STEPHEN REA, MARTIN HAYES TO PERFORM AS PART OF ONCE-OFF CONCERT AT LONDON’S BARBICAN CENTRECulture Ireland GB18 – Finishing the Year on a HighCulture Ireland mourns the loss of former Chairperson Mícheál Ó SúilleabháinCounting Down to Navá at WOMEX 2018Ireland at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018Culture Ireland welcomes International Delegates to Dublin for the International Theatre eXchangeThe Irish Arts Center, New York, supported by Culture Ireland continues to play a pivotal roleCulture Ireland congratulates the team involved in the Irish produced The Farthest –Voyager in SpaceFloat like a Butterfly wins major award at TIFFInaugural Culture Ireland Showcase at Tradfest 2019Eilis O’ Connell and Vera Klute mark the contribution of Eileen Gray at Roquebrune-Cap-MartinIrish Opera Kicks Off Busy SeasonSTARS ALIGN FOR IRISH ARTISTSMinister Josepha Madigan is delighted to announce approval of €766,000 in funding by Culture IrelandIreland at Tanzmesse 2018Navá to Perform at WOMEX 2018150+ PERFORMANCES OF IRISH WORK IN EDINBURGH THIS AUGUSTTaoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D., visits the Venice Architecture BiennaleIRISH ARTISTS HEAD TO EDINBURGHPitching Initiative 2018 – Call NoticeWOMEX – World Music ExpoFiraTàrrega – September 2018Things We Haven’t Made Yet – Call NoticeShowcase of Irish artists in the London Irish Centre as part of the Culture Ireland GB18 ProgrammeInvitation to Apply to Participate in Culture Ireland’s Delegation at the Edinburgh Festivals, 2018Minister congratulates Curators and Irish participants in International Venice Architecture BiennaleCulture Ireland at Classical: NEXT 201822 Irish Bands ‘Escape’ to Britain this weekCulture Ireland at Tanzmesse 2018International Delegates Arrive As 2018 Dublin Dance Festival OpensCULTURE IRELAND GB18: APRIL IN GREAT BRITAINLaunch of Ireland’s Representation at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018Minister announces Eva Rothschild to represent Ireland at the 58th Venice Art Biennale in 2019Ireland at JazzaheadLondon Book FairMinister Josepha Madigan today announces €882,000 in funding for Irish arts globallyBritish Embassy Celebrates Culture Ireland GB18 in DublinMinister Madigan Announces New Members to the Culture Ireland Expert Advisory CommitteeSt Patrick’s Day 2018London Concert, Imagining Ireland, Kicks Off Busy Month of Irish Arts Across Great BritainAnnouncement of Irish Architects Plans for Curation of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018Culture Ireland’s 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Showcase ProgrammeCall for Expressions of Interest for Venice Art Biennale 2019Culture Ireland At Classical: NEXT (May 2018)Culture Ireland at Folk Alliance International 2018Culture Ireland Supporting Attendance at Jazzahead! (April 2018)Ireland Is Focus Country at Key Music Industry Event Part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in BritainInternational Delegates Arrive as Tradfest 2018 Opens in DublinBallyturk by Enda WalshMusic From IrelandMinister Madigan Launches Culture Ireland’s 2018 Programme in BritainUILLEANN 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 Applications CLOSEDMinister 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 Submissions

STEPHEN REA, MARTIN HAYES TO PERFORM AS PART OF ONCE-OFF CONCERT AT LONDON’S BARBICAN CENTRE

STEPHEN REA, MARTIN HAYES TO PERFORM AS PART OF ONCE-OFF CONCERT AT LONDON’S BARBICAN CENTRE

Some of Ireland’s finest writers and musicians – including actor Stephen Rea and The Gloaming’s Martin Hayes - will perform at London’s Barbican Centre in a one-night-only concert of words and music exploring Irish life in England.

Imagining Ireland will take place at The Barbican on Wednesday January 30th, 2019 and marks the conclusion of Culture Ireland GB18, a year-long initiative promoting Irish arts across Britain.

Joining Martin and Stephen will be the musicians Iarla O’Lionaird, Radie Peat of Lankum, and Lisa O’Neill whose latest album has just been described as “uncompromising, stunning, soul-shaking stuff” by The Guardian. Last month, Radie Peat was awarded Best Folk Singer at the inaugural RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards.

Writers talking part in the evening include Bailey’s Fiction Prize winner Eimear McBride (Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing) and poet Martina Evans, who have both written extensively on music and life in London, as well as Timothy O’Grady (I Could Read The Sky), Joseph O’Connor (Star of The Sea), and Melatu Uche Okorie (This Hostel Life). Completing the bill will be the BBC documentarian Fergal Keane (The Story of Ireland).

Imagining Ireland is produced by Serious and the National Concert Hall Dublin, and supported by Culture Ireland – Promoting Irish Arts Worldwide.

It is the third concert in a series of words-and-music events produced by Serious and the National Concert Hall, Dublin at the Barbican, following on from Imagining Ireland: 21st Century Song in 2018 and Imagining Ireland: a special event as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme in April 2016.

More information can be found here.https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/imagining-ireland

Posted: 19.11.18

Culture Ireland GB18 – Finishing the Year on a High

Culture Ireland GB18 – Finishing the Year on a High

Culture Ireland GB18, a special year of Irish arts across Britain, finishes the year on a busy high with several projects across England, Scotland and Wales this month and next, including a site-responsive performance by the multi-award winning, multi-disciplinary company ANU Productions. TORCH (Nov 19 - Dec 1) directed by Louise Lowe, is simultaneously uplifting and unsettling, taking audiences on a high octane, unrelenting and immersive journey through the Merseyside town of St. Helens.

Meanwhile, CoisCéim Dance Theatre brings to a close its British tour of The Wolf and Peter with the final two performances (Nov 13 & 14) as part of an Irish Season at Warwick Arts Center in Coventry.

The Irish season also features Dead Centre’s production of Hamnet (Nov 20-22), Fishamble: The New Play Company’s  Underneath (Nov 29) and the Lords of Strut family-friendly show Absolute Legends (Dec 1 & 2).

Other theatre as part of Culture Ireland GB18 includes Fishamble's The Humours of Bandon at Tailesin Arts Center in Wales (Nov 22- Dec 5) and the final performances (until Nov 24) of To Hell In A Handbag, Jonathan White and Helen Norton’s two-hander comedy that has been touring the South-East of England through the House Network since the start of November.

In addition to Irish theatre, a wide range of Irish musicians will perform at both Birmingham’s TradFest (Nov 22-25) and as part of the Irish Blasta Festival, an Irish Traditional Music Weekend (Nov 23 – 25) at the Irish Cultural Centre in London’s Hammersmith.


Representing Ireland’s visual arts scene, Dublin-based artist Jesse Jones’ exhibition Tremble Tremble - first seen at the 2017 Venice Biennale -  is at the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh until the end of January 2019.

Other Irish visual art exhibitions can be seen in Dundee, Aberdeen and Bristol (Catherine Hehir, Des McMahon, Noelle Noonan, Suzanne O’Reilly), Southampton (Sean Lynch, Siobhan Hapaska) and Wiltshire (Siobhan McDonald) and Leeds (Laura Angell).

Finally, the eighth annual edition of Irish Film London will take place across London (Nov 21-25). The festival, which just announced Colin Farrell at its patron, features Smithy & Dickie, Hannah Quinn’s delightful short about 1940s Irish love letters and Under The Clock directed by Colm Nicell which tells the story of a generation of people whose romantic lives began under the famous Clery’s Clock. The closing film is We Ourselves, Paul Mercier’s second feature, an intimate and intense journey into the minds and hearts of a group of idealists and careerists as they take their separate paths in life.

Full details of the programme are available at: www.cultureireland.ie/gb18

Image: CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Matt Szczerek in The Wolf and Peter. Photo credit: Ros Kavanagh

Posted: 13.11.18

Culture Ireland mourns the loss of former Chairperson Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Culture Ireland mourns the loss of former Chairperson Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

The loss of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, former Chairperson of Culture Ireland is deeply felt by the executive of Culture Ireland, former Board members and Committee members as well as audiences around the globe.Mícheál made an enormous contribution as the first Chairperson of Culture Ireland from its establishment in 2005 until 2014, shaping how Ireland could best promote its arts and culture worldwide.

Ireland holds a strong reputation for our creativity globally and Micheál played a huge role (in achieving that through his unique approach and support for Irish artists at every level).

Renowned as a pianist and composer as well as an educationalist who founded the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, where he mentored  further generations of Irish musical talent, Mícheál’s legacy will be far reaching.

Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís

Posted: 08.11.18

Counting Down to Navá at WOMEX 2018

Counting Down to Navá at WOMEX 2018

On Friday 26 October, Irish-Persian fusion band Navá will participate in a special Showcase performance with Culture Ireland support as part of WOMEX World Music Expo 2018.

The performance, part of the off WOMEX Showcase programme, gives the band the opportunity to perform for many of the delegates  - bookers, programmers and promoters - who will be in attendance at the event.
Since forming in early 2016, Navá have been exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. The band is made up of bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes and Iranian-born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe.
WOMEX World Music Expo is one of the key music industry events and 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.

This year’s event takes place in Las Palmas, The Canary Islands between 24 - 28 October 2018.


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
Information about their performance at WOMEX is available here and you can listen to their album on Soundcloud here.


For more information:
www.womex.com
www.horizonsatwomex.com
www.navatheband.com

Posted: 15.10.18

Ireland at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

Ireland at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

As the 70th Frankfurt Book Fair runs from 10-15 October, Literature Ireland promotes Irish literature and publishing with Culture Ireland support.

Frankfurt Book Fair remains one of the world’s most important fairs for the publishing industry. Last year, more than 7,300 exhibitors from over 100 countries participated with and more than 286,000 attendees, including 500 publishers and translators making it the largest event of its kind in the world.
Literature Ireland manages the Irish national stand at Frankfurt, where Irish publishers promote their books and negotiate deals with foreign publishers, selling and buying rights to books in English and foreign language territories and securing key distribution deals.

This year's Irish exhibitors on the Irish stand are:

 Books Ireland
 Cló Iar-Chonnacht
 Futa Fata
 Gill Books
 Little Island
 Maverick House
 Mercier Press
 New Island Books
 O'Brien Press
 Publishing Ireland
 Royal Irish Academy

During the fair, Literature Ireland will meet with up to fifty international publishers to help them develop their lists of Irish literature in translation. They will also meet with international literary agents, translators and colleagues from other cultural institutions from around the world.
The stand at Frankfurt Book Fair is numbered 6.2A 123.
For further information on Literature Ireland and its work, please visit here.
Information on the Frankfurt Book Fair is available here.

