The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, has announced funding of €2.95 million for the promotion of Irish arts globally, through Culture Ireland’s Grants Programme and its support of key resource organisations and venues.
The minister said funding to the value of just over €1 million will benefit 99 projects covering circus, dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and multidisciplinary projects taking place in over 30 countries.
Separately, €1,950,000 of Culture Ireland funding will support annual Irish arts programmes to be delivered in 2024 by Literature Ireland, First Music Contact and Irish Film Institute International, as well as Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and the Irish Arts Center in New York.
"It is important that Irish artists are supported to make a far-ranging impact, and to raise awareness of Ireland’s arts and culture," said Minister Martin.
"The resource bodies and venues being funded in 2024 will continue to provide opportunities for Irish artists of all genres in key marketplaces, screen Irish film worldwide and support the translation of Irish literature so that it can be read more widely."
International Film Festivals
Some of the funding will be used to support Irish filmmakers to attend significant international film festivals such as the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Gijón International Film Festival in Spain, and the Irish Film Festival London.
It will also be used to support over 40 international music tours across the world covering a range of artists and genres including Caroline Keane & Tom Delany (Australia/ New Zealand), Lorraine Nash (Australia), Wallis Bird (Australia/ New Zealand), and Clare Sands (Australia/ New Zealand).
"Culture Ireland plays a central role in supporting Irish artists to reach audiences of millions worldwide, each year," said Minister Martin.
"The creative strength of Irish artists, and the high quality of their work, mean that they continue to be in global demand."