The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys has today 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 will 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, "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."
She added, "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."