26/08/16

Edinburgh Festivals kick off this weekend

From 5 August, the international culture spotlight shines on Edinburgh as performances begin at the Edinburgh Festivals including those by Irish artists supported by Culture Ireland as part of its Showcase Programme.

Wishing them luck for their Edinburgh performances, Minister Heather Humphreys, commented: “Each year our artists look forward to this important annual event and the opportunities it offers. The long term close relationship Ireland has with Scotland in the area of arts and culture and beyond is truly valued and it is our close contacts which make this time in Edinburgh truly special for Irish artists.”

The six shows, supported by Culture Ireland feature the best of Ireland’s contemporary theatre and dance artists.  Later this month, the Edinburgh International Book Festival programme includes many established and emerging Irish writers with Culture Ireland support.

In addition, Culture Ireland leads a delegation of Irish producers and artists and hosts a special Networking event for Irish artists to meet with international programmers and presenters.

In previous years, artists and companies who have featured as part of Culture Ireland’s programme have gone on to international success and acclaim and many of these international dates have arisen on the basis of their Edinburgh appearances.

Culture Ireland acknowledges the importance of the partners who assist in raising the profile of Irish artists throughout the Festival season, including key Edinburgh venues and Festivals (Dance Base, Pleasance, Summerhall, Edinburgh International Book Festival) and the Irish Consulate in Edinburgh.

Full details of the Culture Ireland supported activities during the Edinburgh Festivals are available here.

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Notes to Editors

The six productions supported by Culture Ireland in 2016 are:

Dublin Oldschool by Emmet Kirwan (3 – 28 August)

Project Arts Centre in assoc with Soho Theatre

Pleasance Courtyard (Beside)

It Folds by Gary Keegan, Feidlim Cannon, Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy (3 – 28 August)

Junk Ensemble & Brokentalkers

Summerhall Main Space

Remember to Breathe by Orla Murphy (5 – 27 August)

Figure 8 Productions

Summerhall Demonstration Room

Lïnger by Breandán de Gallaí (5 – 21 August)

Ériu featuring Breandán de Gallaí & Nick O’Connell

Dance Base

Your Own Man/Mad Notions by Luke Murphy (23 – 28 August)

Luke Murphy – Attic Projects

Dance Base

Liminal by Liadain Herriott (23 – 28 August)

Liadain Herriott

Dance Base

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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