The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan has today announced 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.
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.
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."