of artists from the applicants and the final selection will be made by the Showcase Scotland team.

Applicants should include:

-High Quality Video footage of the band in performance.
-MP3s of at least three audio tracks

The closing date for applications is Friday 19 May 2017 at 5pm.

Posted: 24.04.17

Minister Humphreys announces €700,000 in funding for Irish arts globally

Minister Humphreys announces €700,000 in funding for Irish arts globally

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Friday) announced funding of almost €700,000 by Culture Ireland to 122 Irish artists and arts organisations to present their work worldwide.  

The projects, covering circus, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts will enable Irish artists to present their work in 35 different countries and build on Ireland's strong global reputation for creativity.

Highlights include a focus on Irish theatre in Canada in early 2017; an exhibition by SO Fine Art Editions at the Chinretsukan Gallery, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo; and a presentation by Mouth on Fire Theatre Company of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in Tokyo and Kyoto, as part of a programme of cultural events to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan. 

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“This support provided through my Department by Culture Ireland enables increasing audience numbers to experience Irish artists, who most capably articulate a sense of Ireland's imaginative and creative strengths globally. It is through the work of our artists that many experience Ireland, appreciate our creative capabilities and are encouraged to engage further with our country.

“Presenting their work overseas provides Irish artists with opportunities to access wider audiences and forge new relationships with international venues and organisations. As the promoter of Irish arts internationally, Culture Ireland plays an invaluable role in developing platforms to present outstanding Irish work to international audiences.”

Other highlights from this round of funding include a bilingual presentation by Moonfish Theatre of Galway of "Star of the Sea", which will tour in the US to New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Kansas in September 2017. Twelve Irish traditional bands are being supported to tour to the major festivals in the US this summer, some of which attract audiences of around 100,000. Contemporary dance companies will present their work across Europe and Swan Lake / Loch na hEala by Teac Damsa, a highlight of Dublin Theatre Festival in 2016 will tour to the UK, Russia and Australia from May - December 2017.

Art galleries are being supported to present the work of Irish artists at key art fairs, including Art Basel, Switzerland. Macnas to present a large-scale spectacle, night time parade to an expected audience of 50,000 as part of Hull City of Culture, UK on 11 November 2017, forging important connections for Galway which has been awarded European Capital of Culture 2020.

Find further details on the projects here.

Pic: Teac Damsa- Swan Lake/Loch na hEala https://vimeo.com/189640527 

Posted: 21.04.17

Expansion of Irish representation at Newport Beach Film Festival 2017

Expansion of Irish representation at Newport Beach Film Festival 2017

Culture Ireland support for the attendance of Newport Beach Festival at Galway Film Fleadh in 2016 to view newly released Irish films has resulted in a greatly expanded  programme of Irish films this year at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Ten feature films and two Irish Short Programs with a total of 14 short films will be screened with film artists, supported by Culture Ireland in attendance between 20 and 27 April. For details of programme click here

Posted: 06.04.17

Culture Ireland Edinburgh Showcase 2017

Culture Ireland Edinburgh Showcase 2017

As some companies have received late venue confirmation for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Culture Ireland is accepting new applications for consideration for inclusion in the Culture Ireland Edinburgh Showcase Programme.

To facilitate their possible inclusion in the Culture Ireland programme, we are re-opening for applications for a strictly limited time.

Companies should submit applications through the Showcase strand on the Culture Ireland website here with clear evidence that venue invitation was received after 1 March. These must be received by Tuesday 11th April 2017 at 5pm.

Previous 2017 Edinburgh Showcase Applicants should not re-apply.

Applications must meet the following eligibility criteria:

             • the proposed work must have been presented professionally in Ireland prior to March 2017
             • work may not have already had international presentation
             • have confirmed performances, presented as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in a significant venue

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

             • quality of production and presentation
             • evidence of positive independent critical recognition
             • evidence of financial and promotional commitment by Edinburgh venue
             • capacity of the artist or company to avail of touring opportunities arising from inclusion in the Edinburgh showcase

Supporting documentation MUST include:

             • a detailed production budget including all sources of projected income and expenditure
             • copies of reviews received to date
             • invite from the venue
             • High quality production images

If you have specific queries regarding this, please contact: ciaran.walsh@cultureireland.gov.ie

Pic: Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson in Dublin Oldschool by Emmet Kirwan produced by Project Arts Centre (2016 Culture Ireland Edinburgh Showcase Production)

Posted: 05.04.17

Jesse Jones exhibition opened at the 57th International Art Exhibition last week

Jesse Jones exhibition opened at the 57th International Art Exhibition last week

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD  announced that Jesse Jones has been chosen to represent Ireland at the 57th International Art Exhibition in Venice. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council.

With a practice that is grounded in film and performance, Jones is creating an artwork entitled Tremble Tremble which she describes as a ‘bewitching’ of the judicial system. The title is inspired by the 1970s Italian wages for housework movement, during which women chanted: ‘Tremate, tremate, le streghe sono tornate! (Tremble, tremble, the witches have returned!)’ Jones is collaborating with theatre artist Olwen Fouéré, and sound artist Susan Stenger, who are together creating an artwork that extends across the pavilion as an expanded form of cinema.

Speaking at the launch Minister Humphreys said:

“Jesse Jones joins a list of outstanding artists who have represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, many of whom have gone on to achieve major international reputations. I know Jesse already has a global reputation and I hope that her exhibition at Venice, Tremble Tremble, will attract the international interest it deserves and increase her international opportunities"

“The Venice Biennale has for a century held its place as the most important international showcase for visual arts and in recent years has attracted some 400,000 visitors, representing a huge opportunity for Irish artists. The Venice Biennale represents Culture Ireland's largest financial commitment to international showcasing of visual arts and the Arts Council's largest commitment to developing visual artists' international practice.”

Tessa Giblin, the Curator of this year’s exhibition says:

“Working with Jesse Jones this last year as we’ve built the project towards Venice has been working with an artist whose eclectic research seems to be somehow pouring into the Pavilion.  Many artworks are made and refined in the security of a studio or editing suite, but Tremble Tremble will be edited and mixed on site, in the room, really like an expanded form of cinema. Tremble Tremble is really presenting us with a work that’s embedded in research and historical findings, but is also a very personal, fantastical creation."

Jesse Jones has been researching the ways in which the law transmits memory between generations and over time. Her research weaves between an archeological dig of a 3.5 million year old female specimen, to the suppressed voices of the witch trials of the 16th century Europe, the symphysiotomy trials, and abortion legislation in Ireland today. The new world order to be found in Tremble Tremble churns testimony, published statements and new lyrics into a towering bodily incantation.

Since 2005 Culture Ireland and the Arts Council have partnered on supporting Ireland's representation at Venice given the ongoing platform it offers artists to reach an international audience, including curators and gallerists of close to 100,000 as well as its significance for the artists' and curators' development.

Interview with Jesse Jones: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/are-we-going-to-let-them-burn-us-at-the-stake-again-jesse-jones-s-bewitching-art-1.3037756

Posted: 04.04.17

Voices from Ireland to feature at the 2017 Göteborg Book Fair

Voices from Ireland to feature at the 2017 Göteborg Book Fair

This year’s Göteborg Book Fair through its theme - Voices from Ireland - will promote Irish literature and new Irish writing.

The 2017 edition will be held in Göteborg, Sweden from 28 September  – 1 October 2017.

A selection of Irish writers, including internationally renowned award winners and emerging artists, will form the Voices from Ireland theme at the Fair. Founded in 1985, the event is the largest book fair in Scandanavia attracting 900 exhibitors and over 100,000 visitors.

Five years after its first participation at the Göteborg Book Fair, Literature Ireland, the resource organisation promoting Irish writers and writing abroad, will host an Irish stand at the book fair and present a programme of seminars and readings featuring Irish writers over the four-day event. Literature Ireland’s international activity is supported by Culture Ireland.

The announcement of this special initiative coincided with the visit to Sweden during the St. Patrick’s Day events by Heather Humphreys, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

’I am very pleased to confirm that a number of prominent Irish authors will attend this year’s book fair. This is a wonderful opportunity for leading Irish literary talent to showcase their work, while audiences in Göteborg will also be treated to a selection of the finest contemporary Irish writing,’ commented Minister Humphreys.

Irish authors already confirmed for the 107 include Sara Baume, Rob Doyle and John Minihan.

Daniel Levin, the Fair’s programme director added: ’We’re very happy to present the Voices from Ireland theme and the collaboration with Literature Ireland. We know that the book fair audience have a great interest in Irish literature and are looking forward to welcoming these authors to Göteborg Book Fair this fall”.

For further information on the Göteburg Book Fair, please click here.

For further information on Literature Ireland, please click here.

Caption for pic:

Sara Baume who will feature at the 2017 Göteborg Book Fair. Image (C) Patrick Bolger

Posted: 27.03.17

Ireland at Jazzahead! 2017 trade fair begins this week

Ireland at Jazzahead! 2017 trade fair begins this week

Culture Ireland is pleased to announce details of the delegation who will be travelling to Jazzahead! which takes place in Bremen, Germany from 27 to 30 April 2017.

Working with the Improvised Music Company and following an open call, bursaries have been offered to three individuals who will attend the event representing a range of artists and organisations. This should provide for enhanced international and networking opportunities.

The three delegates who have received Culture Ireland support are:

          • Suzanne Savage – representing The Savage Five
          • Jonathan Pearson – representing This is How We Fly and others
          • Chris Guilfoyle – representing Umbra

The delegates will work with IMC to capitalise on this support.

Jazzahead! is now one of the most important international professional market for jazz and improvised music. The four-day event attracts more than 3,000 industry attendees from over 55 countries, including hundreds of concert and festival bookers, labels, publishers, distributors, managers and the world's media. Since its formation in 2006 Jazzahead! has become the principal annual showcase for the jazz industry throughout Europe and increasingly Asia, the US and Canada.

Culture Ireland is supporting this limited delegation in 2017 to allow for examination of a possible expanded presence at the event in 2018.

Kenneth Killeen, Director of IMC, commented: “This is an important opportunity for Irish jazz professionals. Ireland has a lot to offer musically across a wide range of genres. This delegation will increase the visibility of Irish jazz practitioners and, by association, the viability of securing work for them abroad. Thanks to the support of Culture Ireland, Irish musicians will benefit from the exposure required to capitalize on the sectors most important annual trade show and showcasing event. We look forward to working together with them to ensure Irish jazz is on an equal footing with its European counterparts.”

