Culture Ireland is to provide funding of €2.13m for the promotion of Irish arts globally in 2019.

A total of €1.16m will enable 168 Irish artists and arts organisations to present projects covering architecture, circus, dance, film, literature, music, opera, theatre and the visual arts in 41 different countries and build on Ireland’s strong global reputation for creativity.

Also included in the awards is a total of €975,000 to annual funding for the promotion of Irish literature, music and film through resource organisations and Ireland’s cultural centres in Paris and New York who partner Culture Ireland to present ongoing programmes of Irish artists abroad.

“Under Global Ireland 2025 the Government has committed to share our culture more widely around the world,” said Culture Minister Josepha Madigan announcing details of the funding.

“Culture Ireland plays a central role in supporting Irish artists to reach millions of audience members worldwide each year. The creative strength of Irish artists means that they are in global demand and are renowned for the high quality of their work and it is important that they are supported to make a global impact and raise awareness of Ireland’s arts and culture.”

The annually funded partners include Literature Ireland which represents Ireland at key international book fairs and assists the translation of Irish literature from English and Irish into other languages to widen the readership of Irish writing.

First Music Contact will extend its “Music from Ireland” programme to present Irish career-ready musicians across a range of genres  with the intention of creating further opportunities at industry events including Eurosonic, South by Southwest, The Great Escape, Primavera Pro, AIM2AIM, Reeperbahn, MONDO, M for Montreal and Hard Working Class Heroes, the Dublin based showcase.

Teac Damsa’s presentation of “Swan Lake/Loch na hEala”  will tour in Australia and Canada, building on the success of their tour to Hong Kong, Korea, Germany, Luxembourg, Britain and Canada during 2018.

This will receive €80,000 in funding, the largest single approved amount across 2019.

Other significant support will include €47,000 towards the presentation of “Imagining Ireland: Words and Music” at the Barbican in London this month. This special concert is a legacy of the GB18 programme presented by Culture Ireland throughout Britain during 2018.

A tour of Argentina and Brazil by the irish Chamber Orchestra in June will be backed to the tune of €38,000, while Anú Productions will get €50,000 towards a co-production in Manchester with the BCC recreating the historic workers rights Peterloo bicentenary.

An American tour of Two Pints by Roddy Doyle will get €30,000 in funding.

A total of €94,000 has been promised in the multidisciplinary sector with €153,000 going to Visual Art, €293,000 towards theatre productions and €319,000 towards music.



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