Archive for the ‘ireland’ Category

Give me Direction II

29th April 2010 by Maura McHugh

After the success of last year’s event, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board announced yesterday the return of the screenwriting event Give Me Direction, which will be run in association with the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

This year the focus of the conference will be on interrogating the topic of comedy in filmmaking. The two day event will be held on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th June in Dublin.

Further details of the event and the release date for tickets will be announced shortly.

The Daisy Chain

15th April 2010 by Maura McHugh

Horror feature film The Daisy Chain, written by acclaimed screenwriter and Guild member Lauren MacKenzie, is opening on Friday 16th April at the Omniplex cinemas in Dublin (the Savoy), Cork and Galway.

Directed by the critically acclaimed director of Song For A Raggy Boy, Aisling Walsh, and starring double Oscar-nominee Samantha Morton, The Daisy Chain is a supernatural thriller of obsession, superstition and fear.

The film was also nominated for Best Irish Film at the 2009 Dublin Film Festival.

The Arts and the Economy Debate

1st April 2010 by Maura McHugh

Ireland’s association of writers, Irish PEN, has announced a forthcoming debate on ‘The Arts and the Economy’, which takes place at the United Arts Club, Upper Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin, on Thursday 15 April 2010.

Among the panellists are Aidan Burke, Operations Director with the Arts Council, Gerry Godley, Director of the Improvised Jazz Company, broadcaster and spokesperson for the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA), Claire Doody, Project Manager of Cultural Odyssey, which was set up by businessman Dermot Desmond following the Irish Economic Forum in Farmleigh last year, and Declan Kiberd, literary critic and Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at UCD.

Ticket prices for the debate are €3 for Irish PEN members, €5 for non-members, but booking is essential as places are limited. E-mail info @irishpen.com or phone: 087 966 0770.

Apply for Arts Funding Online

25th March 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Arts Council has launched its new online services website so applicants can apply online for Projects and Travel and Training awards via the Internet.

Online services was developed to more efficiently manage funding applications and payments. This new website means that you can:
  • Download application forms and guidelines;
  • Create a profile for banking, tax and contact details (which you can reuse for other applications);
  • Upload the completed application form(s) and up to 20MB of electronic supporting materials;
  • Avail of a one-week deadline extension to complete online applications;
  • (Where successful), submit a payment request or payment schedule with supporting documentation.

In the coming weeks we will be opening up applications for the Touring and Dissemination of Work scheme 2010 via online services. Details of the scheme will be published on our website next week.

How and when to register/signup for online services

We advise you to register immediately for online services as, for security reasons, it may take up to five working days to complete the entire process. We also advise you to submit your final application as early as possible to avoid the heavy traffic on the site in the final days before a deadline.

Byrne New Cultural Ambassador

22nd March 2010 by Maura McHugh

On St. Patrick’s Day Taoiseach Brian Cowen announced that actor Gabriel Byrne had been appointed as Ireland’s new cultural ambassador.

The appointment grew in part from recommendations by the Global Irish Economic Forum at Farmleigh last autumn, and is rooted in the connection between culture and the economy, Mr Cowen said.

Mr Byrne’s appointment precedes what the Taoiseach called “an ambitious season of Irish arts in the US in 2011″, whose goal will be “showcasing the Irish creative imagination, showcasing world-class Irish artists and companies, and reinvesting in our unique cultural relationship with America”.

Byrne said American audiences had a “very limited view of Irish art. It’s Druid [theatre company], Brian Friel, the Anglo-Irish stew of Yeats . . . and there’s U2. There’s a whole other life – great young conceptual artists, film-making, people writing who wouldn’t have written 15 or 20 years ago. Right now, there are four major Broadway productions that are Irish.”

Lest Irish citizens begrudge funds devoted to the arts, Byrne reminded them that “America is a giant market for Irish culture. And it speaks English, and it receives us with tremendous good will. To a great extent, our culture is what defines us.”

Leaving a meeting with US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin noted that Byrne “has already been very active on the cultural front, advancing the cause of Ireland”. He mentioned Byrne’s role in helping to develop the Irish Cultural Centre in New York, for which the city of New York is contributing $20 million (€14.5 million).

Mr Martin praised Niall Burgess, Ireland’s Consul General in New York, for involving Byrne, Liam Neeson and the writers Colum McCann and Colm Tóibín in so many events. “It’s extraordinary that two of the best contemporary novels about New York were written by Irish people,” Mr Martin said.

Martin Cullen, as Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, is credited with making the biggest push for Byrne’s appointment to the unpaid position. Byrne will work closely with Eugene Downes, the chief executive of Culture Ireland. The role will not necessarily be limited to the US, Mr Downes said, predicting that Byrne “will develop an inclusive vision that reaches out from the Irish arts community internationally”.

Let’s hope this new zeal for the Arts from the Irish government translates into better funding in the coming years.