22/03/18

British Embassy Celebrates Culture Ireland GB18 in Dublin

GB18 Year-long focus of Irish arts in Britain sees 100+ Irish artists tour England, Scotland and Wales

(Thursday March 22, 2018) The British Ambassador in Dublin today hosted a celebration of cultural connections between Ireland and Britain with Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan T.D.

Culture Ireland GB18, supported by Culture Ireland, part of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will see more than 100 artists and projects tour England, Scotland and Wales in a vibrant, contemporary and high quality programme of events across all artistic disciplines throughout the year.

Following successful GB18 events held in Glasgow and London over the past two months, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan T.D. announced more details of the programme saying, “Culture Ireland GB18 is planned both to celebrate and renew the unique cultural relationship which exists between Ireland and Britain. The GB18 programme aims to build on existing relationships in Britain as well as forge new connections, which it is hoped will be further developed in future years, ensuring our close cultural bonds for the future.”

The British Ambassador Robin Barnett said “Our bilateral relationship with Ireland is an extraordinarily close one, reflected in the breadth of our people to people links. It is great to be able to celebrate the vibrancy, creativity and passion of the arts and cultural ties across our two islands as well as the economic benefits from our strong creative industries. I am delighted that Culture Ireland chose Britain for its flagship overseas programme in 2018.”:

At the launch event guests enjoyed a performance by the Irish/Sierra-Leonean singer Loah (who just performed at London’s Barbican Centre as part of a GB18 Imagining Ireland concert) and the Manchester-based poet John McAuliffe who will be appearing as part of the Poets in the Cities tour of Britain presented by Poetry Ireland later in 2018.

Highlights of the GB18 programme in April include:

  • The Abbey Theatre production of The Plough and the Stars runs at London’s Lyric Hammersmith until 7 April
  • To commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Good Friday Agreement, Poetry Ireland presents The Further Shore: The Journey to Good Friday, 1998 at London’s Barbican Centre (5 April)
  • Visual artist Sean Lynch’s exhibition Bandits Live Comfortably in the Ruins tours to Cornwall and Southhampton
  • Irish harpists perform at Wales International Harp Festival (1-7 April)
  • Finbar Furey tours to Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, London and Liverpool (4-9 April)
  • An increased presence of Irish authors and writers at the London Book Fair – an increased presence at the annual event (10 – 12 April)
  • Malaprop Theatre presents LOVE+ and BlackCatfishMusketeer at London’s Omnibus Theatre (10 – 29 April)
  • And in the year that Ireland is the feature country at Vence CREATE presents Engaging Places: Collaborative Praxis in Art and Architecture at Heart of Glass, St Helen’s, Merseyside and Tate Exchange, Liverpool (16 – 21 April)

Later in the year audiences can enjoy Druid Theatre’s acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot at the Edinburgh International Festival, ANU and CoisCéim’s production of These Rooms also supported as part of the British Government’s 1418 Now Commemorations, Fishamble Theatre Company’s The Humors of Bandon at the Brighton Festival and Pan Pan’s double bill of Beckett’s All That Fall and Cascando on tour around Britain.

Other highlights of Culture Ireland GB18 include the recently launched Irish National Opera touring its acclaimed co-production with Landmark Productions of The Second Violinist by Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy to London’s Barbican Centre and a range of Irish visual artists at exhibitions around the island. Kíla,  the Martin Hayes Quartet and Slow Moving Clouds will all tour widely too.

The full programme of 100+ events can be found here.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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