Posted: 09.10.18

Culture Ireland welcomes International Delegates to Dublin for the International Theatre eXchange

Culture Ireland welcomes International Delegates to Dublin for the International Theatre eXchange

Culture Ireland Welcomes International Delegates to Dublin for the 25th International Theatre eXchange.

With the support of Culture Ireland 22 international delegates and presenters from Europe and North America will attend the International Theatre eXchange, operated in partnership with the Irish Theatre Institute and the Dublin Theatre Festival over the first weekend of October 2018

These international programmers and festival directors will undertake a full programme including Dublin Theatre Festival performances, works at development stage, pitching session of work which was presented by companies over the past year.

Also there will be meetings with Irish theatre companies in order to develop relationships and contacts for potential touring opportunities and a Culture Ireland networking event.


This initiative has, in previous years, resulted in many Irish companies and artists being invited to present their work globally.

This direct engagement with presenters in Dublin continues to offer valuable opportunities for artists to present their work and network with the international delegates.

#ITX
#DTF18

Further information is available here: 

http://www.irishtheatreinstitute.ie/ and  https://www.dublintheatrefestival.com/Online/default.asp

Posted: 04.10.18

The Irish Arts Center, New York, supported by Culture Ireland continues to play a pivotal role

The Irish Arts Center, New York, supported by Culture Ireland continues to play a pivotal role

The Irish Arts Center, New York, supported by Culture Ireland to deliver an annual programme of Irish arts, continues to play a pivotal role in promoting Irish arts globally.

This Autumn the programme includes the special return engagement of Mikil Murfi’s The Man in the Woman's Shoes, a 2015 New York Times Critic's Pick and companion piece to 2018 Critic's Pick I Hear You and Rejoice.

Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote “these pieces are part of a flourishing tradition in Irish theater of maximally populated plays performed by minimal casts”.

Other events in October at the Irish Arts Center include Muldoon’s Picnic, and solo exhibition by Bernie Leahy.

Posted: 03.10.18

Culture Ireland congratulates the team involved in the Irish produced The Farthest –Voyager in Space

Culture Ireland congratulates the team involved in the Irish produced The Farthest –Voyager in Space

Culture Ireland congratulates the team involved in the Irish produced documentary The Farthest – Voyager in Space on its award for Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary at the International News and Documentary Emmys.
 

The award, announced at the Lincoln Centre in New York City, on 1 October recognises the success of the documentary which charts the 1977 launch of two space probes by NASA to obtain information about the furthest reaches of the solar system
Culture Ireland is delighted to have supported the film to reach a wide audience in the US through its screening in key film festivals including Boulder International film Festival, Colorado, Tribeca Film Festival, New York, Seattle Film Festival and AFI Film Festival, Hollywood.

Posted: 02.10.18

Float like a Butterfly wins major award at TIFF

Float like a Butterfly wins major award at TIFF

Float like a Butterfly and Irish filmmaker Carmel Winters win a major award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2018

Float Like a Butterfly, a new Irish film written and directed by Carmel Winters, won a major award at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday 14th September, following its screening at TIFF with the support of Culture Ireland. Winning the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize for the Discovery Programme is major coup and Culture Ireland offers our congratulations to Carmel and the team at Samson Films on their success. The film tells the story of a Traveller girl and deals with issues surrounding tensions between the settled community and travelling people as well as internal issues in the Traveller community. 

Through our funding programmes, Culture Ireland supports Irish artists and arts organisations to present their work to new and diverse international audiences. Float Like a Butterfly is one of four films which were supported by Culture Ireland for screening at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival.

Photograph courtesy of TIFF

Posted: 18.09.18

Inaugural Culture Ireland Showcase at Tradfest 2019

Inaugural Culture Ireland Showcase at Tradfest 2019

In 2019 Culture Ireland and Tradfest are initiating a new Showcase opportunity for emerging Irish musicians as part of the annual Festival in Dublin in January.

Culture Ireland invites applications from bands at the early stages of their career who wish to participate in this Showcase performance as part of Tradfest 2019.
The Showcase event will take place on Friday 25 January 2019.  Bands included in the Tradfest 2019 programme are not eligible to apply.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
• The band or individual musician must be able to demonstrate a national profile
• The band should not already have any significant  international touring record
• The artist(s) must have audio and promotional materials and management or agency support
• quality of production and presentation
• evidence of positive independent critical recognition of significance

Applicants should submit through the Culture Ireland Showcase application system – you can start your application by clicking here.  A contribution towards local travel costs for artists outside of Dublin will be included. Applicants must include:
• High Quality Video footage of the band in performance.
• MP3s of at least three audio tracks
Culture Ireland will prepare a shortlist of artists from the applicants and the final selection will be made by Tradfest.
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 10th October at 5pm.

Posted: 18.09.18

Eilis O’ Connell and Vera Klute mark the contribution of Eileen Gray at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

Eilis O’ Connell and Vera Klute mark the contribution of Eileen Gray at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

Josepha Madigan, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht congratulates Irish sculptors Eilis O' Connell and Vera Klute on their work to mark the contribution of Irish born Eileen Gray to French and international arts, which is supported by Culture Ireland.

Today 11 September 2018 His Serene Highness, Prince Albert of Monaco, accompanied by Patricia O’Brien, Ireland’s Ambassador to France, will open the Art’Bre sculpture exhibition in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, featuring a commissioned bust of Eileen Gray by Dublin’s Vera Klute and a selection of works by Eilis O’Connell.

Minister Madigan said that “Eileen Gray was a pioneer and model for female architects and designers. In this special year with Irish architects Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell curating the Venice Biennale it is timely to mark Gray’s contribution and I congratulate  Eilis O’Connell and Vera Klute, two of Ireland’s leading contemporary female sculptors for their outstanding work”.

Eileen Gray, a pioneer of the Modernist movement in architecture and furniture designer was born in Enniscorthy but spent much of her life in France. Her achievements will be marked at the house designed by Gray in Cap Moderne where the bust of Gray by Klute and Eilis O’Connell sculpture exhibition, curated by Patrick T Murphy of the Royal Hibernian Gallery are sited. Further works by O’Connell will be displayed in the Municipal Park for the month of September.

Culture Ireland, a Division of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht awarded support of €25,000 for the travel and transport elements related Vera Klute to Eilis O’Connell’s work.

In 2013, Culture Ireland supported a major retrospective of Eileen Gray at the Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency.

Image: Ambassador Patricia O’Brien and Michael Likierman with Vera Klute's Bust of Eileen Gray
 

Posted: 11.09.18

Irish Opera Kicks Off Busy Season

Irish Opera Kicks Off Busy Season

IRISH OPERA KICKS OFF BUSY SEASON FOR IRISH ARTISTS IN BRITAN AS PART OF CULTURE IRELAND GB18

Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy’s opera The Second Violinist, artist Jesse Jones' Tremble Tremble (Ireland at Venice 2017)  and a new site-specific production from ANU productions are among the many highlights of Culture Ireland’s GB18 programme this Autumn.

Culture Ireland's yearlong focus on Irish work in Britain continues with the UK premiere of Landmark Productions and Irish National Opera’s critically acclaimed The Second Violinist, opening tonight at London’s Barbican Center for three performances. The opera launches a busy autumn across Britain for Irish artists with more than 40 projects touring across England, Scotland and Wales, including participation for the first time in the Liverpool Irish and Irish Tyneside Festivals.

Other autumn highlights for Culture Ireland GB18 include:
Theatre - Shows by The Abbey Theatre, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Pan Pan Theatre and Dead Centre
Music - National tour by Slow Moving Clouds
Literature - A 16-city tour by Stephen James Smith
Film - A programme of Irish film by Irish Film Institute in various British cities
Dance - Performances by CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Colin Dunne and Liz Roche Company.
Visual Arts - Jesse Jones’ Tremble Tremble in Edinburgh and more than a dozen Irish artists exhibiting at galleries across Britain

for more information please visit www.cultureireland.ie/gb18

Image: from left - right Lords of Strut, Hamnet, Stephen James Smith, ANU Productions, To Hell In A Handbag, CoisCeim Dance Theatre

Posted: 06.09.18

STARS ALIGN FOR IRISH ARTISTS

STARS ALIGN FOR IRISH ARTISTS

WORKS SUPPORTED BY CULTURE IRELAND WINNING AWARDS IN EDINBURGH

British theatre critics have been glowing in their reviews for the eight Irish shows presented in Edinburgh this past month with the support of Culture Ireland, as part of Culture Ireland GB18.

Druid Theatre won a coveted Herald Angel for Garry Hynes’ revival of Waiting for Godot. The production, which The Times praised as “superb”, ran at The Lyceum as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Inis Theatre won a Scotsman Fringe First for David Horan’s and Iseult Golden’s Class. This play, at The Traverse in association with The Abbey Theatre, won many accolades and 4 stars from The Scotsman, The Herald and The Guardian, which listed it as one of the best Fringe shows. Class was also nominated for a Carol Tambor Award.

The Guardian also named Malaprop’s Everything Not Saved and Prime Cut & Pat Narrans’ production of My Left Nut in its list of Best Fringe Shows.

The Observer praised the “breathtaking performances” by Irish actors Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O’Sullivan, in Landmark Productions’ The Approach by Mark O’Rowe. The play, which ran at The Assembly Hall, received 5 stars from the Edinburgh Reporter and the Edinburgh Festivals Magazine.

“One of the best plays in the city this year” was how the British Theatre Guide rated Maz & Bricks Eva O’Connor’s play, presented by Fishamble - The New Play Company.

Ireland’s dance productions were also singled out this year with both Ballet Ireland’s Giselle and Liz Roche Company’s WRoNGHEADED receiving 4 stars from The Stage.

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Joseph Madigan T. D. congratulated all the Irish artists and creative teams in Edinburgh. She said: “With more than 3,500 shows at the Edinburgh Festivals, it is testament to the high quality of work being created in Ireland that Irish artists received awards and such critical acclaim. I am immensely proud of all the achievements in Edinburgh and the work that Culture Ireland does in supporting these productions. Our artists continually present work on the international stage of the highest standard which provide global audiences with a sense of  Ireland and the powerful creativity of our people”

The Edinburgh Fringe runs until August 29th

Photograph by: Ros Kavanagh

Posted: 24.08.18

Minister Josepha Madigan is delighted to announce approval of €766,000 in funding by Culture Ireland

Minister Josepha Madigan is delighted to announce approval of €766,000 in funding by Culture Ireland

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., is delighted to announce approval of €766,000 in funding by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., is delighted to announce approval of €766,000 in funding by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.  Almost €682,000 of the funding awarded will enable 115 Irish artists and arts organisations to present projects, covering circus, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts in 38 different countries later this year and in 2019. The remaining awards, totalling over €84,000 are to support presentations by Irish artists and arts organisations as part of Culture Ireland GB18 Programme, bringing the total for the support for this programme to €1.17m.

