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Vol 10 Issue 9
04 June 2013

Welcome to the June edition of our newsletter

Festivals are an important way for the Arts Council to support the arts nationwide in different art forms.  This year dance kicked off in January with Made in Dublin the inaugural event marking Dance Ireland’s 21st. In May we had a successful Dublin Dance Festival. Over the summer festivals across Ireland will make a vibrant patchwork that bring places and people alive, leave a legacy and make a difference.

From small towns to main cities, audiences Irish and international will experience the best of our arts festivals from Cork Midsummer to Boyle Arts Festival, from Kilkenny Arts Festival to Galway Arts Festival, from Earagail in Donegal to Éigse in Carlow.  Festivals contribute economically, culturally and they strengthen community. The arts can be proud of the contribution it makes to Ireland’s reputation aboard and its economy at home. We can be prouder still of the ways by which connections are made and art forms are strengthened because of the passion that festivals bring.  For a short time life seems more intense and more worthwhile.

Highlights of the multidisciplinary arts festival circuit last year included at the Kilkenny Arts Festival the first ever visit to Ireland by the Globe Theatre which riveted audiences and at the Galway Arts Festival, the Druid Murphy cycle. Cork Midsummer Festival presented an exciting theatre and opera programme providing opportunities for local companies to present new work. This was particularly apparent in opera production, Pagliacci, the theatre production Cuidades Parralles and the participative performance, Hungry Tea. Earagail and the Junction Festival in Tipperary continued to co-present ambitious work mainly in the realm of music.  This is not to mention Clifden, Ennis, Askeaton and Wexford where from the local to the international festivals pop-up, break-out, improvise and allow art break-in on life.

There is a lot to recommend craic and commerce and both are good reasons for festivals. Culture including the funded arts intertwines with both.  The Arts Council supports festivals because we know that if there is a good economic case for festivals, the ultimate reason transcends the economic and is much more important.

On the practical business of commerce the Arts Council is delighted to announce the extension of its fundraising capacity-building initiative, RAISE, The Business of Arts Fundraising. Expressions of interest will be accepted from 7 June to 28 June from organisations with the ambition and potential to raise €100,000 per annum of additional private investment.  This extension of RAISE will be open to any arts organisation, whether or not it is funded by the Arts Council. 


Yours sincerely,





Orlaith McBride
Director 





Culture Connects – update on the EU Presidency culture programme

Culture Connects is the cultural programme led by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to mark Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Taking place over six months since the start of January this year, Culture Connects incorporates a major overseas programme co-ordinated by Culture Ireland as well as an extensive national programme led by Ireland's National Cultural Institutions including the Arts Council.
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Bursary Awards next closing date - 5:30 pm Thursday, 11 July 2013

The Arts Council provides Bursary Awards in order to assist individual artists in the development of their art practice. The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development that is derived from a focused period of engagement with their practice.
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News from the community

Na Píobairí Uilleann wish to appoint  an Administrator , reporting to the Chief Executive.
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International News from the EU Cultural Contact Point

News from the Cultural Contact point includes: 2013 European Culture Forum will address some of the hottest topics for the sector at the moment; The EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) is currently seeking expressions of interest for the establishment of a list of experts to assist them in the framework of management of the Community programmes;  Call for proposals - Pilot Project for a European Platform for Festivals in the field of culture ; Call for artists - 21st Jeunesses International FLUTE Competition 2014; European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2013
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