Further information on Jazzahead! is available here.

Image: Top: The Savage Five Bottom Left: Chris Guilfoyle Bottom Right: This is How We Fly

Posted: 27.03.17

New Literature Ireland Stand unveiled at the 2017 London Book Fair

New Literature Ireland Stand unveiled at the 2017 London Book Fair

The 2017 London Book Fair took place just ahead of St. Patrick’s Day from 14 to 16 March at London’s Olympia venue.

As in recent years, Literature Ireland managed Ireland’s national stand, supported by Culture Ireland, and featured many of Ireland’s independent publishers.  The London Book Fair is a key industry event for the global publishing industry.

This year Literature Ireland had over forty meetings with literary agents, international publishers and book fair organisers over the course of the three days. In addition, it was the first presentation of the redesigned Irish stand, which was created with funding from Culture Ireland.

For the first time at the London Fair, a selection of Irish literary journals was promoted at this year’s fair which garnered a lot of attention and highlighted the recent enthusiasm that surrounds new Irish writers.

Literature Ireland was delighted to secure the same prime location for the Ireland national stand as 2015 and 2016. The Irish location is now established and is located on the balcony of the main hall, visible to all those making their way to the second floor at the venue, and en route to the busy and important Rights centre, where the influential London literary agents are based. This highly visible and accessible location proved to be a success in term of footfall and cold calls to the Ireland at London national stand.

Organisations featured at the Irish stand included:

Cló Iar-Chonnacht              Publishing Ireland
Mercier Press                     Roads Publishing
O’Brien Press                     Royal Irish Academy


Further information on Literature Ireland’s activities is available here.
 

Posted: 24.03.17

“How to Keep an Alien” by Sonya Kelly

“How to Keep an Alien” by Sonya Kelly

Rough Magic’s production of  "How to Keep an Alien" by Sonya Kelly opened a tour of three prestigious festivals in New Zealand from  22 March - 9 April 2017 at Auckland Arts Festival to a packed house

The show was showcased by Culture Ireland at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 and as a result gained valuable touring opportunities.

Auckland Arts Festival and The Festival of Colour, Wanaka are familiar to Irish theatre companies and the Upsurge in Bay of Islands Festival is a welcome new addition.

Posted: 23.03.17

Thirteen Irish Acts appear at South by Southwest (SXSW) as part of Music From Ireland Programme

Thirteen Irish Acts appear at South by Southwest (SXSW) as part of Music From Ireland Programme

New Irish artists showcase on the world’s biggest stage with support from Culture Ireland and First Music Contact

First Music Contact and Culture Ireland have announced details of artists who will present Music from Ireland at SXSW 2017, bringing Ireland’s finest exports to showcase globally. 

The SXSW Music Festival is one of the largest and most influential global music industry events of the year, taking place every March in Austin, Texas.  At the 2016 edition, over 67 countries were represented amongst the 2,200-plus official performers.

Record labels, booking agencies, management, export offices, publishers, media outlets, festivals, and more curate showcases with brand new, developing and established talent looking to enhance their careers, gain unparalleled promotional exposure, and reach new audiences.

Music From Ireland will showcase at this year’s SXSW Music in Austin, Texas at The Velveetta Room on St Patrick’s Day (Friday 17 March) and the now infamous Full Irish Breakfast at BD Riley’s on 6th Street, (Thursday 16 March) 

Following on from the success of Eurosonic 2017, the acts showcasing at SXSW 17 are listed below. The Music from Ireland initiative will see further showcases later this year in strong markets for Irish music including The Great Escape, Canadian Music Week, Reeperbahn Hamburg, M for Montreal, Iceland Airwaves and MONDO NYC.

A.S. Fanning                                                                               New Portals

Birds of Olympus                                                                        Picture This

Ciaran Lavery                                                                              Robocobra Quartet

Cloud Castle Lake                                                                       Ryan Vail

EMBRZ                                                                                        Silences

Jealous of the Birds                                                                    The Academic

Loah

Full details including times and venue details are available on the Music from Ireland website.

Many emerging Irish musicians have had substantial successes at SXSW in the past and have gone on to become household names. SXSW Music Programmer Casper Mills commented: “With past festival showcase line-ups including Villagers, Lisa Hannigan, James Vincent McMorrow, Saint Sister.  Villagers, Rusangano Family, Hozier, Kodaline, and many, many more, Music from Ireland’s official SXSW showcase is always a highlight for us and the international delegates who come to SXSW to do business.”

The track record of successes of the Music from Ireland programme at South by Southwest has been substantial in recent years and both Culture Ireland and First Music Contact are committed to expanding on this with the current crop of emerging Irish talent.

In addition to music, South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in March celebrate the convergence of the interactive and film industries. In 2017 Culture Ireland is supporting the screening of Song of Granite a feature film by acclaimed director Pat Collins at the SXSW Film Festival, Texas on 12 March 2017. Song of Granite revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney who was shaped in part by the harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables and songs of his Connemara childhood.

For further information on the Music from Ireland programme, please go to: http://musicfromireland.org/

For further information on South by Southwest, please go to: https://www.sxsw.com/



 

Posted: 07.03.17

Culture Irelands St Patrick’s Day Programme

Culture Irelands St Patrick’s Day Programme

Culture Ireland again in 2017 will present a programme of high quality Irish arts around St Patrick’s Day period using this unique platform to raise the profile of Irish artists globally

Highlights include a three day festival centred around Trafalgar Square, London, more information here.

literary events at Boston Public Library, Irish week in Moscow and high profile Irish traditional musicians in Centre Cultural Paris and touring in the US. Find the programme here.

 

Image: Macnas at St. Patrick's Day Festival in London 2016

Posted: 28.02.17

Culture Ireland Supporting Attendance at Jazzahead! (April 2017)

Culture Ireland Supporting Attendance at Jazzahead! (April 2017)

Culture Ireland is inviting applications from artists, labels and promoters for support for attendance at Jazzahead! taking place in Bremen, Germany from 27 to 30 April 2017.

JAZZAHEAD is now one of the most important international professional market for jazz and improvised music all persuasions. The four-day event attracts more than 3000 industry attendees from over 55 countries, including hundreds of concert and festival bookers, labels, publishers, distributors, managers and the world's media. Since its formation in 2006 JAZZAHEAD has become the principal annual showcase for the jazz industry throughout Europe and increasingly Asia, the US and Canada. Further information of the event is available here.

Working with the Improvised Music Company, Culture Ireland is examining the feasibility of an expanded Irish presence at the event from 2018 onwards.

For 2017, Culture Ireland is offering a very limited number of delegate bursaries aimed at those artists, managers, members of resource organisations and companies who have a track record of achievement in the contemporary jazz genre. Experience of touring internationally, the availability of excellent promotional material a clear demonstration of the benefits of your attendance at Jazzahead! is also essential.

Attendees will also be asked to submit a short report about their experience including recommendations of future Irish involvement at the event.

The award (€600 per delegate) is towards the costs of return flights, registration and a contribution towards accommodation and subsistence.

Only one delegate bursary will be awarded per organisation.

Applicants should apply online to Culture Ireland. Click here to apply.

The deadline for proposals is Monday 6th March 2017.

Posted: 24.02.17

Culture Ireland Delegation at Folk Alliance International

Culture Ireland Delegation at Folk Alliance International

Continuing its expanded presence at Folk Alliance International in 2017, Culture Ireland is leading a delegation of Irish musicians and supporting six artists who have been selected to participate in their Official Showcase programme in Kansas City, Missouri from 15 – 19 February 2017.

These artists are:

Baile an Salsa
Tiz McNamara
Orlagh de Bhaldraithe
Hermitage Green
Aindrias de Staic
Socks in the Frying Pan

The annual February conference (now in its 29th year) with the  2017 theme of Forbidden Fruit -  draws over 2,000 artists and industry (agents, managers, publishers, labels, festival/venue presenters, promoters, media) dedicated to folk music. Delegates who attended the 2016 conference represented 17 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Scandinavia, Mexico, and Japan.

In addition to their Showcase performances, Culture Ireland is presenting a special Showcase event in association with Mid-America Arts Alliance. This will consist of short acoustic performance by each of the six artists in front of an invited audience of US-based programmers and presenters.

Culture Ireland will host a stand in the Trade Exhibition Hall (Stand 305.)

Further details of Folk Alliance International including schedule of the entire event is available here.

 

 

Posted: 13.02.17

2017 Newport Beach Film Festival Seeks Irish Film Submissions

2017 Newport Beach Film Festival Seeks Irish Film Submissions

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) has announced its call for Entries for Irish films. The Festival will take place April 20 – 27, 2017 in the City of Newport Beach, located just south of Hollywood near Los Angeles.

Celebrated as one of the leading film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Southern California the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to a first-class international film selection, the Festival screens a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe.

In addition to Culture Ireland, the Festival partners with Irish film organisations including the Galway Film Fleadh, the Irish Film Institute, the Irish Film and TV Academy, the Richard Harris International Film Festival and the Irish Film Board.

The selected Irish films will be eligible for audience and Festival awards and the Festival will assist participating Irish filmmakers with outreach and promotion to various film industry executives and media.

The Festival has a strong history of presenting Irish films and engaged audiences interested in Irish cinema and culture. Past notable Irish films that screened at the Festival included Song’s for Amy, My Name is Emily, Life’s A Breeze, Gold, You’re Ugly Too and The O’Brien’s.

In order to qualify, films must have a completion date of 1 January 2016 or later and must not be available on the internet or broadcast nationally on cable or satellite television in the United States prior to the Festival screening in order to be eligible.

Details for 2017 NBFF Submissions:

Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 17, 2017
NBFF waiver code for Irish film submissions: IE2017
For more submission information, please visit www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com

PLEASE NOTE APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THE NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL AND NOT CULTURE IRELAND

Closing Fate: 17 February 2017

Picture: My Name is Emily (Ireland, 2015) Dir: Simon Fitzmaurice. Screened as part of the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival

Posted: 09.02.17

Culture Ireland At Classical: NEXT (May 2017)

Culture Ireland At Classical: NEXT (May 2017)

Culture Ireland is inviting applications to join the Irish delegation at Classical: NEXT taking place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 17 to 20 May 2017.

Classical:NEXT is an international Showcase and industry conference aimed at the classical and contemporary music sector. 

