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)