October starts with Tradition Now, part of our partnership with the National Concert Hall, which takes a unique look at the evolution of traditional music. This is the sixth series of Tradition Now, and our aim is to emphasise that traditional music is a constantly evolving and sophisticated artform that can take new directions while never compromising the integrity of where the music came from. It runs until Sunday 6t October, so you still have time to go – book here!
Meanwhile, we have just announced more than €8 million in funding to 153 artists, arts organisations and projects through our Arts Grant Funding programme and our Touring and Dissemination of Work scheme. The investment will mean that audiences in every region of the country will experience the best in artistic performances, from music and dance to theatre and traditional arts, as well festivals, exhibitions, readings and more. You can find out more about it here.
We have also announced that another 150 new schools across Ireland will participate in the Creative Schools initiative in 2019-20. They are joining the 150 schools from 2018 who are continuing on their journey for a second year in 2019-20. The range of schools includes primary, secondary, Youthreach centres, special schools, DEIS, rural, urban and Irish-language medium schools.
Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Government’s Creative Ireland programme to enable the creative potential of every child, and the Arts Council is very proud to have been tasked with delivering it. In early November, all schools will celebrate the project, with some gathering at five centres over five days across the country – all will be revealed next month, but it promises to be a very creative week!
With best wishes,