Announcing the awards Minister Madigan said “The importance of supporting Irish artists to present their work worldwide has recently been further endorsed by Government under the Global Ireland initiative which aims to double Ireland’s global footprint by 2025. Our artists have an ambition and talent which has ensured that Ireland is known on the international stage for our creativity and imagination. This has distinguished us globally and has also helped us to engage globally.”                              

Highlights of the projects being funded in this round include, a focus on Beckett in Mexico City in November 2018, Irish music, performance and film at NZ Irish Fest in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in November 2018, a spectacle presentation by Macnas at SXSW, Austin, Texas in March 2019 which coincides with a major annual showcase of Irish bands.

Included in the theatre highlights are presentation by Dead Centre of Hamnet and Chekhov's First Play at Hong Kong Arts Festival in March 2019 and an extensive US tour of They Called Her Vivaldi by Theatre Lovett from 12 February to 12 May 2019.

The artist selected to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2019, Eva Rothschild, will exhibit at ACCA International, Melbourne, Australia, 28 September - 25 November 2018 and galleries are being supported to present the work of Irish visual artists at key art fairs. 

The strong offering of traditional and new Irish music includes tours of Europe, the US, South Africa and Australia and worldwide performances for International Uilleann Piping Day are being supported to take place in the Britain, the US, Argentina, Italy and New Zealand on 3 November 2018.

The Culture Ireland GB18 Programme, which seeks to renew the cultural and artistic links across Scotland, Wales and England through an enhanced programme of activity, has been expanded with the addition of The Abbey Theatre’s production of Two Pints by Roddy Doyle on tour to Newcastle Live and Sunderland and a tour by Stephen James Smith.

Please see www.cultureireland.ie for the full list of Summer Grant Round grantees.
Details and updates of the Culture Ireland GB18 programme are available on www.cultureireland.ie/gb18

Image caption: Theatre Lovett's They Called her Vivaldi by Louis Lovett. Starring Louis Lovett and Genevieve Hulme Beaman. Photo: Ros Kavanagh.

Posted: 20.08.18

Ireland at Tanzmesse 2018

Ireland at Tanzmesse 2018

Culture Ireland, in partnership with Dance Ireland, will be leading a large delegation of Contemporary Dance Artists and companies to internationale tanzmesse nrw 2018 later this month.

Tanzmesse is one of the largest industry events dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance and takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany from 28 August to 1 September 2018.

This year, three Irish artists have been selected to participate in the official Showcase programme of the event: Oona Doherty, Dance Ireland Associate Artist Liam Scanlon and John Scott. Through presentations of their work on stage and in the studios, they will have the opportunity to meet international festival directors and secure further touring opportunities.

In addition, Irish dance artists, choreographers, producers and programmers will attend Tanzmesse as delegates, with the support of a travel bursary from Culture Ireland. These delegates are David Bolger, Jazmin Chiodi, Nicola Curry, Kristyn Fontanella and Catherine Young. As well as networking and meeting representatives from the international dance sector, the delegates will be in attendance at the Ireland stand at the event (Booth 24 in the Trade Exhibition Hall).

Full details, including a schedule of the Irish showings is available here (ISSUU version).

Details on Tanzmesse are available here.
 

Posted: 13.08.18

Navá to Perform at WOMEX 2018

Navá to Perform at WOMEX 2018

Irish-Persian fusion band Navá will participate in a special Showcase performance with Culture Ireland support at WOMEX 2018.

WOMEX World Music Expo is one of the key music industry events and 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. This year’s event takes place in Las Palmas, The Canary Islands between 24 - 28 October 2018.

Since forming in early 2016, Navá have been exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. The band is made up of bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes and Iranian-born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe.

They have toured regularly since their formation including performances at Celtic Connections, Electric Picnic, Doolin Folk Festival, Bray Jazz Festival and most recently, at a special Patrons’ Concert at Áras an Uachtaráin. Their debut album Tapestry was released in October 2017.

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.

Further information:
www.womex.com
www.navatheband.com
www.horizonsatwomex.com

You can listen to Navá on Soundcloud here.

Posted: 09.08.18

150+ PERFORMANCES OF IRISH WORK IN EDINBURGH THIS AUGUST

150+ PERFORMANCES OF IRISH WORK IN EDINBURGH THIS AUGUST

Largest-ever contingent of Irish Artists headed to Scotland with Theatre, Literature, Ballet and Contemporary Dance as part of Culture Ireland GB18

Druid Theatre Company, Landmark Productions and Ballet Ireland are among the many Irish companies presenting work at the prestigious Edinburgh Festivals this August, with the support of Culture Ireland.

Thousands of audience members across the Edinburgh International, Fringe and International Book Festivals will be able to enjoy more than 150 performances of Irish theatre, ballet and contemporary dance and appearances by Irish writers.

This year’s delegation of Irish work- the largest ever - is a key part of Culture Ireland GB18, a yearlong initiative promoting Irish arts in Britain.

Josepha Madigan T. D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht sent best wishes to this year’s delegation saying: “Irish writers, artists and performers have established a strong reputation in Edinburgh for high-quality productions, and this year’s programme at Edinburgh forms an important part of the Culture Ireland GB18 programme, focusing on building our cultural connections. The delegation, with the support of Culture Ireland, once again showcases the very best of Irish theatre, dance and literature. I wish them all the best and hope that their visit to Edinburgh is a springboard for further international opportunities.”

Since 2005, Culture Ireland has presented the works of more than 80 Irish companies and 120 Irish writers at the Edinburgh Festivals. The Festivals are a key cultural marketplace for new and emerging artists and in recent years, Irish work supported in Edinburgh by Culture Ireland has led to several Irish companies touring their work overseas. Highlights of the past few years include Fishamble touring both the Olivier-award- winning Silent and Fringe First-winning Underneath around the world; Corn Exchange’s production A Girl is a Half-formed Thing being invited to London and New York and Dublin Oldschool by Emmet Kirwan invited to London’s National Theatre with a movie version of the play currently on general release.
Irish Work at Edinburgh this year includes:

Edinburgh International Festival
·    Druid’s production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett at The Lyceum for 11 Performances from 3 – 12 August 2018

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
·    Landmark Productions’s The Approach by Mark O’Rowe at Rainy Hall, Assembly Hall for 22 performances between 2-26 August, 2018
·    Class written and produced by Iseult Golden and David Horan, in association with The Abbey Theatre at the Traverse Theatre for 22 performances from 2-26 August, 2018
·    Maz and Bricks by Eva O’Connor produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company at Cairns Lecture Theatre, Summerhall for 22 performances from 1-26 August, 2018
·    My Left Nut written by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney, a co-production by Pan Narrans Theatre and Prime Cut Productions, at Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall for 24 performances from 1-26 August, 2018
·    Everything Not Saved by MALAPROP collective at the Old Lab, Summerhall for 23 performances  from 1-26 August, 2018
·    Ballet Ireland’s production of Giselle at Dance Base for 15 performances from 3-19 August, 2019
·    WRoNGHEADED by Liz Roche Company at Dance Base for 15 performances from 3–19 August, 2018

Edinburgh International Book Festival (11-27 August, 2018)
Nine Irish writers - both established and emerging - will be featured at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (which runs August 11-27, 2018). The writers appearing with the support of Culture Ireland include:  Eileen Battersby, John Boyne, Helena Duggan, Derek Landy, Paul Lynch, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Malachi O’Doherty, Donal Ryan and Darren Shan.

In addition to these works, Culture Ireland hosted its annual Networking Reception where Irish artists met and interacted with international promoters and presenters. This year’s event was held in The Hub, the headquarters of the Edinburgh International Festival, on Monday 6 August. This key moment in the Showcase programme and has an excellent track record of developing international contacts for the Showcase artists.

Image: Members of Ballet Ireland at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 as part of Culture Ireland GB18. Photographed by Julie Howden

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About Culture Ireland GB18: Promoting Irish Artists in Britain
Culture Ireland’s special focus of Irish artistic activity in Britain in 2018. GB18 is a a vibrant, contemporary and high quality programme that includes a range of work from all artistic disciplines including architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theatre, opera and visual art in high-profile venues, institutions and festivals in Britain. GB18 builds on Ireland's special history and relationship with its nearest neighbour and follows the successes of previous programme strands (Imagine Ireland in 2011, Culture Connects across the EU in 2013, I Am Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme).  Culture Ireland GB18 is creating unique opportunities for artists and companies in all art forms to perform across Britain and is developing new audiences and networks of contacts. GB18 works are being seen in more than two dozen cities around Britain including, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Channel Islands, Cheltenham, Chester, Dundee, Edinburgh, Fishguard, Glasgow, St. Helen’s, Ipswich, Liverpool, London, Ludlow, Manchester, Paisley, Southampton, Reading, Rye, St. Andrews and Warwick.

About Culture Ireland
Founded in 2005, Culture Ireland - a division of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht - works to generate international opportunities for Irish artists and supports Irish artists as they gain global contracts and develop their careers. In 2017, Culture Ireland reached 3.5 million live audience members and 7 million online viewers through the 450 Culture Ireland supported events presented in over 50 countries by Irish artists.
 

Posted: 08.08.18

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D., visits the Venice Architecture Biennale

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D., visits the Venice Architecture Biennale

The Taoiseach visited the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice on Wednesday 25th July 2018.

This year is a very special year for Ireland at Venice as Grafton Architects were selected as overall curators for the exhibition which is the largest and most renowned platform for architecture in the world. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Arts Council.

The two architects, Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, were driven to create the best possible exhibition in Venice to honour Ireland at this key international platform and they included 71 participants.  The exhibition is entitled “Freespace” and is open until November 26th 2018.

The Taoiseach said “We are especially proud that, for the first time in the history of the Biennale, the exhibition is being curated by two Irish architects.  It fits in with our vision that Ireland should be seen as an island of creativity “.

