The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D., announced funding of €560,000 through Culture Ireland for the global promotion of Irish arts in 2021 and early 2022. The funding is to support 56 projects presenting Irish dance, film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts worldwide.
Announcing the awards Minister Martin said, “with venues and festivals across the globe reopening, this funding will assist many Irish artists to travel again to present their work to international audiences in person. Our wonderful artists and performers continue to entertain audiences-despite the challenges during the pandemic. Support for online presentations globally also continues to help those artists reach a large number of audiences.”
The funding will support a strong global offering of dance later this year with CoisCéim Dance Theatre presenting a livestream of UNCLE RAY by David Bolger at The Lowry, Salford, UK as well as at ArtPower, San Diego, USA, in October 2021. Teaċ Daṁsa will also present MÁM in person at the Sala Roja, Teatros del Canal, Madrid, Spain, from the 8-11 December 2021. And from the end of July 2021 to January 2022, Oona Doherty will present her dance piece Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus in Kalamata, Greece, in Leipzig Germany and in Sydney, Australia.
Twenty Irish music acts will present their work to international audiences with online performances at Milwaukee Irish Fest and Kansas City Irish Fest and on stages at festivals across Europe, including Junior Brother and Megan O’Neill in the UK and Lisa Canny in Austria and Germany and Just Mustard in the Netherlands.
Following its upcoming presentation at the Edinburgh International Festival, a new play ‘Medicine by Enda Walsh’ produced by Landmark and Galway International Arts Festival will run at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY, USA, from the 11 November to the 5 December 2021. In Britain, Gare St Lazare present ‘How It Is (Part 2)’ by Samuel Beckett at the Coronet Theatre, London, in January/February 2022.
On the promotion of visual arts, funding will support exhibitions, including a focus on emerging Irish artists in Berlin as well as attendance by many Irish galleries at key global art fairs.
In a three year partnership arrangement from 2022 Culture Ireland will partner with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on a special focus on Ireland, providing a high profile platform for Irish contemporary musicians to reach new audiences.
Culture Ireland’s support will ensure that Irish artists can continue to work and reach worldwide audiences in person, and also online, and build cultural connections.