The four-day networking event, marking its 6th edition in 2017, includes an international expo, showcase concerts and a trade event with presentation of projects and services. Further information of the event is available here.

This will be the first time that Culture Ireland has taken a stand at the event and active participation by the sector will be critical in ensuring successful outcomes and possible future involvement by Culture Ireland.

Culture Ireland is offering a limited number of delegate bursaries aimed at those artists, managers, members of resource organisations and companies who have a track record of achievement in the classical and contemporary music sector, touring internationally, have excellent promotional material available and who would benefit from attending the event to promote their work or organisation.

It is a condition of support that delegates attend at the Culture Ireland stand for particular periods, based on a schedule agreed in advance.

The award (€750 per delegate) is towards the costs of return flights, registration and a contribution towards accommodation and subsistence.

Only one delegate bursary will be awarded per organisation.

Applicants should apply online to Culture Ireland. Click here to apply.


The deadline for submission of completed applications for a delegate bursary is Friday 24th February 2017 to ensure inclusion in the Classical: NEXT Guide. Successful applicants will be notified during the week of 27th February 2017.

Posted: 06.02.17

CALLS FOR SHOWCASE PROPOSALS NOW OPEN FOR WOMEX 2017

CALLS FOR SHOWCASE PROPOSALS NOW OPEN FOR WOMEX 2017

Artists wishing to participate in the Official Showcase Programme should now apply to WOMEX for consideration.

WOMEX is one of the most important international professional market for world music of every kind including folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music. The four-day event attracts in excess of 2,000 delegates from over 90 countries, including hundreds of concert and festival bookers, labels, publishers, distributors, managers and the world's media.  In 2017, WOMEX will take place from 25 to 29 October in Katowice, Poland.

Culture Ireland has led a delegation of musicians, agents and promoters to WOMEX since 2010 and supported selected bands to perform at this key showcase event.

Culture Ireland's presence at WOMEX is as a partner in Horizons, an initiative of music export and cultural agencies from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In addition to attending networking events and showcase performances, the Irish delegates are also required to attend at the Horizons stand.

Proposals can be made only through the online proposal system run by WOMEX.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, 17 March 2017. Early birds can get a discount on administration fees before Friday, 24 February (applications for conference sessions, DJ-cases and short films are free).

To find more information about the proposals process, see the Submit a Proposal page on the WOMEX website, or go straight to the proposal site.

Culture Ireland will run a delegates’ call for individuals (artists, management, agents, resource organisations) later in 2017.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL THE PROPOSALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE ONLINE WOMEX SYSTEM AND NOT TO CULTURE IRELAND.

Posted: 02.02.17

Culture Ireland invites applications for inclusion in Edinburgh Fringe Festival Showcase Programme

Culture Ireland invites applications for inclusion in Edinburgh Fringe Festival Showcase Programme

The Fringe offers an important and unique platform for Irish theatre and dance artists to gain international recognition for their work and to generate further international touring opportunities.

2017 marks the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of the Festivals in Edinburgh, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Previous participants (2016 participants pictured above) in Culture Ireland’s Showcase Programme have garnered awards, critical acclaim and new audiences in Edinburgh and have as a result furthered their international profiles.

The objectives of Culture Ireland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival Showcase Programme are:

• to showcase high quality Irish performances
• to generate further international touring opportunities
• to build Irish artists' connections with festival and venue presenters, producers and promoters

Applications must meet the following eligibility criteria:

• the proposed work must have been presented professionally in Ireland prior to March 2017
• work may not have already had international presentation
• have confirmed performances, presented as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in a significant venue

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

• quality of production and presentation
• evidence of positive independent critical recognition
• evidence of financial and promotional commitment by Edinburgh venue
• capacity of the artist or company to avail of touring opportunities arising from inclusion in the Edinburgh showcase

Culture Ireland Support:

Culture Ireland will offer funding to successful applicants towards travel and accommodation costs. Culture Ireland will promote the successful applicants by means of a printed programme and a networking event.  A representative from the production must be available to attend the Culture Ireland’s networking event in Edinburgh to meet with international presenters.

How to apply:

Applicants must complete and submit a Showcase application online. Click here to submit application.  Supporting documentation MUST include:

• a detailed production budget including all sources of projected income and expenditure
• copies of reviews received to date
• invite from the venue
• High quality production images

Applications must be submitted online before the deadline of midnight Monday 27 February, 2017.

 

Pic: It Folds produced Junk Ensemble & Brokentalkers as part of Culture Ireland’s 2016 Edinburgh Showcase Programme. Credit: Luca Truffarelli

Posted: 01.02.17

IRELAND ANNOUNCED AS INTERNATIONAL PARTNER FOR CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2018

IRELAND ANNOUNCED AS INTERNATIONAL PARTNER FOR CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2018

Ireland will be the international partner for Celtic Connections in the festival’s 25th anniversary year, 2018.

Celtic Connections is one of the leading annual festivals of world, folk and roots music and sees more than 2,000 musicians from across the globe take part in 300 events at 20 Glasgow venues over 18 days.

Each year, Celtic Connections partners with a country to help create new international links and advance opportunities for their musicians.

For 2018, Ireland is the selected country and Celtic Connections is working in partnership with Culture Ireland to present both leading and emerging Irish artists at the festival.

In 2018 Irish bands will perform at the leading music industry event taking place during the festival, Showcase Scotland, providing opportunities for these musicians to gain exposure in front of attending promoters, festival directors and record label representatives.

Details of the Irish music stars selected to perform in 2018 will be announced as part of the Celtic Connections programme announcement in autumn 2017.

The new partnership builds on the richest of traditions, which has seen an incredible range of Irish musicians take to the Celtic Connections stages since the festival started in 1994. From the Chieftains (who starred in the first Celtic Connections), to Van Morrison, Clannad, and Clare born accordionist, fiddler and whistle player Sharon Shannon - whose concert closed that inaugural festival and who is among the Irish artists playing at Celtic Connections 2017.

This year’s festival, which runs until Sunday 5 February, is packed with Irish musicians including Altan, Dervish, Beoga, Damien Dempsey, The Bonnymen and Four Men and a Dog.

Posted: 30.01.17

Irish Films at Sundance Film Festival 2017

Irish Films at Sundance Film Festival 2017

Irish films supported by Culture Ireland for presentation at Sundance Film Festival this month included  "It's Not Dark Yet" and "In Loco Parentis"

It's Not Dark Yet

This film tells the ground breaking story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a talented young Irish film maker with ALS (MND), as he embarks on directing his first feature film through the use of his eyes and eye gaze technology.

Director: Frankie Fenton
Producers: Lesley McKimm, Kathryn Kennedy

See the trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfGsXsaJH8Q

In Loco Parentis

Long careers are drawing to a close for John and Amanda, who teach Latin, English and guitar at a stately home-turned-school, where they are legends with a mantra: "Reading. 'Rithmetic. Rock 'n' roll!" But leaving is the hardest lesson.

Director: Neasa Ní Chianáin David Rane
Producer: David Rane

See the trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qeivg38VbQs

 

 

Posted: 26.01.17

Theatre Lovett and Cahoots NI at IPAY Showcase 2017

Theatre Lovett and Cahoots NI at IPAY Showcase 2017

Culture Ireland showcases Irish talent at the International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase event 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin

This week, two companies travel to Madison, Wisconsin to perform for an invited audience of programmers and presenters at the International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase event for 2017. Cahoots NI and Theatre Lovett are both travelling with support from Culture Ireland’s Showcase programme.

International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) is one of the foremost resource organizations focussed on performing arts for young audiences. Membership is made up of a growing worldwide network of artists, producers, presenters, and agents, who programme and present work for youth across artforms.

Theatre Lovett has presented internationally on many stages over the last five years. These include The Sydney Opera House, The New Victory Theatre, New York and most recently in 2016 at The Kennedy Centre, Washington; The Wallis Annenberg, Los Angeles and The Annenberg Centre, Philadelphia as part of Culture Ireland’s Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.. At IPAY, they will present They Called her Vivaldi.

With Culture Ireland’s support, Theatre Lovett continues to promote and reinforce Ireland’s role as a forward thinking, culturally-rich nation that is committed to the creativity of future generations. Co-Artistic Directors Muireann Ahern and Louis Lovett commented: “Presenting our work to the children of Philadelphia’s inner city, to family audiences in Beverly Hills and tickling the hearts of the Irish abroad in New York, London or Melbourne, we value and recognise the significant impact that Culture Ireland’s support has had on our work and the opportunities and connections that have followed.”

Cahoots NI will present their production of Shh! We Have a Plan. Their Artistic Director, Paul Bosco McEneaney commented: “We’re very grateful to Culture Ireland for supporting our presentation at IPAY. This provides a brilliant opportunity to grow and develop our international touring, to showcase Ireland’s excellent contemporary cultural offer and to do so in the company of colleagues in the youth arts sector.”


Further information is available here:

www.theatrelovett.com
www.cahootsni.com
www.ipayweb.org

Credit for the Theatre Lovett pic © Ros Kavanagh

 

Posted: 16.01.17

Minister Humphreys travels to New York to promote Irish arts and culture

Minister Humphreys travels to New York to promote Irish arts and culture

Culture Ireland US Programme for 2017 unveiled


 

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, is in New York this week for a series of arts and cultural events. As part of the trip the Minister will launch the Creative Ireland Programme / Clár Éire Ildánach internationally and will also unveil the details of Culture Ireland’s US programme for 2017. In total, Culture Ireland will provide €1m to Irish artists to showcase their work in the United States throughout 2017.

Minister Humphreys will attend a preview screening of the Druid production The Beauty Queen of Leenane, supported by Culture Ireland, which opens in New York on Friday 13 January at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). She will also visit the site of the new Irish Arts Centre, which is receiving financial support from the Irish Government. Speaking at the launch of the US programme, Minister Humphreys said:

“This is an important week for the Irish arts in New York, with the opening of Druid’s production of the Beauty Queen of Leenane at BAM. It is Druid’s debut production at BAM and marks the start of an exciting year for the Irish arts in the United States. In total, we will be investing €1 million through Culture Ireland to support Irish artists to showcase their work across the US in 2017.“

Further information available here 

Image: Marie Mullen as Mag Folan in The Beauty Queen of Leenane © Stephen Cummiskey

 

Posted: 13.01.17

Culture Ireland Newsletter 2016

Culture Ireland Newsletter 2016

Season's Greetings from Culture Ireland

 


 

Culture Ireland celebrated 2016 with a special Centenary Programme of high quality events across the globe, reaching greater audience numbers than ever before. To all those who participated as artists, hosts and audience members, Culture Ireland extends our appreciation. Without you, none of what we do would be possible.