The level of Irish participation is unprecedented.  Prominent Irish architectural firms, O'Dobnnell +Toumey and deBlacam and Meagher, are included in the main exhibition alongside Niall McLaughlin, now leading a London based award winning practice. Sixteen younger Irish architectural firms are to present in a Special Section, Close Encounter, meeting with remarkable projects. Further the graphic identity of the Biennale and the catalogues are by Irish design studio, Atelier Project. This level of Irish participation communicates and celebrates Ireland's creativity and marks an important point for Irish architecture and design globally. 

Ireland’s National Pavlion

Entitled “Free Market”, the exhibition highlights the generosity, humanity and possibility in the common spaces of Ireland’s market towns whose marketplaces have undergone fundamental change in recent times. The project proposes to reclaim these places of interaction and community and to re-imagine the shared urban territory of the small town marketplace.

The team of co-curators behind the selection for Ireland's national presentation is made up of a team of architects: Laurence Lord (AP+E), Orla Murphy (Custom), Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E), Jo Anne Butler (Culturstruction), Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction) and Miriam Delaney (DIT).

Free Market’, will tour towns in Ireland in 2019 following its presentation in Venice.

Photo from left to right:
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE;
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister of Ireland;
Manuela Lucà-Dazio, Head of the Visual Arts and Architecture Department, La Biennale di Venezia;
Colm Ó Floinn, Ambassador of Ireland to Italy;
Valerie Behan, Director of Grant Programmes, Culture Ireland;
Valentina Borsato, Director of Administration, Finance, Management Supervision and Sponsorship, Promotion, La Biennale di Venezia

Photo: Andrea Avezzù
Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia

Posted: 27.07.18

IRISH ARTISTS HEAD TO EDINBURGH

IRISH ARTISTS HEAD TO EDINBURGH

Over 150 performances of Irish theatre and dance along with appearances by Irish writers will take place at three Edinburgh Festivals next month, with the support of Culture Ireland.

The Edinburgh Showcase programme is a key part of Culture Ireland GB18, a yearlong focus of presenting Irish arts across Scotland, England and Wales.

Success at Edinburgh has led to many international opportunities for Irish artists over recent years and this year’s lineup promises to add to these achievements. In promoting Irish artists and their work, Culture Ireland acknowledges the vital support of the three Festivals (Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe & Edinburgh International Book Festival), venues such as Dance Base, Summerhall and Traverse and the Irish Consulate in Edinburgh.

The Irish work heading to Edinburgh includes Druid’s powerful staging of one of the most iconic and significant plays of the 20th Century, Samuel Beckett’s  "Waiting for Godot” at the Edinburgh International Festival (The Lyceum, 3-12 Aug), and Ballet Ireland’s modern re-telling of the timeless classic “Giselle” at the Edinburgh Fringe (Dance Base, 3 – 19 Aug).

Other work featured at the Edinburgh Fringe includes new Irish writing with Mark O’Rowe’s “The Approach", presented by Landmark Productions (Assembly Hall, 2 – 26 Aug) and featuring three of this generation’s finest performers; “Class" by Iseult Golden and David Horan, in association with the Abbey Theatre (Traverse Theatre, 2 – 26 Aug); Eva O’Connor’s “Maz and Bricks” by the triple Fringe First and Olivier award-winning Fishamble: The New Play Company (Summerhall, 1 – 26 Aug) and "My Left Nut" written by Michael Patrick and Oisin Kearney (Summerhall, 1- 26 Aug) . Multidisciplinary work at the festival includes Liz Roche Company’s “WRoNGHEADED" (Dance Base, 3 – 19 Aug) which merges film, voice and movement, and Malaprop Theatre’s award-winning “Everything Not Saved” (Summerhall, 1 – 26 Aug).

Nine Irish writers - both established and emerging - will be featured at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (which runs August 11-27). The writers appearing with the support of Culture Ireland include:  Eileen Battersby, John Boyne, Helena Duggan, Derek Landy, Paul Lynch, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Malachi O’Doherty, Donal Ryan and Darren Shan.

Since 2005, Culture Ireland has presented the works of more than 80 Irish companies and 120 Irish writers at the Edinburgh Festivals. Culture Ireland will host its annual Networking Reception where Irish artists meet with international promoters and presenters. This year’s event, scheduled for the afternoon of Monday 6 August, is a key moment in the Showcase programme and has an excellent track record of developing international contacts for the Showcase artists.

Full details of Culture Ireland’s Edinburgh Showcase Programme (ISSUU Version) are available here.

A schedule of performances is available to download here.

For more information on Culture Ireland GB18, please visit cultureireland.ie/gb18.

Posted: 27.07.18

Pitching Initiative 2018 – Call Notice

Pitching Initiative 2018 – 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 5th/6th October 2018.

Participants in previous pitches have developed substantial international opportunities based on their presentation.

Successful applicants will be offered a 15-minute platform to pitch their projects to national and international delegates, using an appropriate combination of performance, spoken presentation and high quality moving-image footage of the work. The pitch will take place on the morning of Friday 5th October 2018. Technical support and AV (projector, PA) will be provided. A contribution to travel expenses for artists based outside Dublin 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 2017 to 30th June 2018.  Work presented as part of the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival programme is not eligible for submission.
• Work must be suitable in terms of scale and availability for international touring during 2018/2019.
• 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 4 - 7 October 2018.
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 7th August 2018 enclosing an online link to the production footage.
Download application form here.

Image: MALAPROP’s production of Everything Not Saved which was part of the 2017 Pitching Initiative. Photographer: Kasia Kaminska

Posted: 19.07.18

WOMEX – World Music Expo

WOMEX – World Music Expo

Culture Ireland Call for Delegates - Culture Ireland is offering a limited number of delegate bursaries aimed at artists and promoters who have a track record of touring.

Culture Ireland is offering delegate bursaries to WOMEX World Music Expo, 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. 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. The 2018 edition takes place in Las Palmas, The Canary Islands from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th October 2018.

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 (€500 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 Friday, 3rd August 2018.
 

Posted: 18.07.18

FiraTàrrega – September 2018

FiraTàrrega – September 2018

Culture Ireland is inviting applications for travel support for those wishing to promote work at FiraTàrrega taking place in Tàrrega, Spain from 6 to 9 September 2018.
 

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.

Since 2016, Culture Ireland has supported an Irish presence at the event and 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 Tuesday 31st July 2018.
 

Posted: 12.07.18

Things We Haven’t Made Yet – Call Notice

Things We Haven’t Made Yet – Call Notice

New Pitching Session for this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival for Work in Development
Culture Ireland, Irish Theatre Institute and Dublin Fringe Festival 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 Information Toolbox on Saturday 15th September 2018.

The purpose of this session is to allow artists to pitch new projects and projects in development to delegates with the intention of generating international presentation or co-producing opportunities for the artists and their work.
Successful applicants will be offered a 10-minute platform to pitch their projects to national and international delegates, using a potential combination of performance, spoken presentation and high quality moving-image footage relating to the proposed work.
Artists from any discipline are eligible to apply. Successful artists will be required to work with Culture Ireland and Irish Theatre Institute to prepare their pitch in advance.

Qualifying Criteria:
Applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Artist must include details of the work in development as part of their application. If no work is specified, application will be deemed ineligible.
  • Evidence of track record and positive independent critical recognition for the artist/company must be available.
  • The applicant must be available for preparatory work in advance of the Fringe and to meet international presenters over the weekend of 14 - 16 September 2018.
  • Artists from any artform are eligible to apply.
  • Artists whose work will be featured in the 2018 programmes of either Dublin Fringe Festival or Dublin Theatre Festival are ineligible to apply. A further call for the Pitching Session of International Theatre eXchange will be posted later.

Assessment Criteria:
Applications will be assessed based on the following:

  • The capacity of the artist/company to avail of international opportunities.
  • Current programming trends in key international festivals and venues.
  • The extent to which the application fulfils the qualifying criteria.
  • Selection will be made jointly by Irish Theatre Institute, Culture Ireland and Dublin Fringe Festival and will take into account the likely international attendees at the event.

To Apply:
Applications should be submitted to: info@cultureireland.gov.ie before 5pm on Wednesday 18th July
Application forms are available here.

Posted: 03.07.18

Showcase of Irish artists in the London Irish Centre as part of the Culture Ireland GB18 Programme

Showcase of Irish artists in the London Irish Centre as part of the Culture Ireland GB18 Programme

Culture Ireland and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. attend event with Dermot O'Leary, Ed Sheeran, Loah, Eimear McGeown, Stephen James Smith, Lisa Hannigan, Luke Concannon and Andy Irvine.

Culture Ireland supported a Showcase of Irish artists in the London Irish Centre as part of the Culture Ireland GB18 Programme on 19 June attended by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D.  The event was hosted by Dermot O'Leary and also featured a special appearance by Ed Sheeran.  Performing at the Showcase were exciting new voices from Ireland: Loah, Eimear McGeown and Stephen James Smith.

Also performing at the event were Ed and Dermot's special guests, Lisa Hannigan, Luke Concannon and Andy Irvine.

The special event, marking the plans for the redevelopment of the London Irish Centre, was also attended by Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. 

Established in 1955, the London Irish Centre presents an annual programme of Irish artists supported by Culture Ireland.  The centre has played a central role in the lives of the Irish community in London for over six decades.  Tuesday's event marked the start of a plan to regenerate the Centre which will enable it to project a dynamic image of Ireland and present high quality Irish contemporary arts as well as provide an important resource for the Irish community in London.

Posted: 20.06.18

Invitation to Apply to Participate in Culture Ireland’s Delegation at the Edinburgh Festivals, 2018

Invitation to Apply to Participate in Culture Ireland’s Delegation at the Edinburgh Festivals, 2018

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

In 2018, Culture Ireland will host a networking event to facilitate direct engagement with international promoters in Edinburgh for the festivals.

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 6th August 2018 (mid-afternoon). A travel grant of €400 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 2019/2020.

Applicants must be available to be in Edinburgh on the afternoon of Monday 6th August 2018 to attend the Culture Ireland international networking event.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday 29th June 2018.

This year, Culture Ireland is supporting eight productions to present their work at Edinburgh and is part of Culture Ireland GB18, a year-long initiative promoting Irish artists in Britain and celebrating the many artists and industry professionals who have based their careers in both territories.

