Minister Martin, T.D., announces over €700,000 in funding for the promotion of Irish arts globally

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, today announced funding of over €700,000 by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts globally in 2022. Funding of €610,000 is to support 80 projects presenting Irish architecture, film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts worldwide through Culture Ireland’s Grant Programme and €100,000 for SEODA 2022, a special online curated festival over the St. Patrick’s Day period.

Announcing the awards, Minister Martin said:
“During 2022, Culture Ireland will continue to support Irish artists to present their work internationally and I am delighted that this funding will ensure that our artists can again reach audiences in person. It is for our artists that Ireland is best known and the period around St. Patricks Day offers a unique platform for Irish artists to reach audiences worldwide”.

Culture Ireland has curated SEODA, a special programme which will present Irish artists to global audiences online in mid-March. SEODA is a selection of some of Ireland’s most recent work from Irish artists covering theatre, music, dance, film, literature, and opera.  SEODA 2022 will build on the success of the first edition in 2021 which reached new audiences in territories where Irish artists may not normally present in person. SEODA will be presented on Culture Ireland’s YouTube channel. Full details of SEODA will be made available in the coming weeks.

Many artists are being supported to travel to Britain, Europe and the US over the St. Patrick’s period to present their work including at Irish film festivals in Toronto and Chicago.  Among the list of artists to travel are Silverbacks, Aoife Scott and Sharon Shannon who will perform in Britain.  Irish musicians from many genres will tour in the US over the same period, with Just Mustard supporting Fontaines DC tour and CMAT, Screaming Orphans, Téada, and Shane Hennessy all bringing their unique style of contemporary Irish music to new and existing audiences.

The Irish Architecture Foundation in partnership with the Estonian Centre for Architecture will present “There is a forest in my backyard, but my house is built from trees grown far away” at the Tallinn Architecture Biennale. Currently exhibiting in Solstice Arts Centre in Navan, the exhibition will be presented in Tallinn for a 7 week period in September and October 2022.

Dance features in this Culture Ireland Grant Programme, with United Fall presenting “Birdboy” at Imaginate, Edinburgh’s International Children’s Festival and Teaċ Daṁsa presenting their award winning show MÁM at the International May Festival, Wiesbaden, Germany.  In September, Liz Roche Company in partnership with Solas Nua will present their dance show “Yes and Yes” in Washington DC and also in Philadelphia.

Irish theatre will also tour widely with Manchán Magan undertaking a tour of the US from March through May with his acclaimed show, Arán agus Im.  Also in May, Brannar Téater do Páistí will present How To Catch A Star in Ottowa, and from August to December, Gare St. Lazare will undertake the 25th anniversary tour of the Beckett Trilogy across the US.

In supporting the promotion of Irish artists worldwide, Culture Ireland ensures that audiences worldwide continue to enjoy a diverse array of the work of Irish artists and that there is increasing awareness and appreciation of Ireland’s reputation for creativity.

Please see here for the full list of December 2021 grant round recipients.

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