We look forward to working with you all again in 2017. Please click here for full newsletter or to read as a booklet, click here

 

Posted: 19.12.16

Culture Ireland announces €1.76m in funding for Irish arts globally

Culture Ireland announces €1.76m in funding for Irish arts globally

The Minister for Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, approves the award of over €1.76 million in funding for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide during 2017

A total of 135 projects are being funded under Culture Ireland autumn 2016 grants round, which will allow Irish artists to stage events in 35 countries internationally. The funding also includes a total of €860,000 for those cultural bodies (outlined below) who partner Culture Ireland in creating opportunities for Irish artists abroad.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys remarked:

The support awarded by Culture Ireland ensures that the global reach of Irish arts continues and reaches a diverse audience worldwide. Our artists put the spotlight on Ireland and expand our reputation for creativity and artistic excellence.

Last year, Culture Ireland supported events reached an audience of four and a half million people, and generated 260 full-time jobs. Showcasing their work overseas, from Edinburgh to New York and Sydney is incredibly important for Irish artists. It helps them to increase audiences for their work at home and abroad.

Last week, the Government launched Creative Ireland, a very ambitious arts and culture initiative for the next five years. Pillar 5 of the plan is focussed on unifying our global reputation; Culture Ireland will play a very important role in realising this ambition. Given the rapidly changing international political backdrop, I think it is more important than ever that we help our artists to bring their work to a international audience.

A full list of projects is available here 


Culture Ireland's Partners

One of the main recipients is the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris which was awarded €180,000 to enable this key cultural landmark celebrate its 15th anniversary next year with a series of very special events in their autumn programme in addition to their usual extensive programme of events,

As part of its funding of €120,000, First Music Contact will expand Ireland’s participation in international music showcases with a particular focus on SXSW (Austin, Texas) to build on the new opportunities it has created for Irish musicians worldwide.

The Irish Arts Center New York plays a key role in the cultural life of New York, linking with the diaspora and generating new audiences for Irish artists, and support of €200,000 is being given for a particularly strong programme. This includes the American premiere of Enda Walsh’s ‘ROOMS’ in partnership with St. Ann’s Warehouse, who will simultaneously be presenting Enda Walsh’s ‘Arlington’.

The Irish Film Institute, awarded €90,000, will support an expanded presence at international Irish film festivals/seasons, an extensive St Patrick’s Day programmes.

Literature Ireland, awarded €270,000, will have an expanded presence at international bookfairs (London, Frankfurt, Goteborg and Beijing Book Fairs) and a series of translation-related events as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin as well as continuing its key work in making Irish literature accessible to a global audience through translation.
 

Posted: 12.12.16

Launch of Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022

Launch of Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, today announced the launch of the Creative Ireland Programme in the newly-restored Shaw Room of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016. It is a five-year all-of-government initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which at its core is a wellbeing strategy which aims to improve access to cultural and creative activity in every county across the country.

Speaking at the launch, the Taoiseach said: “Creative Ireland is about placing culture at the centre of our lives, for the betterment of our people and for the strengthening of our society..."

Creative Ireland is built around five pillars:

1. Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child
2. Enabling Creativity in Every Community
3. Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure
4. Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production
5. Unifying our Global Reputation

The Minster for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys TD., said: “Creative Ireland, as an Ireland 2016 legacy project...puts culture and creativity at the centre of public policy, which will benefit artists and citizens nationwide. This is a very ambitious public policy initiative; possibly the most significant for the arts and cultural sectors in a generation".

Mary McCarthy, Chair of the Expert Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland in welcoming the announcement of the Creative Ireland Programme, said: “Culture Ireland, as it continues to lead in the promotion of Irish arts worldwide, looks forward to working with Creative Ireland and supporting its ambitions to achieve greater resonance for Ireland globally.”

Further information available here and here 

Posted: 08.12.16

IFI International Wraps Up 2016 Programme in Britain

IFI International Wraps Up 2016 Programme in Britain

Last week, the 2016 programme of activity undertaken by IFI International as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, drew to a close with special screenings of archive footage and live music in the HOME Centre in Manchester and at the Barbican Centre as part of the Irish Film Festival London.

At the Barbican, the programme (“1916 Centenary Ciné-concert”) included varied perspectives on the relationship between Ireland and UK in the pre- and post-revolutionary period England capturing everyday moments in pre-independence Ireland, the aftermath of 1916 Rising and the tentative steps towards independence in Ireland 1922.  The programme was accompanied by Cormac de Barra, Colm Ó Snodaigh and Rossa Ó Snodaigh who underscored the imagery with intelligence and sensitivity and moving between documentary and drama and rural and urban sequences with ease.   

Head of Cinema at the Barbican, Robert Rider commented: “It was a huge pleasure for us at the Barbican to work again with the IFI on another programme of silent film with live music. The archive material was extraordinary, both in subject matter and technical quality, and the accompanying music by Cormac, Colm and Rossa captured the vibrancy and emotion of the images.”

At HOME in Manchester, there was a screening with live music of the George Best film Fussball Wie Noch Nie – accompanied by Matthew Nolan (composer) David Stalling, Seán Mac Erlaine, Bryan O’Connell and Mary Barnecutt. The film played to a full house, including many loyal fans of Manchester United.   Made in 1971 by German experimental filmmaker Helmuth Costard, the ninety-minute feature focuses on the iconic Best for the duration of an entire football match.

Jason Wood, Artistic Director of the Centre, described it as “One of the most immersive cinemas experiences I have ever had.”

IFI International Programme for 2016 was supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

Details on all of IFI International’s activity are available here.

 

Posted: 06.12.16

CoisCéim’s The Wolf and Peter Heads out on Tour

CoisCéim’s The Wolf and Peter Heads out on Tour

CoisCéim Dance Theatre brings this timeless story of courage and imagination to international audiences


 

CoisCéim Dance Theatre begins international performances of their hit show "The Wolf and Peter" when it opens at DanceXchange, Birmingham this Friday (December 2). After playing for four performances, it travels on to Dance City, Newcastle next week. These UK dates mark the first part of its international tour which includes performances in Melbourne, Penrith and at the Sydney Opera House, Australia in June/July 2017. The production – CoisCéim’s first for family and younger audiences - has already been acclaimed at performances Baboró International Arts Festival in Galway and Belfast International Arts Festival in 2015.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys said:

“It’s great to see CoisCéim branching into children’s productions so successfully with this new piece of work. Having already wowed Irish audiences, CoisCéim will now present this work in the UK and Australia, thanks to support from Culture Ireland. This international presentation will once again ensure that some of Ireland’s best artists are brought to new audiences, generating greater awareness of Ireland’s culture and creativity.

Featuring five outstanding dancers with a live piano performance, CoisCéim Dance Theatre takes this timeless story of courage and imagination as inspiration for this magical and beautiful show. Here, the story is told through the eyes of a WOLF. Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical production by David Bolger gives life to a Bird, a Cat, a Duck, a Boy, and of course a WOLF in a highly energetic original work that will capture the hearts of all ages.

Peter and the Wolf was a musical score originally written as an engaging way to introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra. For this production, the extraordinary pianist Conor Linehan will play both the classic score and his own new compositions live on stage. The Wolf and Peter will take children, and their families, on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best.

Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning, Sydney Opera House, Bridgette Van Leuven said: “The Wolf and Peter is one of the highlights of our 2017 programme and I’m personally delighted to be working with Culture Ireland to bring the internationally acclaimed and unbelievably accomplished CoisCéim Dance Theatre all the way to Bennelong Point from the Green Isle. “

Further information about the touring dates, including national dates throughout Ireland, is available here.

 

Posted: 02.12.16

Swan Lake opens at Sadlers Wells in London

Swan Lake opens at Sadlers Wells in London

Swan Lake/Loch na hEala Opens in London to Rave Reviews

Following its premiere as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival in October, Michael Keegan-Dolan’s production of Swan Lake/Loch na hEala opened on Friday night at Sadler’s Wells in London to rave reviews. The performances in London have been supported by Culture Ireland.

In The Guardian, Dance critic Judith Mackrell in her five-star review describes the reworking as a “place of bleak, funny and astoundingly poetic beauty.”

London’s Evening Standard also gives the production five stars with its critic Lyndsey Winship calling “clear-voiced theatre with magic in its veins.”

The Financial Times calls it “Dazzling…a stunning exercise in theatrical sleight of hand” in its five-star review.

Online publication The Arts Desk said that “Dance theatre as imaginative and risk-taking as this very rarely makes it on to big stages”.

Performed by a company of 13 world-class performers including actor Mikel Murfi, this new production is interwoven with storytelling, song and live music. Dublin based band Slow Moving Clouds has created a new score, combining Nordic and Irish traditional music with minimalist and experimental influences. With beautiful dancing and powerful imagery, this new Swan Lake is rooted in the Midlands of Ireland, where ancient mythology and the modern world collide.

The Production will continue to tour internationally in 2017.

Further information can be found here

Posted: 28.11.16

Culture Ireland at WOMEX 2016

Culture Ireland at WOMEX 2016

Culture Ireland led a delegation to WOMEX World Music Expo which took place in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 October 2016

WOMEX has become the most important international professional market for world music of every kind including folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music. The four-day event attracts in excess of 2,000 delegates from over 90 countries, including hundreds of concert and festival bookers, labels, publishers, distributors, managers and the world's media.

Culture Ireland has led a delegation of musicians, agents and promoters to WOMEX since 2010 and supported selected bands to perform at this key showcase event.

Culture Ireland's presence at WOMEX is as a partner in Horizons, an initiative of music export and cultural agencies from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In addition to attending networking events and showcase performances, the Irish delegates are also required to attend at the Irish stand.

The Irish delegates for WOMEX 2016 are Rob Farhat (Ensemble Ériu), Martin Nolan (MPI Bands), Sharon Rollston (Music Network), Alan Doherty (ALDOC) and Jody Ackland (Booking Agent).

The Horizons Partnership has compiled a Spotify Playlist of supported artists which can be accessed here.

For further information on The Horizons Partnership, please click here

For further information on WOMEX 16, please click here.