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 credit: Fishamble’s production of The Humours of Bandon by Margaret McAuliffe which was part of the 2017 Culture Ireland Edinburgh Showcase (Pic: George Carter)

Posted: 13.06.18

Minister congratulates Curators and Irish participants in International Venice Architecture Biennale

Minister congratulates Curators and Irish participants in International Venice Architecture Biennale

Minister Josepha Madigan congratulates the Curators of and Irish participants in the International Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., extends her congratulations to the curators, Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects on the opening of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2018 (the ‘Biennale’). These two Irish architects are honoured with the task of curating the central exhibition at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2018 and have developed the theme “Freespace” which will inform all national exhibitions.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are supporting the Architecture Biennale as it offers a unique opportunity for Ireland to showcase Irish talent to the world and enable Irish architects achieve international exposure and generate opportunities to present their work Internationally. With visitor numbers expected to be over one quarter of a million in 2018, it is clear that the reach and legacy of the exhibition will be wide and multifaceted. Ireland is represented at the Venice Biennale each year through the initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council.
Minister Madigan said: “My Department is delighted to be supporting the Curators and the largest ever presentation of Irish architectural talent on the most important global platform for the exhibition of architecture in 2018.   I would like to congratulate Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects, a highly regarded partnership, who are the first ever Irish architects to be selected as curators of La Biennale Architettura.  It is a great honour for them and for Ireland and I wish them every success with the exhibition which continues until November 25th.”

Grafton Architects have selected an extensive list of Irish participants to be included in the exhibition and this reflects the significant international success of Irish architects, many of whom are at an early stage of their careers. Among the established architects selected to present their work are O’Donnell Twomey, de Blacam Meagher, Niall McLaughlin as well as 16 emerging practices which will have their work presented through an exhibition entitled “Close Encounter, meetings with remarkable projects”.

This extent of Irish architectural talent making waves internationally is unprecedented. The theme ‘Freespace’, selected by the curators has a focus on the quality of space itself and has a generosity of spirit and sense of humanity at the core of architecture’s agenda.

Today (24th May) will see the opening of Ireland’s national exhibition at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition.  Entitled “Free Market”, it will highlight the generosity, humanity and possibility in the common spaces of Ireland’s market towns whose marketplaces have undergone fundamental change in recent times. The project proposes to reclaim these places of interaction and community and to re-imagine the shared urban territory of the small town marketplace.

The team of co-curators behind the selection for Ireland's national presentation is made up of  a team of architects: Laurence Lord (AP+E), Orla Murphy (Custom), Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E), Jo Anne Butler (Culturstruction), Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction) and Miriam Delaney (DIT).

In congratulating the “Free Market” team Minister Madigan said “I am delighted to have such a dedicated, talented and enthusiastic team of architects representing Ireland in our National Pavilion this year.  The theme of “Free Market” resonates not only with the small towns of rural Ireland, but also with many small towns worldwide.  I wish the team every success for their exhibition and very much look forward to its return to Ireland in 2019 following its stay in Venice”.

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Posted: 24.05.18

Culture Ireland at Classical: NEXT 2018

Culture Ireland at Classical: NEXT 2018

Culture Ireland leads an Irish delegation to Classical: NEXT which takes place this week in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 16 to 19 May 2018.

Classical:NEXT is an international Showcase and industry conference aimed at the classical and contemporary music sector.
The four-day networking and showcase event, marking its 7th edition in 2018, 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:
Cian Elliott, Irish Baroque Orchestra
Neva Elliott McGinley, Crash Ensemble
Evonne Ferguson, Contemporary Music Centre
Majella Hollywood, Chamber Choir Ireland
Fergus and Una Johnston, Artsada
Deirdre Moynihan, Music Network
Muireann Ní Dhubhghaill. Association of Irish Composers

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 hashtag #musicfromireland.

Posted: 16.05.18

22 Irish Bands ‘Escape’ to Britain this week

22 Irish Bands ‘Escape’ to Britain this week

The largest ever delegation of Irish musicians and bands makes it way to Brighton, England this week for The Great Escape, as part of Culture Ireland GB18 - Promoting Irish Arts in Britain.  A total of 22 Irish acts, including Dermot Kennedy, Wyvern Lingo, Aine Cahill, and Pillow Queens will perform at the three-day festival—Britain's largest and most important showcase of new music—from May 17-19.

Music From Ireland will host a brunch with Culture Ireland GB18 at The Great Escape to celebrate the Irish acts showcasing this year. This brunch will offer the opportunity for bookers, agents and international delegates to meet with Irish talent, and to further the many networking and working opportunities between Great Britain and Ireland

The brunch will be followed by the Music From Ireland Showcase from noon to 5pm, where five of the 22 bands will perform in The Prince Albert. (12.00 Tim Chadwick / 13.00 Pillow Queens / 14.00 Fontaines D.C. /  15.00  Æ Mak / 16.00  RuthAnne)

The full list of Irish acts selected for this year's festival are -
ABQ
ÁINE CAHILL
DERMOT KENNEDY
JOSHUA BURNSIDE
WYVERN LINGO
LE BOOM
TIM CHADWICK
FONTAINES D.C.
PILLOW QUEENS
MONCRIEFF
WHEN YOUNG
TOUTS
LILLA VARGEN
RUTHANNE
THE ESKIES
Æ MAK
REWS
JEALOUS OF THE BIRDS
CATHERINE McGRATH
DAVID KEENAN
KEEVA
FANGCLUB

More information about The Great Escape can be found here.

Posted: 15.05.18

Culture Ireland at Tanzmesse 2018

Culture Ireland at Tanzmesse 2018

Culture Ireland invites applications to participate as a delegate at the Tanzmesse 2018 (29 August – 1 September 2018)

Culture Ireland invites applications from dance artists, dance company managers and dance producers from Ireland wishing to participate in Tanzmesse in Düsseldorf, Germany, which takes place from 29 August to 1 September 2018.

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.

For the 2018 edition, Culture Ireland is partnering with Dance Ireland, who are managing and delivering the Irish stand at the event and working closely with Culture Ireland to develop further international opportunities for Irish artists from the dance community.

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 (2019/2020)
• 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 2018/2019 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 scheduled attendance at the Ireland stand.

Culture Ireland support:

Culture Ireland will offer funding to successful applicants towards travel and accommodation costs. (€450) One bursary application per company for artist, producer or company manager will be eligible for consideration. 

Irish companies/artists which are participating in the Showcase and Open Studio programmes at Tanzmesse and have already received Culture Ireland support 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 Monday 21st May 2018.

Image:
Sibéal Davitt & Kristyn Fontanella in As We Know It (Open Studio Artists at Tanzmesse 2016)
Pic Credit: Lucy Dawson (www.lucydawson.ie)

Posted: 08.05.18

International Delegates Arrive As 2018 Dublin Dance Festival Opens

International Delegates Arrive As 2018 Dublin Dance Festival Opens

With support from Culture Ireland, 18 International Festival Directors and presenters will travel to Dublin over the next three weeks to see the wide range of Irish dance artists at this year’s Dublin Dance Festival. The delegates are travelling from a wide range of territories including Britain, the US, Belgium, France and Brazil.

The delegates will see Irish work from established companies including Junk Ensemble, Liz Roche Company and Oona Doherty as well as emerging artists. Through the First Looks programme at Dance House, which Culture Ireland partners with the Festival, a showcase of new works-in-development by Ireland-based dance artists including Jessie Keenan, Ruairí Donovan and Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company will be presented over two weekends..

Details of the First Looks as part of the programme of Irish work at the Festival are available here.

Full details of the Dublin Dance Festival which opens tomorrow are available here.

Image: Junk Ensemble, Dolores

Posted: 01.05.18

CULTURE IRELAND GB18: APRIL IN GREAT BRITAIN

CULTURE IRELAND GB18: APRIL IN GREAT BRITAIN

Ireland's history was the backdrop to two important Culture Ireland GB18 projects this April.

At the start of the month The Abbey Theatre concluded its run of The Plough and the Stars at London’s Lyric Hammersmith. The acclaimed production—which continues in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre this week—received 4 stars in The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Observer and The Guardian, which praised the production as “a bold, discomfiting Irish babel”.

Then on April 5th, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Good Friday Agreement, Poetry Ireland presented an evening of extraordinary poems and music set against a backdrop of powerfully striking images. The Further Shore: The Journey to Good Friday, 1998 played to a sold-out house at London’s Barbican Centre and featured two Olivier award nominees Brid Brennan and Ciaran Hinds. The event, hosted by Olivia O’Leary and directed by Lynne Parker, was attended by Orla Kiely, Catherine Heaney and poet Martina Evans, among others. The event was seen in Dublin in 2017 and travelled to Belfast for a special performance, directly after London.

There was an increased presence of Irish authors and writers at the 47th annual London Book Fair this month where Literature Ireland met with the literary agents of some of Ireland's finest writers and met with international publishers from countries around the world, including China, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. At the fair, news of forthcoming titles from a range of Irish writers was shared, including new works by Sally Rooney, John Boyne, Eoin McNamee, Sebastian Barry and debuts by editor and broadcaster Sinéad Gleeson and Tramp Press publisher Sarah Davis-Goff. The enhanced Irish presence at the Book Fair reflects the increasing profile of the new generation of emerging Irish writers.

In other Culture Ireland GB18 events, CREATE presented the work of six leading Irish practitioners in the area of collaborative art and architecture as part of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), Heart of Glass Staging Post in association with Tate Liverpool. Dr. Ailbhe Murphy, Director of CREATE commented: “We had a brilliant, stimulating week at Tate Exchange Liverpool engaging with members of the public, housing activists, and the European CAPP network. GB18 was a really valuable opportunity to showcase the depth of collaborative art and architecture in Ireland prompting many conversations with, and links between, artists and architects in both Ireland and Britain.”

Posted: 30.04.18

Launch of Ireland’s Representation at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Launch of Ireland’s Representation at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh T.D. today launched Ireland’s Representation at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018

Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh T.D. today, Thursday 26 April, launched the Ireland’s Representation at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018.

The Free Market collective, a team of six architects, Jeffrey Bolhuis, Jo Anne Butler, Miriam Delaney, Tara Kennedy, Laurence Lord and Orla Murphy was selected to represent Ireland on the basis of an open call.  Ireland at Venice is a partnership initiative of Culture Ireland and the Arts Council.  The Venice Architecture Biennale is the foremost global forum for Architectural Exhibition and debate.  It runs every second year and attracts over 260,000 visitors during the six month long event, as well as widespread international media coverage.

Minister McHugh said: “The Free Market exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale will illustrate the genesis of Irish market towns, highlighting their unique character and making the case for the potential of the market place in maintaining resilient communities.

At a time of increased urbanisation, the theme of the future of the small town has a global resonance, and has already attracted significant international interest.  Of course, it is also a particularly pertinent issue in Ireland now, as we plan for the future of our towns in the Ireland 2040 Framework.”

