Minister Madigan approves over €130k in funding for cross-border cultural projects under Cooperation with Northern Ireland Scheme 2018

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has today, 10 July 2018, announced €131,900 in funding to support cultural projects with significant cross-border elements under the Cooperation with Northern Ireland Scheme 2018.

Thirteen projects are benefitting (from 18 applicants), within maximum funding provided of €15,000. Projects range from exhibitions, workshops and festivals and all involve bodies on both sides of the border cooperating in a cultural context.

Some examples of the projects being funded include the Children’s Book Ireland project, which is an all-island competition and platform for engaging young readers, contains a shadowing scheme whereby illustrators and authors meet with children and discuss their books.  In 2017, over 2,000 children were engaged in the north and over 16 schools participated in the South.

Support is also being provided to the Gallery of Photography to continue their well-received Reframing the Border project (for which funding was provided through this Scheme in 2017) through short films of Orange Lodge members in South,  videos or oral history of people on both sides of the border and capturing local images of people and landscapes.

On the performance sides of things, funding is being allocated to the Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre to perform a piece called Fulcrum right on the border as a cultural interpretation of the challenges of Brexit and other matters while celebrating the culture of the island as a whole.

Speaking today Minister Madigan said:

“The Cooperation with Northern Ireland Scheme 2018 is an important recognition that culture has no borders and transcends politics to manifest the heart of the individual.

“This Scheme supports projects with elements on both sides of the border, bringing an exchange of ideas and a joint experience that can only serve to further celebrate our culture as an island with a global reach.”





Note to Editors:

Please see below full list of local authorities funded:

Applicant Project Description 2018 funding allocation
Bardic Educational Arts & Media Arts based project which will nurture and develop artistic talent, promote Irish culture and develop cultural links between Donaghmore and Clones €            7,000.00
Children’s Books Ireland CBI book of the year awards 2017-18 and shadowing scheme €          15,000.00
Cinemagic Helps grow creative industries and tackle poverty and social exclusion by maximising the impact and reach of film, television and digital technologies €          15,000.00
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin Major art exhibition for Derry-Donegal region. €          10,000.00
ADAPT Centre (Dublin City University) To enhance engagement between secondary schools and universities in the North and south via the ADAPT All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) €            8,000.00
Gallery of Photography Ireland To deliver 3 new cross border projects, engage local communities in public events and showcase the work of the project at a major symposium €          12,000.00
St. Mary’s Primary School To join the generations and communities of South Armagh and Donegal on a North/South initiative working on a Digital Intergenerational Project €          15,000.00
Youth Theatre Ireland Strengthen the links between youth theatre practitioners, north and south, and enhance the artistic heritage of youth theatre in Ireland €            6,000.00
Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre A small self-contained series of performances taking place in one location on the border. Promotes artistic and cultural history of Ireland  €          10,000.00
Oriel Traditional Orchestra To gain financial assistance towards the development of repertoire and the purchase of instruments that will be used in s series of local performances that will celebrate the musical heritage of the border  €          11,000.00
PLACE To develop new audiences for architecture North and South and to enhance the cultural tourism impact of Open House Belfast  €          12,000.00
Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company The only international dance festival that takes place in Northern Ireland  €            4,900.00
Cardiff University Researching the border area of Strabane examining the characteristics of this area in terms of landscape, built form, building and landscape uses  €            6,000.00
 €        131,900.00

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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