Posted: 17.10.16

International Theatre eXchange 2016

International Theatre eXchange 2016

Over 20 Theatre Presenters attend International Theatre eXchange as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival

With the Dublin Theatre Festival in full swing last weekend, over 20 international Theatre Presenters and Programmers attended the International Theatre eXchange (ITX) with Culture Ireland support. ITX is presented by the Irish Theatre Institute.

Over an intense weekend, the international delegates attended Festival performances, networked with Irish artists and theatremakers and saw several works in development.

Their attendance is critical in generating further international opportunities for many Irish artists and companies.

Christine Bial, international delegate with Mid-America Arts Alliance commented:

“ITX provided me with face to face encounters that are inherently necessary for building strong professional relationships and expanded my own personal understanding of the global creative ecosystem in which I work.

The weekend's events not only offered the time to experience the breadth of the festival's offerings, but also the space to intentionally explore the depth of each production from a variety of perspectives. The conversations had throughout the weekend will better inform the planning, promotion, and implementation of this work with my partners in the United States.”

The convention started with the Pitching Initiative, presented in partnership with Culture Ireland, Dublin Theatre Festival and ITI. In the theatre space at the Science Gallery, five separate projects were pitched to the international delegates.
 

Posted: 17.10.16

Hard Working Class Heroes takes over Dublin Venues

Hard Working Class Heroes takes over Dublin Venues

Over the last weekend, a wealth of international programmers and presenters traveled to Dublin with Culture Ireland support to see emerging and up and coming bands who took over Dublin venues as part of this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes (HWCH).

Performances took place in Chocolate Factory on Kings Inn Street, Tengu on Strand Street and City Hall, all of which featured a selection of stripped back performances from artists.  Hard Working Class Heroes is produced by First Music Contact the national resource organization for popular music, funded by the Arts Council.

In addition to multiple performances, the event included HWCH Convention 2016, the largest annual meeting of Irish and international music industry figures in Ireland, with 1,800 networking sessions and 22 workshops and conversations facilitating exchanges between artists and the music business.

The Convention focussed on discussions and conversations around such issues as changes in the industry, how artists and businesses are adapting to the new environment as well as giving Irish artists an opportunity to interact directly with international colleagues.

In what those in the media are calling a breakthrough year for the event, Angela Dorgan, its director and CEO of First Music Contact, echoed the success of the weekend.

“We made plans and strides to build on our international reputation this year, linking HWCH and our international offerings under Music From Ireland has led to Irish music taking its place at the forefront of global music signings, reputation and conversations"

International delegates at HWCH Convention 2016 included bookers, agents, press and radio from the US, UK and Europe who joined a huge number of Irish music industry professionals in discussions, debates and conversations over the weekend.

International delegates traveled to Dublin with support from Culture Ireland’s See Here Scheme.

Full details on the event are available here: www.hwch.net

Posted: 11.10.16

Culture Ireland welcomes the additional €1m in Budget 2017

Culture Ireland welcomes the additional €1m in Budget 2017

Culture Ireland welcomes the additional €1m in Budget 2017 for the promotion of Irish arts globally.

The increase in the core annual funding from €2.5m in 2016 to €3.5m was welcomed by Mary McCarthy, the Chairperson of Culture Ireland’s Expert Advisory Committee who said:

“ The funding of Irish artists to present their work globally is hugely important. In addition to generating work opportunities for Irish artists, the impact of their work globally continues to highlight Ireland as a country of artistic strength and creativity and brings wider benefits to the country .Culture Ireland will ensure the maximum impacts from its ongoing work in the promotion of  Irish arts worldwide and will expand and renew relationships with artists and our many international partners

Posted: 11.10.16

Opening of two significant exhibitions in Britain

Opening of two significant exhibitions in Britain

Irish artists have increased global presence this year through I Am Ireland, Culture Ireland's Centenary Programme

 

As part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, Culture Ireland offered increased support for Irish visual artists to present their work internationally. The programme involves a special focus in Britain this Autumn with the opening of two significant exhibitions.

Included is Eva Rothschild's Alternative to Power at the New Art Gallery Walsall which will run from 24 September 2016 to 15 January 2017. This will be Rothschild's first solo exhibition in the Midlands. Rothschild, who has attracted international attention for her sculptural works, which interrogate concepts of form and utilise a rich variety of materials, will make a significant body of new work reflecting current and diverse studio interests. These new commissions will be punctuated by works representing signature aspects of the artist’s oeuvre - four-legged metal stands, floor-based sculptures, totem-like stacked structures, weaving - thereby bringing a survey element to the exhibition. The new body of work will include a specially commissioned piece using leather, a material at the centre of Walsall's manufacturing industry.

Daphne Wright's Emotional Archaeology will run at Arnolfini, Bristol from 30 September 2016 to the end of year. For over 25 years, Daphne Wright has pursued with relentless curiosity the ways in which materials can express our unspoken human preoccupations. Working with clay, casting, sound, film and drawing, she explores intimate and domestic issues such as parenting, ageing, care and our complex relationship with animals.  This major solo exhibition, curated by Jo Lanyon, will present a number of key works spanning Wright’s career, considering the artist as an emotional archaeologist.

Image ©The New Art Gallery  Walsall/Eva Rothchild

Image © Daphne Wright/Arnolfini

 

Posted: 06.10.16

FiraTàrrega 2016

FiraTàrrega 2016

Irish delegation at FiraTàrrega

Culture Ireland supported an expanded Irish presence at FiraTàrrega in Tàrrega, Spain from 8 to 11 September 2016.

Founded in 1981, FiraTàrrega is an international networking and showcase event for the performing arts, with special emphasis on street art and spectacle genres. The main objective of FiraTàrrega is to create and develop international opportunities for artists.

This year Culture Ireland funded the Irish Street Art, Circus and Spectacle network to manage an Irish stand at the event.

In addition, Culture Ireland funded five delegates to attend the event, assist in manning the Irish stand and take advantage of the presence of many international programmers and presenters.


The five delegates were:
• Aidan Phelan, Réalta Prods
• Orlagh de Bhaldraithe, Macnas
• Con Horgan, Fanzini Productions
• Guillaume Cousson, Riuchi
• Will Flanagan, PassePartout Circus


Further information on FiraTàrrega is available here: www.firatarrega.cat

 

Posted: 06.09.16

Tanzmesse 2016

Tanzmesse 2016

Culture Ireland led a delegation to the international Tanzmesse dance showcase in Dusseldorf, Germany which took place between Wednesday 31 August to Saturday 3 September 2016. A biennial dance fair, Tanzmesse is the largest professional gathering worldwide dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance. 

This year, Culture Ireland supported a selected group of dance companies and delegates to attend Tanzmesse 2016 dance fair. Culture Ireland’s presence enabled these artists to meet producers, programmers, managers and agents and discuss the latest developments in contemporary dance alongside some 170 exhibitors from 50 countries.  This participation is designed to build up a network of contacts which will lead to future dance work opportunities for talented Irish artists.

Details of the full Irish delegation that attended Tanzmesse 2016 are available here.

Posted: 29.08.16

Edinburgh Festivals, 2016

Edinburgh Festivals, 2016

Edinburgh Festivals kick off this weekend 

From 5 August, the international culture spotlight shines on Edinburgh as performances begin at the Edinburgh Festivals including those by Irish artists supported by Culture Ireland as part of its Showcase Programme.

Wishing them luck for their Edinburgh performances, Minister Heather Humphreys, commented: “Each year our artists look forward to this important annual event and the opportunities it offers. The long term close relationship Ireland has with Scotland in the area of arts and culture and beyond is truly valued and it is our close contacts which make this time in Edinburgh truly special for Irish artists”.

The six shows, supported by Culture Ireland this year feature the best of Ireland’s contemporary theatre and dance artists.  Later this month, the Edinburgh International Book Festival programme includes many established and emerging Irish writers with Culture Ireland support.

In addition, Culture Ireland leads a delegation of Irish producers and artists and hosts a special Networking event for Irish artists to meet with international programmers and presenters.

In previous years, artists and companies who have featured as part of Culture Ireland’s programme have gone on to international success and acclaim and many of these international dates have arisen on the basis of their Edinburgh appearances.

Culture Ireland acknowledges the importance of the partners who assist in raising the profile of Irish artists throughout the Festival season, including key Edinburgh venues and Festivals (Dance Base, Pleasance, Summerhall, Edinburgh International Book Festival) and the Irish Consulate in Edinburgh.

Click here to see Culture Ireland's Edinburgh Festivals brochure or if you would prefer to read it via ISSUU

Click here to see an easy to read Schedule of Events. 


The six productions supported by Culture Ireland in 2016 are:

Dublin Oldschool by Emmet Kirwan (3 – 28 August)
Project Arts Centre in assoc with Soho Theatre
Pleasance Courtyard (Beside)

It Folds by Gary Keegan, Feidlim Cannon, Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy (3 – 28 August)
Junk Ensemble & Brokentalkers
Summerhall Main Space

Remember to Breathe by Orla Murphy (5 – 27 August)
Figure 8 Productions
Summerhall Demonstration Room

Lïnger by Breandán de Gallaí (5 – 21 August)
Ériu featuring Breandán de Gallaí & Nick O’Connell
Dance Base

Your Own Man/Mad Notions by Luke Murphy (23 – 28 August)
Luke Murphy – Attic Projects
Dance Base

Liminal by Liadain Herriott (23 – 28 August)
Liadain Herriott
Dance Base

Posted: 04.08.16

Funding of more than €600,000 allocated to promote Irish arts worldwide

Funding of more than €600,000 allocated to promote Irish arts worldwide

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, today announced €600k in funding for Irish arts globally

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, is delighted to announce approval for the award of over €600,000 by Culture Ireland to over 80 Irish artists and arts organisations to present their work worldwide later in 2016 and 2017. 

The projects, covering circus, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts, will enable Irish artists to showcase and export their work to over 28 different countries around the globe.

Read the full press release here

For the full list of projects funded click here

Image courtesy of Fidget Feet

Posted: 28.07.16

WOMEX 16 – World Music Expo

WOMEX 16 – World Music Expo

Culture Ireland is offering delegate bursaries to WOMEX World Music Expo taking place in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain from Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd October 2016

WOMEX has become the most important international professional market for world music of every kind including folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music. The four-day event attracts in excess of 2,000 delegates from over 90 countries, including hundreds of concert and festival bookers, labels, publishers, distributors, managers and the world's media.

Culture Ireland has led a delegation of musicians, agents and promoters to WOMEX since 2010 and supported selected bands to perform at this key showcase event.