As has been the practice, Ireland’s Exhibition at the Venice Biennale will subsequently be presented in Ireland to a national audience. The Free Market exhibition will be the first time the Irish Pavilion returns to rural towns as part of its national tour in summer 2019, continuing to gather stories and stimulating debate culminating in a symposium in Dublin in late 2019.

The Free Market team said: “It is great to see that this important project has been so well supported.  This project is very much about working collaboratively and creating networks of shared interests.  The Free Market team want to acknowledge the work and support of Culture Ireland and the Arts Council who have financially supported the project, and also the local authorities who contributed to the exhibition so willingly, and also the support of the schools of architecture and the fellowship scheme.

The scheme will create a legacy for this project by supporting young students to spend time working at the Biennale learning from the exhibition and its visitors and bringing their learning back to the universities and the next generation of young architects in Ireland.”

This year is a particularly significant year for Irish Architecture, as it is the first time Irish Architects have been given the honour of being the overall curators of the Biennale.   Architects - Shelley MacNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects have chosen FreeSpace as the overall theme of the Biennale.  It embraces a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the heart of architecture’s agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself and how it should engage with those who use it daily.  The Irish Pavilion will be one of 65 national pavilions presenting at the 2018 Biennale.

 

Posted: 26.04.18

Minister announces Eva Rothschild to represent Ireland at the 58th Venice Art Biennale in 2019

Minister announces Eva Rothschild to represent Ireland at the 58th Venice Art Biennale in 2019

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan today announced the selection of artist, Eva Rothschild and Curator, Mary Cremin to represent Ireland at the 58th Venice Art Biennale in 2019.

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan today, Monday 23rd April, announced the selection of artist, Eva Rothschild with Mary Cremin as curator to represent Ireland at the 58th Venice Art Biennale in 2019. 

The Venice Arts 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 with international jury members. Ireland at Venice is a partnership initiative of Culture Ireland and the Arts Council.

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan said “The Venice Biennale serves as a global showcase for artists and offers a prominent platform for Eva Rothschild as the selected Irish artist to engage with international audiences, curators and gallerists and increase international opportunities and awareness of our strong visual arts sector. I wish Eva and curator Mary Cremin every success in developing their exhibition for the Biennale”.

Eva Rothschild has proposed a pavilion that will build on current dialogues around notions of precarity, environmental change and the ongoing political instability - and how that impacts us personally. Through her use of materials and sculptures she will create an immersive environment that asks the audience to question what our role is as global citizens and how do we affect change in the current political stage.

Eva Rothschild; ‘I am delighted and honoured to have been chosen to represent Ireland at Venice 2019, I look forward to working closely with Mary Cremin and the team at Void to develop the pavilion. My intention is to make a sculptural environment which engages with current social changes through embodiment, presence and materiality. I want to create a situation that suggests multiple sculptural possibilities for rearrangement and reordering in which it becomes difficult to distinguish renewal from collapse’.

Commissioner/Curator for Ireland at Venice 2019, Mary Cremin, is Director, Void Gallery in Derry~Londonderry, which will be supporting the delivery of the exhibition. Cremin says, ‘Eva Rothschild is a significant artist of international and national importance.  I am very excited and honoured to be working with her on the Irish Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2019. We will be supported by the fantastic team at Void Gallery. This project will be one of Ireland’s most exciting and visually dynamic pavilions, highlighting the strength and diversity of Irish artistic practice and build on the existing reputation of Irish artists internationally’.

Posted: 23.04.18

Ireland at Jazzahead

Ireland at Jazzahead

Culture Ireland supports the Irish delegation at Jazzahead! 2018

Improvised Music Company (IMC), with support from Culture Ireland, leads the Irish delegation who will be travelling to the jazzahead! trade fair which takes place in Bremen, Germany from 19 to 22 April 2018.

Improvised Music Company (IMC), with support from Culture Ireland, leads the Irish delegation who will be travelling to the Jazzahead! trade fair which takes place in Bremen, Germany from 19 to 22 April 2018.
Jazzahead! is one of the most important international industry events for jazz and improvised music. The four-day event attracts more than 3,000 industry attendees from over 55 countries, including concert and festival bookers, labels, publishers, distributors, managers and other industry personnel.
In addition to supporting IMC, Culture Ireland is providing travel bursaries to five individuals who will attend the event representing a range of artists and organisations.
The five Irish delegates who are travelling to Bremen with Culture Ireland support are:
• Matthew Jacobson (Diatribe Records)
• Brian Carson (Moving on Music)
• Sue Rynhart (Vocalist and Composer)
• Kevin Brady (Artist and Booker)
• Eddie Lee (Sligo Jazz Project)
The delegates will work with IMC and Culture Ireland to capitalise on this support and create further opportunities for Irish artists.
Kenneth Killeen, Director of IMC: "Jazzahead! is now a vital industry trade fair and important showcasing event for the jazz sector throughout Europe and, increasingly, the world. We are delighted to be working with Culture Ireland and Jazz from Scotland to increase Ireland's profile considerably for this 2018 edition by having a shared Music From Ireland and Jazz From Scotland booth. This increased visibility will highlight all of the jazz activity throughout Ireland annually to demonstrate the diversity and vibrancy of our domestic scene as well as clearly outlining our geography, size and scope. Thanks to the support of Culture Ireland we also have our largest Irish delegation to date, including programmers, label directors and musicians. Our core message is that we are ready to export, collaborate and integrate, at the highest level, with our European counterparts."
The Irish participation at this year’s Jazzahead! – the largest to date - follows an initial involvement in 2016 with an expanded presence in 2017 and is part of the Music from Ireland Showcase programme.
Full details of the delegates and the Irish stand at Jazzahead! are available here.
Further information on Jazzahead! is available here.

Posted: 17.04.18

London Book Fair

London Book Fair

Ireland’s National Stand at London Book Fair as part of Culture Ireland GB18

The London Book Fair opened 10 April at Olympia includes a strong presence by Irish publishers and other industry professionals. Ireland’s stand is supported by Culture Ireland and managed by Literature Ireland.

Now in its 47th year, the Fair is one of the primary marketplaces for rights and translation negotiation for the publishing industry and attracts over 25,000 publishing professionals from across the globe.


Key Irish exhibitors and publishers attending nclude Blackstaff Press, Cló Iar-Chonnacht, O'Brien Press, Dalkey Archive Press, Publishing Ireland, Roads Publishing, Royal Irish Academy and The Stinging Fly Press.


At the fair, Literature Ireland will focus on meeting with international publishers of Irish literature in languages such as Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German and Swedish to promote the translation of Irish authors and expand their international readership.


The Ireland at London 2018 national stand is at Stand Number 2A71 at Olympia from 10 to 12 April. To book an appointment with Literature Ireland in London, please email info@literatureireland.com

For further details on Literature Ireland’s work, please click here.

For further details on the London Book Fair, please click here.

Posted: 11.04.18

Minister Josepha Madigan today announces €882,000 in funding for Irish arts globally

Minister Josepha Madigan today announces €882,000 in funding for Irish arts globally

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., is delighted to announce approval of €882,000 in funding by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide in 2018.

A total of €423,000 will enable 99 Irish artists and arts organisations to present projects, covering circus, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts in 38 different countries and build on Ireland's strong global reputation for creativity.  Further awards totalling €459,000 are approved towards presentations by Irish artists and arts organisations as part of Culture Ireland GB18 Programme, a year-long programme of Irish arts in Great Britain.

Announcing the awards Minister Madigan said "Ireland’s reputation for creativity is reinforced by our artists presenting their work worldwide at key festivals and venues. From individual writers to large scale theatre, our artists are Ireland’s ambassadors and their success is evident through the increasing audiences for Irish arts.”

Highlights of the projects being funded in this round include Dead Centre’s production of Hamnet, which is undertaking an international tour to the United States, Australia and China in the Autumn, the first international tours for Fishamble’s “The Humours of Bandon” to Canada in May and Joanne Ryan’s “Eggsistentialism” to Australia, both of which emerged from Culture Ireland’s 2017 Edinburgh Showcase programme. Irish writers will be appearing at key international festivals including Sydney Writers Festival, Australia and festivals in Japan, South Africa and California.

Funding has also been approved towards a programme of events celebrating 100 years of independence in Estonia, highlighting our cultural connections and celebrating the 30th anniversary of a unique Irish music exchange.  The strong offering of traditional and new Irish music touring in the US, includes Socks in the Frying Pan from July to September, Cúig performing at the large Summer Irish Festivals for the first time, Máirtín O’Connor Trio undertaking a week-long tour of Canada in August and The Outside Track with their unique mix of music and dance will tour in both Canada and the US.

The Culture Ireland GB18 Programme which seeks to renew the cultural and artistic links across Scotland, Wales and England through an enhanced programme of activity approved events include
Poetry Ireland’s presentation of  “A Further Shore - The Journey to Good Friday, 1998 at the Barbican in April to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and Colin Dunne, performing his solo show, Concert in Glasgow and at the Barbican in London.

Please see www.cultureireland.ie for the full list of Spring grant round and details and updates of the Culture Ireland GB18 programme are available on www.cultureireland.ie/gb18

Posted: 06.04.18

British Embassy Celebrates Culture Ireland GB18 in Dublin

British Embassy Celebrates Culture Ireland GB18 in Dublin

GB18 Year-long focus of Irish arts in Britain sees 100+ Irish artists tour England, Scotland and Wales

(Thursday March 22, 2018) The British Ambassador in Dublin today hosted a celebration of cultural connections between Ireland and Britain with Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan T.D.

Culture Ireland GB18, supported by Culture Ireland, part of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will see more than 100 artists and projects tour England, Scotland and Wales in a vibrant, contemporary and high quality programme of events across all artistic disciplines throughout the year.

Following successful GB18 events held in Glasgow and London over the past two months, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan T.D. announced more details of the programme saying, “Culture Ireland GB18 is planned both to celebrate and renew the unique cultural relationship which exists between Ireland and Britain. The GB18 programme aims to build on existing relationships in Britain as well as forge new connections, which it is hoped will be further developed in future years, ensuring our close cultural bonds for the future.”

The British Ambassador Robin Barnett said “Our bilateral relationship with Ireland is an extraordinarily close one, reflected in the breadth of our people to people links. It is great to be able to celebrate the vibrancy, creativity and passion of the arts and cultural ties across our two islands as well as the economic benefits from our strong creative industries. I am delighted that Culture Ireland chose Britain for its flagship overseas programme in 2018.”:

At the launch event guests enjoyed a performance by the Irish/Sierra-Leonean singer Loah (who just performed at London’s Barbican Centre as part of a GB18 Imagining Ireland concert) and the Manchester-based poet John McAuliffe who will be appearing as part of the Poets in the Cities tour of Britain presented by Poetry Ireland later in 2018.

