Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin has announced a series of grants under the Co-operation with Northern Ireland Scheme operated by her department, according to a statement published on Gov.ie, which said that Minister Martin has approved allocations amounting to €172,983 to support cultural projects that have significant cross-border elements.
According to the statement published on Gov.ie, small self-contained projects funded under the scheme seek to enhance, celebrate or commemorate the artistic, cultural, musical, film or heritage of the island of Ireland on a north/south basis, and applications were invited for projects that helped to promote:
- co-operation and joint initiatives between organisations and institutions on a north/south basis;
- cultural tourism on a north/south basis;
- and the provision of cultural outreach programmes on a north/south basis
16 projects are benefitting, with maximum funding of €15,000, according to the statement published on Gov.ie, which also noted that projects range from exhibitions, festivals and dance performances and will involve bodies on both sides of the border co-operating in a cultural context, and include "Tradition. Past Tense. Future Tense. Present Tense" by Echo Echo Dance Company in Derry and a film produced in collaboration with the Irish Heritage Trust and Queen's University Belfast mapping famine roads.
Statement By Minister Martin
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The statement published on Gov.ie included a statement from Minister Martin that said, "I am pleased to announce the allocations under the Co-operation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme for 2022. After a long and challenging period of cautious restraint, we can commit again to the events and pursuits that have defined the calendar for many of us over the years. This scheme provides a platform for cultural exchanges and joint projects from organisations on both sides of the border. This year's allocations incorporate funding for a diverse variety of projects ranging from film, photography, music and dance to language and linguistic ventures. Best wishes to all those participating in these events and I look forward to seeing the collaboration of organisations on both sides of the border enjoy the wide range of events over the coming months."
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