Culture Ireland is offering a limited number of delegate bursaries aimed at those artists and promoters who have a track record of touring internationally, have excellent promotional material available and who would benefit from attending the event to promote their work at this unique music industry marketplace as part of the Irish delegation.

Culture Ireland's presence at WOMEX is as a partner in Horizons, an initiative of music export and cultural agencies from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Selected delegates will participate in the national stand to promote their work to international arts industry presenters and promoters.

Applicants from the Republic of Ireland should apply online to Culture Ireland.  The award (€400 per delegate) is towards the costs of return flights, registration and a contribution towards accommodation and subsistence.  Only one delegate bursary will be awarded per group. Click here to apply.

Culture Ireland will produce a promotional CD for distribution to international presenters at WOMEX.  Please submit, along with your application, a track from the artist you are representing, which can be considered for inclusion on the CD.

The deadline for submission of completed applications for a delegate bursary is 5pm on Thursday 11th August 2016.
 

Posted: 28.07.16

Pitching Initiative 2016 - Call Notice

Pitching Initiative 2016 - Call Notice

Culture Ireland, Dublin Theatre Festival and Irish Theatre Institute invite submissions from Irish artists/companies who wish to avail of the opportunity to pitch to international programmers and presenters, as part of this year's International Theatre eXchange on 7th/8th October.

International delegates, with the support of Culture Ireland, come to see new work during Dublin Theatre Festival (29th Sept –16th October).  The ITX session is an initiative to extend an opportunity to companies to pitch previously staged Irish work with the aim of having the work selected for future presentation abroad.

Successful applicants will be offered a 20-minute platform to pitch their projects to programmers and presenters, using a combination of performance, spoken presentation and high quality moving-image footage of the work. The pitch will take place on the morning of Friday 7th October 2016. Technical support and AV (projector, PA) will be provided.

The objectives of this initiative are:
• To provide a platform for Irish artists/producers to present and promote their work to international presenters
• To create opportunities for Irish artists to build international touring networks for their work
• To introduce international programmers to Irish artists and companies

Qualifying Criteria:
Applications must meet the following criteria:
• The work must have been produced and presented professionally in Ireland during the period 1st May 2015 to 30th June 2016.  Work presented as part of the 2015 Dublin Theatre Festival programme is not eligible for submission.
• Work must be suitable in terms of scale and availability for international touring during 2017/2018.
• Evidence of positive independent critical recognition must be available.
• High-quality moving image documentation of the work is essential.
• The applicant must be available for preparatory work in advance of the festival and to meet international presenters over the weekend of 5 - 8 October, 2016.
A production which has already had a high profile presentation outside of Ireland will not be eligible for consideration.

Assessment Criteria:
Applications will be assessed based on the following:
• The quality of the production in terms of performance, production values and content.
• The capacity of the artist/company to avail of touring opportunities arising from inclusion in the programme.
• Current programming trends in key international festivals and venues.
• The extent to which the application fulfils the qualifying criteria.

To Apply:
Applications should be submitted to:  info@cultureireland.gov.ie before 5pm on Friday 12th August 2016 enclosing an online link to the production footage.
Download application form here

Image courtesy of Moonfish Theatre showing 'Star of the Sea' pitched at the ITX in 2015

Posted: 24.07.16

FiraTàrrega – Call for delegates September 2016

FiraTàrrega – Call for delegates September 2016

Culture Ireland is inviting applications for travel support for those wishing to promote work at FiraTàrrega taking place in Tàrrega, Spain from 8 to 11 September 2016.

Founded in 1981, FiraTàrrega is an international networking and showcase event for the performing arts, with special emphasis on street art and spectacle genres. The main objective of FiraTàrrega is to create and develop international opportunities for artists.

This year Culture Ireland is funding the Irish Street Art, Circus and Spectacle Network to manage an Irish stand at the event.

Culture Ireland is offering a limited number of delegate bursaries aimed at those artists and companies who have a track record of touring internationally, have excellent promotional material available and who would benefit from attending the event to promote their work. It is a condition of support that delegates attend at the stand for particular periods, based on a schedule agreed in advance.

The award (€400 per delegate) is towards the costs of return flights, registration and a contribution towards accommodation and subsistence. Only one delegate bursary will be awarded per group.

Applicants should apply online to Culture Ireland.  Click here to apply.

The deadline for submission of completed applications for a delegate bursary is 5pm on Thursday, 28th July 2016.

Posted: 18.07.16

Galway Film Fleadh

Galway Film Fleadh

The 28th Galway Film Fleadh opens this week

The 28th Galway Film Fleadh will take place from 5-10 July 2016 at the Town Hall Theatre and the Cinemobile in Galway City.  

As in previous years, Culture Ireland is delighted to support the Fleadh in maintaining and forging new relationships with other important International film festivals as well as a number of Irish film festivals taking place world-wide. 

Further information on the Fleadh can be found here

Posted: 07.07.16

The Irish Tour of Adventure: Capital

The Irish Tour of Adventure: Capital

The Irish Pavilion from the 56th Venice Biennale opens in Dublin

The RHA presents a solo exhibition by Sean Lynch, featuring The Irish Tour of Adventure: Capital, 2014– 2015, the Irish Pavilion from the 56th Venice Biennale, which was visited by over 400,000 people during the world’s most prestigious visual arts exhibition in 2015.

Combining sculpture, video and graphic elements, Adventure:Capital explores the allegories and underlying narratives of the contemporary architectural and social environment through encounters with the sculptures of John Burke, the quarries of Cornwall, megalithic ‘cursing’ stones, urban vandalism, and Irish Free State banknotes.

Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council to promote Irish visual arts abroad.The Irish Tour of Ireland at Venice is supported by the Arts Council as part of its commitment to promote the visual arts to Irish audiences.

The Commissioner for the Irish Pavilion in 2015 was Mike Fitzpatrick. The curator was Woodrow Kernohan, Director of EVA International.

The exhibition in the RHA runs from 8 July 2016 -  21 August 2016

Posted: 07.07.16

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

Observe the Sons of Ulster re-enacted in Thiepval, France

Frank McGuinness's seminal play was performed in Thiepval near the Ulster Memorial Tower on the 29 June where the 36th Ulster Division engaged German Forces 100 years ago, with the loss of 2,000 lives. The 1985 play focuses on the experiences of eight Ulstermen who volunteer to serve in the division at the beginning of the war. The story is told in flashback from the viewpoint of the only survivor of the eight.

The play was performed before a bigger audience in Amiens on the 30 June.

This Irish-British production will now go on to perform in  Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Coleraine, Donegal and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

It is estimated that 50,000 Irish men were killed while serving in the British, Commonwealth or US armies during World War I. The Ulster Memorial Tower was the first official memorial to be erected on the Western Front and was dedicated on 19 November 1921. It is located opposite Thiepval Wood from where the 36th Ulster Division made its historic charge on the 1 July 1916


Supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

 

Posted: 07.07.16

Culture Ireland at Edinburgh Festivals, 2016

Culture Ireland at Edinburgh Festivals, 2016

Invitation to apply to participate in Culture Ireland’s delegation at the Edinburgh Festivals, 2016


 

The Edinburgh Festivals offer an important platform for Irish artists to gain international recognition for their work and generate further touring opportunities.

In 2016, Culture Ireland will host a networking event to facilitate direct engagement with international promoters in Edinburgh for the festivals. This is targeted at those involved in the theatre, dance and literature showcase programme as well as those selected to travel through this open call.

Culture Ireland invites applications from those who wish to be part of the Irish delegation to attend this networking event to promote their work to international arts industry presenters and promoters in Edinburgh on 24th August 2016 (afternoon). A travel grant of €250 will be awarded to successful applicants.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of:

• The suitability of the project/work for promotion to international delegates in Edinburgh.
• The track record of the artist/company in presenting work abroad.
• The list of international contacts interested in the work of the artist/company.
• The capacity of the artist/company to avail of opportunities to tour internationally in 2016/2017.

Applicants must be available to be in Edinburgh on the afternoon of Wednesday 24th August 2016 to attend the Culture Ireland international networking event.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Monday 4th July 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: In the case of a company, only one application for either an artist or company manager will be eligible for consideration. Artists and/or companies already in receipt of Culture Ireland support to showcase in Edinburgh this year are not eligible to apply.

Click here to submit an application.
 

Image: Luke Murphy in Your Own Man/Mad Notions (Scheduled for Dance Base during the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Posted: 24.06.16

Joining the Dots at UEFA Euro 2016

Joining the Dots at UEFA Euro 2016

 

Culture Ireland is delighted to announce the opening of a special art installation 'Joining the Dots' in Paris to mark UEFA Euro 2016 Football Championships


 

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, is delighted to announce that Culture Ireland is funding the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris to curate a special art installation, Joining the Dots, by Paris-based Irish collaborative duo Cleary Connolly. The installation will feature in the Place de l’Europe in Paris along with installations from all countries participating in the UEFA Euro 2016 Football Championships.

Cleary Connolly were specially commissioned by the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris to create the installation. The exhibition, which is also supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Irish Embassy in Paris, was officially opened by Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason on Thursday 23 June, with theatrical and musical interventions by playwright and performer Sonya Kelly and musician and visual artist Macdara Smith. Read the full press release here

Ireland’s Pavilion takes the form of an enormous lightbox displaying an animation based on perception studies of the movement of footballers in particular. These figures create an installation which reflects Irish creativity and is luminous and lively. Click here for further information. 

Posted: 23.06.16

Recent Successes from the Music from Ireland programme

Recent Successes from the Music from Ireland programme

Recent Successes from the Music from Ireland programme and an Award for Hard Working Class Heroes; Heroes Alumni also win at the Novellos

Music from Ireland continues its successful work in providing showcase opportunities for emerging Irish bands at international industry events.  On Friday 10 June, Irish band Saint Sister (shown above) was announced as one of the bands featuring on the ‘BBC Introducing Stage’ at Glastonbury.

The announcement follows their recent appearances at industry showcase events The Great Escape (Brighton, May 2016) and SXSW (Austin, Texas, March 2016) as part of the Music from Ireland Showcase.  Saint Sister secured an agent following their appearance at the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival in Dublin in October 2015.

Hard Working Class Heroes is delivered by First Music Contact who also manage and deliver the Music from Ireland programme with support from Culture Ireland.