Highlights of the GB18 programme in April include:

• The Abbey Theatre production of The Plough and the Stars runs at London’s Lyric Hammersmith until 7 April
• To commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Good Friday Agreement, Poetry Ireland presents The Further Shore: The Journey to Good Friday, 1998 at London’s Barbican Centre (5 April)
• Visual artist Sean Lynch’s exhibition Bandits Live Comfortably in the Ruins tours to Cornwall and Southhampton
• Irish harpists perform at Wales International Harp Festival (1-7 April)
Finbar Furey tours to Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, London and Liverpool (4-9 April)
• An increased presence of Irish authors and writers at the London Book Fair – an increased presence at the annual event (10 – 12 April)
• Malaprop Theatre presents LOVE+ and BlackCatfishMusketeer  at London’s Omnibus Theatre (10 - 29 April)
• And in the year that Ireland is the feature country at Vence CREATE presents Engaging Places: Collaborative Praxis in Art and Architecture at Heart of Glass, St Helen's, Merseyside and Tate Exchange, Liverpool (16 - 21 April)

Later in the year audiences can enjoy Druid Theatre’s acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot at the Edinburgh International Festival, ANU and CoisCéim’s production of These Rooms also supported as part of the British Government’s 1418 Now Commemorations, Fishamble Theatre Company’s The Humors of Bandon at the Brighton Festival and Pan Pan’s double bill of Beckett’s All That Fall and Cascando on tour around Britain.

Other highlights of Culture Ireland GB18 include the recently launched Irish National Opera touring its acclaimed co-production with Landmark Productions of The Second Violinist by Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy to London’s Barbican Centre and a range of Irish visual artists at exhibitions around the island. Kíla,  the Martin Hayes Quartet and Slow Moving Clouds will all tour widely too.

The full programme of 100+ events can be found here.

Posted: 23.03.18

Minister Madigan Announces New Members to the Culture Ireland Expert Advisory Committee

Minister Madigan Announces New Members to the Culture Ireland Expert Advisory Committee

Josepha Madigan, T.D. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today announced new members to the Culture Ireland Expert Advisory Committee.

Culture Ireland was established in 2005 as a Division of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to promote and advance Irish arts worldwide, strengthening Ireland’s cultural profile and global reputation and increasing career opportunities for Irish artists globally.

The Chair of the Expert Advisory Committee, Kevin Rafter, Professor and Head of the School of Communications at Dublin City University, will be joined by new members, Liz Doherty, Irish fiddle player and lecturer, Somhairle MacConghail, Arts Officer, Monaghan County Council,  Kieran Hanrahan, radio presenter and artistic director of Tradfest  and re-appointed members Maureen Kennelly, Director, Poetry Ireland  and Josephine Kelliher, curator and producer in visual arts.

Senior representatives from the Departments of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Foreign Affairs and Trade,  the Arts Council,  the IDA,  Tourism Ireland and the Irish Film Board who will continue to serve on the Committee on an ex-officio basis.   This interagency representation on the committee seeks to ensure complementarities and a whole-of-Government approach on international promotion.

Announcing the new Expert Advisory Committee the Minister said “The Expert Advisory plays a key role directing the implementation of Culture Ireland’s strategy to maximise the cultural impact of the Government’s international promotion strategy and generate new career opportunities globally for Irish artists. As can be seen this week in particular with over 100 Culture Ireland supported events over the St Patricks day period, it is for our artists and creativity that Ireland is known worldwide. “

Kevin Rafter said “Culture Ireland does an important job in introducing international audiences to the work of Irish artists. I am delighted to take on this role and look forward to working with my colleagues on the Expert Advisory Committee.”

Posted: 16.03.18

St Patrick’s Day 2018

St Patrick’s Day 2018

St Patrick’s Day period offers a unique platform for Culture Ireland to support Irish artists and arts organisations to present their work internationally and develop diverse audiences in new markets.

In 2018 special activity around the St Patrick’s Day period will result in over 100 Culture Ireland supported events worldwide. In addition, this year, across Britain, there is additional projects being supported by Culture Ireland as part of its GB18 programme. These include performances by Irish artists across all 33 London boroughs. For details on all events click here

Image: Swan Lake Loch Na hEala 

Posted: 14.03.18

London Concert, Imagining Ireland, Kicks Off Busy Month of Irish Arts Across Great Britain

London Concert, Imagining Ireland, Kicks Off Busy Month of Irish Arts Across Great Britain

Some of Ireland’s top contemporary musicians performed in Imagining Ireland at London’s Barbican Centre tonight (Monday, March 5) marking the London launch of GB18: Culture Ireland’s year of Irish Arts in Great Britain.

Imagining Ireland, a collaborative event with Culture Ireland, produced by Serious in association with the National Concert Hall, Dublin, was attended by over 1,500 people including Ireland’s Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. It was the first flagship event of the year long Culture Ireland programme GB18, celebrating Ireland’s cultural connections with Britain.

This vibrant, contemporary and high quality programme of events across all artistic disciplines involves hundreds of Irish artists travelling to dozens of prestigious venues, institutions and festivals across Britain. It will see 100+ artists in more than 60 projects tour to over 40 venues and festivals across England, Scotland and Wales.

Curated by Gary Sheehan of the National Concert Hall and Paul Noonan from Bell X1, playing their only London show, Imagining Ireland featured some of Ireland’s most exciting new artists including Loah, Saint Sister, Seamus Fogarty, Mango/Mathman, Stephen James Smith and Maria Kelly, with the orchestra of Crash Ensemble.

Imagining Ireland kicked off a jam-packed month of Irish arts events across Britain. Other highlights in March include:

• UK premiere of the Abbey Theatre’s The Plough and the Stars at London’s Lyric Hammersmith
• A series of Irish film screenings across Britain including Bristol, Manchester and the Irish Film Festival in London
• A tour of Irish band Kila to London, Manchester and Stockton-on-Tees
St Patrick’s Festival – for the first time, Irish artists will appear in all 33 London Boroughs across St. Patrick’s weekend as part of increased activity funded through the Culture Ireland GB18 programme
• Musicians Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker, John Doyle at the Irish Cultural Centre in London
• Irish poets Rita Ann Higgins, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Tara Bergin and Iggy McGovern, Sinéad Morrissey and Miriam Gamble will read and take part in StAnza in Fyfe
• Screening of Irish silent film classic Little Old New York with live music accompaniment by Morgan Cooke at London’s Barbican Centre
• A unique festival of new music from Ireland, Éiríocht, in London
London Book Fair – Literature Ireland leads an increased Irish delegation at the annual global industry event for literature, now in its 47th year
Camden Music Trail – Camden Market will play host to an Irish music trail in celebration of the Year of the Woman. The Market will showcase an all-female Irish music trail, continuing its support of emerging talent and Irish culture. Curated by First Music Contact
• Exhibition faigh ar ais ar an fharraige by artist Shane Finan in Rye, Sussex
• A series of events in Manchester celebrating Irish silent film director Rex Ingram and a rare screening of the 1921 American silent epic war film, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The full programme of GB18 can be found here.

Speaking before the concert, Minister Madigan said:

“I’m thrilled to see such a breadth of Irish musical talent and showcased at such a prestigious venue. Imagining Ireland will give the audience a unique chance to experience the vibrant Irish music and spoken word scene, further advancing Ireland’s reputation for artistic excellence. This event, as part of Culture Ireland GB18, serves to celebrate Irish arts in Britain and the cultural connection we share”.

Posted: 07.03.18

Announcement of Irish Architects Plans for Curation of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Announcement of Irish Architects Plans for Curation of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Minister Josepha Madigan welcomes the announcement of Irish Architects Plans for Curation of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, today (5 March 2018) welcomed President Baratta of the Venice Biennale to Ireland for the announcement of the plans of curators, Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2018 (the ‘Biennale’). These two Irish architects have been honoured with the task of curating the central exhibition at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2018 and developing the theme which will inform all national exhibitions.

Minister Madigan said: “Ireland is truly honoured that Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects, a highly regarded partnership of Irish architects are the first ever Irish architects to be selected as curators of La Biennale Architettura, the most important global platform for the exhibition of architecture. As they are the second only female curators of the La Biennale Architettura, their success is noteworthy and to be celebrated. Shelley and Yvonne have revealed a considered and strong proposal for their exhibition and the extensive list of Irish architects to be included reflects the significant international success of Irish architects, many of whom are at an early stage of their careers. This extent of Irish architectural talent making global waves is unprecedented.”

The theme ‘Freespace’, selected by curators, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara has a focus on the quality of space itself and has a generosity of spirit and sense of humanity at the core of architecture’s agenda.

Ireland’s national exhibition at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is entitled “Free Market”. It will highlight the generosity, humanity and possibility in the common spaces of Ireland’s market towns whose marketplaces have undergone fundamental change in recent times. The project proposes to reclaim these places of interaction and community and to re-imagine the shared urban territory of the small town marketplace.

The team of co-curators behind the selection for Ireland’s national presentation is made up of the a team of architects: Laurence Lord (AP+E), Orla Murphy (Custom), Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E), Jo Anne Butler (Culturstruction), Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction) and Miriam Delaney (DIT).

Posted: 05.03.18

Culture Ireland’s 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Showcase Programme

Culture Ireland’s 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Showcase Programme

Culture Ireland invites applications to participate in its 2018 Edinburgh Festival Showcase Programme at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This year, the Edinburgh Showcase Programme forms part of Culture Ireland GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain programme.

The Edinburgh 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.

Previous participants 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 2018
• 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 Wednesday 28 February, 2018.

Posted: 21.02.18

Call for Expressions of Interest for Venice Art Biennale 2019

Call for Expressions of Interest for Venice Art Biennale 2019

Culture Ireland, in partnership with the Arts Council, invites expressions of interest for the role of Commissioner of Ireland’s national representation at the 58th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2019.

Following the success in 2017 of Tremble Tremble by Jesse Jones, which continues to tour internationally, Culture Ireland and and The Arts Council are delighted to announce the Open Call for the Commissioner of the 2019 Venice Biennale. 

Submissions should be emailed to valerie.behan@cultureireland.gov.ie and info@cultureIreland.gov.ie and must be received by Wednesday 7th March 2018.

The complete tender document can be downloaded from here.

