Feature Article
Welcome to the May edition of our Newsletter
News this month
The Arts Council is partnering with a number of institutions to provide Initial Teacher Education for primary school teachers in Ireland
Bealtaine Festival 2017 programme launch -- #Alltogethernow: celebrating the power of the collective
The Readers’ Voice – Final Event
Grants and Awards
New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced
Ireland at Showcase Scotland & Celtic Connections 2018
Engaging with Architecture Scheme closing date
New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced
News from the community
Call for applications: artsandhealth.ie documentation bursary 2017
Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary Award Information Clinics in Carlow (12 May 2017) and Limerick (7 June 2017)
The Going Out Survey - National Arts & Disability Audience Research
Welcome to the May edition of our Newsletter

May as a month is the start of summer, and our minds naturally turn once again to summer festivals.

Already I am looking forward to this year’s Dublin Dance Festival, which starts on 18 May. There is huge interest in dance at the moment, and the festival represents an opportunity for people to experience some thought-provoking and exciting work by artists from Ireland and overseas. From the opening performance by the very talented Colin Dunne to the extraterrestrial-inspired Company Philip Connaughton piece at the close, and with dance, visual theatre, live music, video installations and personal testimony, the programme looks wonderful.


There are a host of festivals the length of Ireland taking place in towns and villages in almost every county in Ireland over the summer months. I hope you are also tempted, as I am, by many other May festivals. The Killaloe Chamber Music Festival in County Clare, for example, with its promise of Beethoven and Brahms, Stravinsky and Shostakovich, as well as emerging Irish artistic talent. Or the Galway Early Music Festival, where they are planning to take to the streets of the city with pipes, recorders, harps, lutes, hurdy-gurdy, and brass! Or the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, which will present a number of Irish new works and international performances along with seminars on sexual identity, plus new writing shorts.


Meanwhile, in the Arts Council, we continue our work to renew our investment models to help deliver on our 10-year strategy, Making Great Art Work, and our first three-year plan. We will be making some significant changes to our main funding schemes, and I hope to communicate the details of these to you next month.


Yours sincerely,



Orlaith McBride


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