Recently, Hard Working Class Heroes received international recognition for its work at the Yearly Music Convention Awards (YMCAs) at The Great Escape winning the Best City Champion Award. 

Saint Sister’s success is just one of many recent successes by emerging Irish bands who have featured at Hard Working Class Heroes and the Music from Ireland programmes.

Other recent achievements include:

Rusangano Family featured at South by Southwest in March received the following acclaim on the Pitchfork website

Hare Squead (artists at 2015 hard Working Class Heroes) signed to record label Columbia UK, with whom they released their first single which was featured as part of Apple Music’s New Artist section.

 

 

At Eurosonic 2016, Soak won the European Border Breaker award, the fifth Irish artist to win the award in six years. The Award is given to acts with the most bookings and radio growth across the European Union from the previous year’s showcase appearance.

The YMCAs coincided with three wins by Hard Working Class Heroes (HWCH) alumni at The 2016 Ivor Novello Awards

Jamie Lawson (HWCH, 2004) won the Best Song Musically and Lyrically Award for Wasn’t Expecting That, Conor O’Brien (HWCH, 2006 & 2009) won Best Album Award for Darling Arithmetic and Iain Archer (HWCH 2004 & 2006) won (with James Bay) the PRS for Music Most Performed Work Award with Hold Back the River. Further information here 
 

 

Posted: 13.06.16

Art Basel 2016

Art Basel 2016

Kerlin Gallery bringing Irish artists to Art Basel, Switzerland, 16-19 June 2016

Kerling Gallery, Dublin will present new and important work by Northern Irish artists, Willie Doherty and Siobhán Hapaska at this prestigious art fair along with works by Welsh artist Merlin James and German artist Jan Pleitner.

Further information available here

Supported by Culture Ireland

Image © Jan Pleitner, 'Untitled', 2016, courtesy of Kerlin Gallery

Image © Willie Doherty ' Loose Ends II', 2016, courtesy of Kerlin Gallery

Posted: 10.06.16

Choosing a country’s artworks for Europeana 280: Ireland

Choosing a country’s artworks for Europeana 280: Ireland

Europeana 280, is a cross-border campaign to get Europe excited about its shared art heritage and celebrate Europeana Art History Collections. For further information, click here

Ireland’s selection for Europeana 280 is the most contemporary choice of all countries nominating treasures for the campaign. It includes a wide range of work in different media from living artists of the 21st century as well as those breaking away from the artistic status quo of the 1920s. Read more here

Image,  'Four Element Composition' by Mainie Jellett © Irish Museum of Modern Art

Posted: 09.06.16

A flavour of Venice!

A flavour of Venice!

The 10 Best National Pavilions at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Ireland's exhibtition at this year's Venice Biennale 'Losing Myself' by Niall McLaughlin Architects acclaimed as an impressive, thoughtful display - see article here 

Posted: 09.06.16

Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme ‘I Am Ireland’ – Send us your Feedback

Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme ‘I Am Ireland’ – Send us your Feedback

Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme 'I Am Ireland' – Send us your Feedback

We are now nearly half-way through the 'I Am Ireland' calendar of events as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

The programme includes over 500 events across the globe including key territories in Britain, the US, Australia and Canada. Further details of the events are available on the I Am Ireland microsite here:

If you’ve attended any of these events, we would love to have your feedback and hear about your experiences. We’ve put together a short web-based survey (available here) in order to collect your responses to the programme nd also to learn more about who attends these events. You can also access the survey on the home page of this website (on the left hand side). 

The survey is easy to complete, should only take a few minutes and helps us in planning for future programmes.

Thanks in advance for helping us!

The Culture Ireland Team

Posted: 03.06.16

Focus On Ireland: From Rebels to New Romantics

Focus On Ireland: From Rebels to New Romantics

Curated especially for Sydney Film Festival, 8 - 19 June 2016,  this short season celebrates current and past Irish cinema.


 

This short season curated by the Dublin International Film Festival celebrates Irish cinema, in particular new exciting works which will appeal to audiences both in Ireland and Down Under including the Australian premieres of Sing Street, Viva, Love & Friendship, vibrant documentaries such as The Queen of Ireland, Mom and Me, and Atlantic, and Neil Jordan’s classic, Michael Collins.

This screening of Irish films at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, is presented by Culture Ireland.

Further information available here

Image © The Queen of Ireland

Posted: 01.06.16

Launch of “Losing Myself’

Launch of “Losing Myself’

Venice International Architecture Biennale 2016


 

‘Losing Myself’, Ireland’s exhibition at the 15th International Architecture Biennale Exhibition launched in Venice, Friday 27 May 2016. 

Commissioned and curated by Niall McLaughlin and Yeoryia Manolopoulou, Ireland’s entry for the 2016 exhibition ‘Losing Myself’ is inspired by the Orchard Day and Respite Centre in Blackrock, Dublin, which was commissioned by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland to provide flexible short-term care for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

The full press release is available here

Ireland’s exhibition at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council.

Images © Benni Allan

 

Posted: 26.05.16

‘Losing Myself’

‘Losing Myself’

 

Ireland’s entry at Venice International Architecture Biennale 2016

Losing Myself’, Ireland’s exhibition at the 15th International Architecture Biennale Exhibition is being launched in Venice on Friday 27 May. To keep up-to-date with developments in Venice, check out the Losing Myself website diary 

Ireland’s exhibition at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council

Images © Niall McLaughlin Architects

Posted: 25.05.16

2016 International Centenary Programme

2016 International Centenary Programme

Upcoming Highlights

Upcoming highlights of Culture Ireland's 2016 Centenary Programme are available here. Events range from Prof. Roy Foster speaking in Munich about the impact of the 1916 Easter Rising to the Irish Youth Chamber Choir celebrating Bloomsday 2016 in Toronto. Subscribe to both our Twitter and Facebook pages to keep up-to-date with events. 

 

Posted: 24.05.16

Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture Opens at Kennedy Center

Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture Opens at Kennedy Center

On 17 May 2016, a gala performance in the Concert Hall at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts marks the beginning of a special three-week Festival of Irish arts and culture in Washington,D.C.

The Festival, in one of the most prestigious performing arts centres in the world, is the centrepiece of the US activities as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

The schedule includes many of the most well-known Irish artists working across a range of artforms and promises to highlight Irish culture over the last 100 years and its relationship to America. As well as music, theatre and dance performances, the festival includes many of our finest writers in a literature series (in association with Poetry Ireland), documentary screenings (through IFI International), installations and culinary events.

It seems entirely appropriate for the Festival to be located in the Kennedy Center, a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the most well-known Irish American President and the first sitting American President to visit Ireland.

Irish actress, Fiona Show is Artist-in-Residence for the Festival and also directs the Gala Opening Performance on Tuesday which also features many of the Irish artists who will feature over the three-week period including Barry Douglas, Tara Erraught, Iarla Ó Lionaird, Colin Dunne and pipers from Na Píobairí Uilleann.

 

Other highlights include The Abbey Theatre’s production of The Plough and the Stars by Seán O’Casey, Pan Pan Theatre’s All That Fall by Samuel Beckett, Olwen Fouéré in riverrun, Jean Butler’s new Dance piece, The Gloaming and writers Colm Toibín, Eavan Boland and Colum McCann.

The Ogham Wall, a large-scale installation by Grafton Architects that features the Irish Ogham Alphabet will be in the Hall of Nations and The Earth Harp, the world’s largest stringed instrument will be played daily in the Hall of States.

Full programme details and booking information for the Festival is available here

The Festival has received major support from the Embassy of Ireland.

Further information on the 2016 International Centenary Programme can be found here 

 

Posted: 13.05.16

Dublin Dance Festival 2016

Dublin Dance Festival 2016

Dublin Dance Festival 17 - 28 May 2016

Dublin Dance Festival (DDF) is the leading dance event on the Irish arts calendar. This May, the festival once again brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland 

Of particular interest this year is Orginate 2016, a platform for presenting new and recent Irish choreographic work. Over the period of the festival, Originate will showcase a number of ‘First Looks‘ at studio-based works-in-progress (DanceHouse) in addition to presenting complete dance works. Originate is an initiative of Dublin Dance Festival and Dance Ireland, with additional support from Culture Ireland for 'First Looks' and recently performed complete works.

Culture Ireland also supports the Dance Festival through its See Here scheme. This year, 27 international programmers and presenters will travel to Dublin to attend the Festival with travel supports from Culture Ireland. Their visits will include attending many of the Irish performances as well as informal meeting and networking opportunities with Irish choreographers and dance artists.

Further information including booking available here 

Photograph courtesy DDF of Alonzo King

Posted: 13.05.16

Ireland’s Exhibition at Venice Biennale 2016 – ‘Losing Myself’

Ireland’s Exhibition at Venice Biennale 2016 – ‘Losing Myself’

Launch of  "Losing Myself" website


 

In advance of the launch of the Ireland's exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale, the accompanying website www.losingmyself.ie, which documents the research and design of the exhibition, is now online. The exhibition in Venice will imagine the Alzheimer’s Respite Centre in Dublin, as experienced by its occupants: people with dementia and their carers.

This website records the experiences of a broad range of people  – neuroscientists, psychologists, health workers, philosophers and anthropologists – as well as people with dementia and their families. The design of the website incorporates creative advice from people with dementia and will inform both visitors to the exhibtion and act as a tool for those who wish to research the subject further. 

Losing Myself is produced collaboratively by Niall McLaughlin and Yeoryia Manolopoulou


Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council.

 

Posted: 26.04.16

Irish Culture in Britain: A Centenary Celebration

Irish Culture in Britain: A Centenary Celebration

Gala Concert, Wigmore Hall, Thursday 21 April, preceded by a Keynote Address by the Irish Ambassador H. E. Daniel Mulhall on 100 years of Irish culture. 

This Gala honoured those who died at Easter 1916, Irish and British, and all the soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War 1914-1918. Following this concert, Ann Murray DBE was presented with The Wigmore Medal, in recognition of her significant international career. You can watch a streamed edition of the gala performance here 

Posted: 21.04.16

Internationale Tanzmesse 2016

Internationale Tanzmesse 2016

Culture Ireland invites applications to participate as a delegate at the Internationale Tanzmesse 2016 (31 August – 3 September 2016)

Culture Ireland invites applications from dance artists, dance company managers and (freelance) dance producers from Ireland wishing to participate in the Internationale Tanzmesse in Düsseldorf, Germany, as part of the Culture Ireland-led delegation.

