Welcome to the September edition of our Newsletter
It’s been another great summer for the arts in Ireland, but now, as so many people return to work or school, the Arts Council looks forward to a productive and exciting autumn.
We’ll be reaching out to new and more diverse audiences at our Literary Tent and on the Theatre Stage at Electric Picnic this weekend. Then, on Friday 16 September, the Arts Council, as part of Culture Night will host a video installation, Great Good Places, by Ailbhe Ní Bhriain at our offices in Merrion Square, while also working in partnership with RTÉ, bringing traditional music to audiences in Dublin Castle.
Later this month, the Arts Council will be at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs marquee at the Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly – we promise a pleasant surprise for anyone who drops by!
Right throughout the month, of course, artists and arts organisations will be making great work in every county in Ireland, while the Dublin Fringe Festival, Clifden Arts Week and the Dublin Theatre Festival kick off with very strong programmes.
I would also like to remind those arts organisations funded through our main revenue grants programmes that the application window will close at 5:30pm on 8 September – and as always I would urge you not to leave it to the last minute to upload your application.
To mark the European Day of Languages and International Translation Day 2016, Laureate for Irish Fiction Anne Enright will be in conversation with four translators of her work. Anne will also deliver her annual lecture this October in Limerick and Belfast.
The Arts Council announces Round 1 of the 2017 Festivals and Events Scheme (FES). The Council recognises the distinctive role arts festivals play in sustaining a vibrant arts profile at a local level. Festivals provide opportunities for audiences and artists to experience new work and ways of making work.
The primary purpose of this scheme is to assist Irish publishers in the production of high quality literary titles, publications and literary journals in 2017. The Publications/Title by Title Scheme 2017 will open for applications on Tuesday 6 September 2016.