Groups get €1m for promoting Irish culture internationally

CULTURE Ireland yesterday announced €1 million in funding for groups promoting Irish arts and culture abroad.

Established just over a year ago by Arts Minister John O’Donoghue for this purpose, the board has an allocation of €3 million for 2006.

The funding was decided at the first board meeting last week.

The grants will benefit most of the major arts sectors in the country.

The board is chaired by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Director of University of Limerick’s World Music Centre.

It also includes representatives of various art forms, as well as businesspeople and senior civil servants from the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism and the Deppartment of Foreign Affairs.

It provided funding of:

* €180,053 for Druid Theatre to help with the cost of touring the US with DruidSynge.

* €171,000 for Ireland Literature Exchange towards the cost of translation of Irish Literature.

* €90,000 for dance company Coiscéim towards performing Knots at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

* €71,236 for Opera Theatre Company towards performing at three British festivals.

* €53,650 for Pan Pan Theatre towards touring a new production, Oedipus Loves You, in Canada.

* €40,000 for Rough Magic towards the SEEDS programme assisting young artists to work and go abroad.

* €20,000 for Rubicon Gallery towards participation in five international art fairs.

* €20,000 for classical ensemble Camerata Ireland towards performances in Manchester, Warsaw, Palermo and France.

* €15,000 for Greater London Authority towards Irish participation in the St Patrick’s Day Festival.

* €15,000 for Dublin Youth Orchestras to perform at the Spirit of Ireland Awards in the US.

* €14,351 for Dance Theatre of Ireland towards performing at the 15th Internationale Tanzwoche in Dresden.

* €12,364 for Inis Theatre Society towards their performance of Tick My Box at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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