The Internationale Tanzmesse is a biennial event and an international hub for dance professionals around the world to network with agents, presenters and programmers and generate touring opportunities for their work.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of:

• the track record of the artist/company in presenting work abroad
• evidence of critical acclaim for the work to be promoted at Tanzmesse and its suitability for international touring
• the capacity of the company to avail of opportunities to tour internationally over the next 18 months
• the list of international contacts whom the artist/company intends to meet at Tanzmesse

Priority will be given to those applicants who have work that is available for touring in 2016/2017 and can supply evidence of independent critical acclaim for their work.

Successful applicants must be able to attend Tanzmesse for the entire four days and available to assist in promotional work at the Culture Ireland stand.


Culture Ireland support:

Culture Ireland will offer funding of €350 to successful applicants towards travel and accommodation costs. One bursary application per company for artist, producer or company manager will be eligible for consideration.  Companies which have already received support at Tanzmesse in 2016 are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply:

Applicants must complete and submit an application through the Culture Ireland online system. Click here to start your application. Accompanying information MUST include:

• Copies of relevant reviews
• Biography of the applicant
• Headshot of the applicant

The Closing Date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday 11th May 2016.


 

Image: Fit/Misfit by Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company which was featured in the Showcase Programme at Internationale Tanzmesse 2014. Pic: Fabián Sánchez

Posted: 20.04.16

Culture Ireland supports an expanded Irish Presence at the London Book Fair as part of Ireland 2016

Culture Ireland supports an expanded Irish Presence at the London Book Fair as part of Ireland 2016

Literature Ireland hosts expanded Irish stand and 2016-related events and Poetry Ireland Review: The Rising Generation is launched at the Fair’s Poetry Pavillion.

Ireland at the London Book Fair

The London Book Fair is an important global publishing marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. In 2016, the fair will take place at Olympia, London, from 12–14 April and cover all aspects of the publishing industry.

Ireland’s National Stand

The Ireland national stand is managed by Literature Ireland (formerly Ireland Literature Exchange) on behalf of Culture Ireland and Irish publishers. The following organisations and publishers will be represented at the Ireland national stand in 2016:

• Cló Iar-Chonnacht
• Literature Ireland
• Maverick House
• Mercier Press
• The O’Brien Press
• Publishing Ireland
• Roads.

Literature Ireland’s work at the fair is to promote Irish writing and its programmes, particularly the translation grant programme. The Irish publishers will be focused on doing business, including promoting their titles, buying and selling translation and co-publication rights and negotiating with agents.
The stand (2A71) is located in a prominent area of the exhibition centre, close to the rights centre.


Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme: Exhibition and Events at the London Book Fair


Culture Ireland has awarded additional funding to Literature Ireland and Poetry Ireland to run some 2016 commemorations-related events alongside the regular schedule at the London Book Fair.
The main additional feature at the Ireland stand in 2016 will be an exhibition of cross-section of illustrations by artist David Rooney. These illustrations were commissioned by the Royal Irish Academy for its book 1916: Lives and Portraits, which presents biographies of those deeply involved in the Rising.
Literature Ireland will host a reception for publishers and agents at the Irish stand to introduce the exhibition and contextualise the importance of the centenary. This reception will be attended by the book’s illustrator and one of the editors and will also give Irish publishers the chance to network and promote their titles in an informal atmosphere.
As part of the 2016 commemorations initiative at the London Book Fair, Literature Ireland has also arranged to distribute copies of Books Ireland (which will celebrate its 40th anniversary during the fair with an event at the Irish embassy in London) and the current bumper issue of The Stinging Fly, called In the Wake of the Rising, to international publishers and rights agents during the course of the fair. These journals will, respectively, promote the Irish publishing industry and Irish writers and writing. The 1916 theme discussed in the journal and Books Ireland’s review of the numerous books published to commemorate the Rising will also reinforce the work to highlight the importance and gravitas of the Rising’s centenary and raise awareness of this among key international influencers and decision makers in the international publishing sector. 
Literature Ireland will launch its first Twitter account at the fair to promote the Irish stand in general and the exhibition in particular.

Poetry Ireland at the London Book Fair

A special event for Poetry Ireland Review: The Rising Generation at the London Book Fair's Poetry Pavillion will be held on Wednesday 13 April at 2pm
Poetry Ireland Review: The Rising Generation sets out to offer a comprehensive, insightful and enjoyable overview of what we can expect from Irish poetry in the coming times. Published by Poetry Ireland in April 2016, one hundred years after a poets’ revolution helped found the Republic, the issue features poems and prose from Ireland’s new generation of poets.
Edited by Vona Groarke, thirty six poets who have published a first collection or pamphlet in the past five years are represented in the issue by two poems each and by an essay that responds to an original and probing questionnaire about their poetic practice and values.
This event at the Poetry Pavillion will feature readings of poems from the issue by poets including Martin Dyar, Andrew Jamison and Victoria Kennefick as well as a discussion on the poetry and poets represented, chaired by the issue’s editor Vona Groarke.

Links:
http://www.stingingfly.org/current-issue
http://www.booksirelandmagazine.com  
http://www.poetryireland.ie/whats-on/poetry-ireland-review-the-rising-generation-at-the-poetry-pavilion-london-book-fair

Posted: 08.04.16

Kerlin Gallery at the Dallas Art Fair

Kerlin Gallery at the Dallas Art Fair

Culture Ireland are delighted to be funding The Kerlin Gallery at the Dallas Art Fair 2016

Culture Ireland are delighted to be funding The Kerlin Gallery at the Dallas Art Fair 2016. The fair takes place April 15 through Sunday, April 17, 2016, it exhibits prominent national and international art dealers and galleries which exhibit painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation by modern and contemporary artists. This is the eighth annual Dallas Art Fair located in the revitalized downtown Arts District. The Kerlin Gallery will be presenting new work in booth A2 by: 

Dorothy Cross
Aleana Egan
Liam Gillick
Callum Innes
Merlin James
Samuel Laurence Cunnane
William McKeown
Liliane Tomasko

 

Posted: 05.04.16

Culture Ireland congratulates Fishamble Theatre and actor-writer Pat Kinevane

Culture Ireland congratulates Fishamble Theatre and actor-writer Pat Kinevane

Culture Ireland congratulates Fishamble Theatre and actor-writer Pat Kinevane on winning the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre award for the play ‘Silent’ at the Soho Theatre on 3 April.

Culture Ireland congratulates Fishamble Theatre and actor-writer Pat Kinevane on winning the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre award for the play ‘Silent’ at the Soho Theatre on 3 April.
Silent has toured extensively worldwide with Culture Ireland support since 2011 when it had its international premier at Dance Base as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show has enthralled audiences in the UK, Europe, Australia and the US and
this recognition of its success is welcomed by Culture Ireland and our many global followers.

Posted: 04.04.16

St. Patrick’s Day Festival Period 2016

St. Patrick’s Day Festival Period 2016

Macnas performing in Austin, Texas


Ireland's International culture programme for St. Patrick’s Day period, supported by Culture Ireland, kicks-off in earnest this week with performances in circus, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts.

The St. Patrick’s period offers an unprecedented and unique platform to highlight Ireland’s creative sector and foster interest in Ireland. Funding in excess of €500,000 awarded by Culture Ireland is supporting more than 80 events taking place in 16 countries. Click here for further information. 

Posted: 16.03.16

Venice Art Biennale 2017

Venice Art Biennale 2017

Artist, Jesse Jones and commissioner, Tessa Giblin, to represent Ireland at the 57th Venice Art Biennale in 2017.


 

The Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, today (March 8th, 2016) announced that Culture Ireland and the Arts Council, have selected artist, Jesse Jones, with Tessa Giblin as commissioner to represent Ireland at the 57th Venice Art Biennale in 2017. 

The Venice Art Biennale is one of the most important international stages for the visual arts, attracting over half a million visitors. The selection of the team to represent Ireland was made - following an open competitive process - by an international jury. Ireland at Venice is a partnership initiative of Culture Ireland, a division of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with the Arts Council.

The Minister of State said that "Ireland's success at Venice in recent years had led to an increased international awareness of the strength of Ireland's visual arts sector." He added that "the Irish public would have the opportunity to see the exhibition when it tours post the Biennale."

Jesse Jones has proposed an artwork that has at its core the idea of the national representation at Venice as an alternative site of the state. In a project which she describes as a ‘witching’ of the judicial system, her research and collaborative practice will also see her working together with renowned theatre artist Olwen Fouéré.

On being selected, Jesse remarked, ‘I am deeply honoured to have been selected to represent Ireland at Venice and delighted to be working with Tessa on this project with whom I have had a long standing curatorial relationship. Venice represents one of the most important moment in an artist’s career. I am excited about this challenge and about creating an exhibition that will stimulate debate on issues of urgent political and social relevance in Ireland and across the world.’

Commissioner for Ireland at Venice 2017, Tessa Giblin, curator of visual arts at Project Arts Centre in Dublin which will be supporting the delivery of the exhibition, says  ‘I am so proud to be working with this incredible artist Jesse Jones, as we look ahead towards that most exciting and challenging of international stages: the Venice Biennale. We are greatly honoured to be supported by the brilliant team at Project Arts Centre, where our relationship as curator and artist was forged almost a decade ago.’

Posted: 08.03.16

Olivier Awards 2016

Olivier Awards 2016

More Irish Success Abroad

Congratulates to Pat Kinevane and Fishamble on the Olivier Awards nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for the Fringe First winning play Silent at Soho Theatre, London where it was presented last year with the support of Culture Ireland. Silent is the touching and challenging story of homeless McGoldrig, who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all – including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentine. For further information click Here 

 

Posted: 07.03.16

Success in APAM

Success in APAM

Fishamble has received the Best Theatre Award this week at the Adelaide Fringe Festival following great local reviews.
 

Fishamble has received the Best Theatre Award this week at the Adelaide Fringe Festival for UNDERNEATH by Pat Kinevane following great local reviews.
Also in Australia Culture Ireland supported some key Irish theatre companies and producers to attend APAM in Brisbane to create future touring opportunities  for Irish theatre. APAM (The Australian Performing Arts Market)) is Australia’s leading, internationally focused industry event for contemporary performing arts. Established in 1994 by the Australia Council for the Arts, APAM showcases and promotes a thriving, diverse national sector and stimulates the ongoing dialogue, collaboration and exchange between local artists and producers and their international counterparts

Posted: 26.02.16