Posted: 20.02.18

Culture Ireland At Classical: NEXT (May 2018)

Culture Ireland At Classical: NEXT (May 2018)

Culture Ireland is inviting applications to join the Irish delegation at Classical: NEXT taking place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 16 to 19 May 2018.

Classical: NEXT is an international showcase and industry conference aimed at the classical and contemporary music sector. The four-day networking event includes showcase concerts and a trade event with presentation of projects and services. Further information of the event is available here.

Culture Ireland is offering a limited number of delegate bursaries aimed at 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 23rd February 2018 to ensure inclusion in the Classical: NEXT Guide. Successful applicants will be notified during the week of 26th February 2018.

Posted: 19.02.18

Culture Ireland at Folk Alliance International 2018

Culture Ireland at Folk Alliance International 2018

Culture Ireland returns to Kansas City, MIssouri this week for the 2018 edition of Folk Alliance International (14 – 18 February 2018). This marks the fourth year of Culture Ireland’s presence at the music industry showcase. This year, seven artists/bands are supported as they participate in the Official Showcase Programme.

Since its first involvement in 2015, Culture Ireland has expanded its presence at the event and this year, supports the artists on its own Showcase Stage on Saturday 17th February evening at Pershing North.

These artists are:

•         Daoiri Farrell
•         In the Willows
•         John Blek
•         Mick Flannery
•         Old Hannah
•         Wallis Bird
•         Ye Vagabonds

The annual February conference (celebrating its 30th year) draws 2,700 artists and industry (agents, managers, publishers, labels, festival/venue presenters, promoters) dedicated to folk music. Delegates who attended the 2017 conference represented 27 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Scandinavia, Mexico, and Japan.

The Official Showcase Performance will be attended by a large amount of industry professionals and should create further opportunities for these artists. Culture Ireland works with Mid-America Arts Alliance to support the attendance of venue programmers and presenters from across Mid-West US.

In addition to the Official Showcase Programme performances, the artists undertake many other private showcase performances – a full schedule is available here.

Culture Ireland will host a stand in the Trade Exhibition Hall (Stand 803)

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

Posted: 14.02.18

Culture Ireland Supporting Attendance at Jazzahead! (April 2018)

Culture Ireland Supporting Attendance at Jazzahead! (April 2018)

Culture Ireland is inviting applications from artists, labels and other industry professionals in support of their attendance at Jazzahead! taking place in Bremen, Germany from 19th  to 22nd April 2018.

jazzahead! is now one of the most important international professional markets for jazz and improvised music of 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. This specialist trade fair welcomed 1,356 exhibiting companies in 2017, and 3,169 participants were registered. The trade fair and concerts held over the four main days of jazzahead! 2017 attracted 17,664 people.

Further information of the event is available here.

Working with the Improvised Music Company (IMC) and the Jazz Promotion Network (JPN), Culture Ireland is examining the feasibility of an expanded Irish presence at the event from 2018 onwards.

For 2018, Culture Ireland is offering a very limited number of delegate bursaries aimed at those artists and labels who have a track record of achievement in the contemporary jazz genre.

Experience of touring or a readiness to tour internationally as well as the availability of excellent promotional material, demonstrating clearly 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 Friday 2nd March 2018.

Posted: 12.02.18

Ireland Is Focus Country at Key Music Industry Event Part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain

Ireland Is Focus Country at Key Music Industry Event Part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain

Ireland’s Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. today launched a special year of Irish arts and culture in Britain - GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain.

Minister Madigan was joined by Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Ms. Fiona Hyslop as she launched the GB18 at Celtic Connections, Scotland’s annual festival of folk, roots and world music.

The event was notable as Ireland is being featured as a focus country in 2018 at Showcase Scotland, a key music industry event that takes place at Celtic Connections every year.

Ireland’s participation at Showcase Scotland also marks the first flagship event of the GB18 Programme.  This vibrant, contemporary and high quality programme of events across all artistic disciplines involves hundreds of Irish artists travelling to dozens of prestigious venues, institutions and festivals across Britain.

Speaking at the launch Minister Madigan said: “Ireland’s participation at Showcase Scotland this year is particularly special as it is the first flagship event of the GB18 programme. It offers artists the opportunity to gain further international touring contracts and work globally, continuing to enhance Ireland’s reputation.”

She continued: “This special year-long programme seeks to strengthen our cultural and artistic links across Scotland, Wales and England through an enhanced programme of cultural activity. I thank the artists participating for their commitment to their work and for giving us all such pleasure. I hope this special year serves as a platform for long reaching and enhanced cultural connections for Britain.”

The Irish artists showcasing are 2017 Choice Music Prize Nominee Wallis Bird, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzoki player Daoirí Farrell, sean-nós singer, arranger and composer Lorcán Mac Mathúna, instrumental ensemble NOTIFY, Dublin folk singer Aoife Scott and acoustic instrumentalists The Young Folk.

With over 200 festival directors, programmers and presenters from all over the world attending this Irish showcase, emerging Irish artists are being given additional international opportunities for sustainable careers.

Christine Sisk, Director of Culture Ireland said:  “Ireland is honoured to be the spotlight country at Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections, one of the world’s most important showcases of folk and traditional music. We know that the six Showcase selections, as well as the wider programme of Irish artists at Celtic Connections will present international audiences a unique chance to experience the vibrant Irish music scene and further advance Ireland’s reputation for artistic excellence. This event is a great introduction to a strong programme of arts activity under the GB18.”

The full programme of over 60 projects, performances, tours, exhibitions can be found here.

Click here to see the Culture Ireland GB18 video.

Image: Scotland's and Ireland's Ministers for Culture Meet Irish Musicians at Showcase Scotland as part of Celtic Connections at Drygate Brewery in Glasgow.

Posted: 02.02.18

International Delegates Arrive as Tradfest 2018 Opens in Dublin

International Delegates Arrive as Tradfest 2018 Opens in Dublin

This year marks a special year for Culture Ireland’s support of incoming presenters and programmers at Tradfest 2018 which opens in Dublin today.

The Festival showcases the best of Irish and international musicians at venues across Dublin city.

In partnership with Tradfest and Showcase Scotland, 15 international delegates have travelled with Culture Ireland support from the US, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, India and Denmark to attend Tradfest and then travel onwards to Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections.  At Showcase Scotland, Ireland has been selected as focus country and next week, six Irish Showcase artists will play at a special event attended by over 200 industry personnel.

Founded in 2006, TradFest is Ireland’s largest festival of traditional music but also covers a wide range of other music genres and offers audiences unique opportunities to experience live music in some of Dublin’s most historic places. This year’s venues run from Whelan’s to Rathfarnham Castle and from City Hall to the Porterhouse. Irish artists at all stages of their careers are featured – the 2018 roster includes Stockton’s Wing, Wallis Bird, Jack O’Rourke, Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Laoise Kelly and Maria Doyle Kennedy.

For the international guests, the Tradfest weekend will be followed by a special programme put together by Culture Ireland including a special session at the renowned Cobblestone pub in Smithfield and a sneak preview of Drogheda and its plans as home for the Fleadh Cheoil in 2018.

Culture Ireland is grateful to the industry partners - Showcase Scotland and Tradfest - for all their hard work in managing and putting together a programme of the highest quality.

Programme details for Tradfest are available here: www.tradfest.ie

Posted: 25.01.18

Ballyturk by Enda Walsh

Ballyturk by Enda Walsh

St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York continues with a three week run of  Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival production of Ballyturk by Enda Walsh.

Ballyturk premiered at Galway International Arts Festival 2014 in the Black Box Theatre where it was the fastest selling show in GIAF history. The play was presented at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 2016 and this New York presentation with the support of Culture Ireland represents its first US /International outing.

St Ann’s has shown a huge commitment to the work of Enda Walsh, this being the seventh of Walsh’s work to be presented there. The critical reviews are again strong  and audiences were treated to a Q&A session with the writer.

Clcik here to see the interview with playwright Enda Walsh recorded from St. Ann's Warehouse, New York City.

Posted: 24.01.18

Music From Ireland

Music From Ireland

First Music Contact has kicked off their Music from Ireland programme in Eurosonice-Noorderslag this week.

This was set up in order to fund and present Irish showcases at large international music conferences. Eurosonic-Noorderslag presents showcases by more than 300 artists and attracts over 4,000 delegates from over 400 international festivals. This festival has gained a reputation for uncovering up and coming bands and is renowned for helping acts break into the international music scene.

This year sees a great line up of bands from Ireland with First Music Contact presenting Robocobra Quartet, Roe, Dermot Kennedy, Jafaris, Bitch Falcon, David Keenan, Seamus Fogarty, Soulé, Rosborough and Ryan McMullan.

The Music From Ireland programme includes a wide range of music showcases, such as the upcoming South by South West Festival in March 2018.

Click here to read more about the festival and performers.

Posted: 19.01.18

Minister Madigan Launches Culture Ireland’s 2018 Programme in Britain

Minister Madigan Launches Culture Ireland’s 2018 Programme in Britain

Including a one-night only Imagining Ireland: 21st Century Song Concert

Josepha Madigan, T.D. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today (Friday) launched Culture Ireland’s 2018 special focus on Great Britain.

Culture Ireland – a division of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – will support a special focus of Irish artistic activity entitled GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain and will present a vibrant, contemporary and high quality programme including events across artistic disciplines in prestigious venues, institutions and festivals in Britain.

A full programme of over 60 projects incorporating performances, tours, exhibitions and concerts covering all areas of England, Scotland and Wales will be announced over the coming weeks.

Today, Minister Madigan met artists, including Bell X1’s Paul Noonan and singer Loah, as they prepared for one of the flagship events – Imagining Ireland: 21st Century Song which takes place at the Barbican Centre, London on Monday 5th March 2018. Tickets will go on sale shortly.

Speaking at the event, the Minister commented:

“Through the work of my Department and in particular, Culture Ireland, our artists continue to enhance Ireland’s international reputation for cultural excellence. Over the course of our shared history, artists from Britain and Ireland have made the journey in both directions and I’m very pleased that we are able to highlight these links through the GB18 programme.  I wish all the participants in this special programme in Britain every success, as they celebrate the strong cultural connections across these islands as well as creating further opportunities for artists to present their work abroad. ”

The artists will also participate in a Dublin performance of the event at the National Concert Hall Dublin on Saturday 3rd February 2018.

Posted: 05.01.18

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 CLOSED

Culture Ireland in Great Britain 2018 – Call for Applications CLOSED

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

THIS CALL IS NOW CLOSED 

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