Minister Madigan Launches Culture Ireland’s 2018 Programme in Britain including a one-night only Imagining Ireland: 21st Century Song Concert

Josepha Madigan, T.D. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today (Friday) launched Culture Ireland’s 2018 special focus on Great Britain.

Culture Ireland – a division of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – will support a special focus of Irish artistic activity entitled GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain and will present a vibrant, contemporary and high quality programme including events across artistic disciplines in prestigious venues, institutions and festivals in Britain.

A full programme of over 60 projects incorporating performances, tours, exhibitions and concerts covering all areas of England, Scotland and Wales will be announced over the coming weeks.

Today, Minister Madigan met artists, including Bell X1’s Paul Noonan and singer Loah, as they prepared for one of the flagship events – Imagining Ireland: 21st Century Song which takes place at the Barbican Centre, London on Monday 5th March 2018. Tickets will go on sale shortly.

Speaking at the event, the Minister commented:

“Through the work of my Department and in particular, Culture Ireland, our artists continue to enhance Ireland’s international reputation for cultural excellence. Over the course of our shared history, artists from Britain and Ireland have made the journey in both directions and I’m very pleased that we are able to highlight these links through the GB18 programme.  I wish all the participants in this special programme in Britain every success, as they celebrate the strong cultural connections across these islands as well as creating further opportunities for artists to present their work abroad. ”

The artists will also participate in a Dublin performance of the event at the National Concert Hall Dublin on Saturday 3rd February 2018.


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Listing Details

Imagining Ireland: 21st Century Song

Saturday February 3, 2018 | National Concert Hall, Dublin | nch.ie

Monday March 5 2018 | Barbican Centre, London | Tickets on Sale Shortly

Additional Information

GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain

Culture Ireland will support a special programme in Britain in 2018 and will support a range of projects across artistic disciplines, building on their mutual special history and relationship. Following the successes of previous programme strands (Imagine Ireland in 2011, Culture Connects across the EU in 2013, I Am Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme), this new initiative will create unique opportunities for artists and companies in all art forms to perform across Britain and develop new audiences and their networks of contacts.

Imagining Ireland: 21st Century Song

Ireland has been acclaimed for its songwriters for generations – from Thomas Moore to Paul Brady. In 2016, Irish songwriters are touring the world and releasing albums to wide acclaim. This concert brings together our new generation of largely independent artists in one evening alongside some of their inspirations and influences.  Produced by Paul Noonan of BellX1 and Gary Sheehan of the National Concert Hall, this specially produced one-off show features a new generation of Irish songwriters performing with string quartet and electronics. It will feature some of the biggest contemporary artists, some icons of Irish music and spoken word contributions from modern Dublin.

This new performance follows on from the success of Imagining Ireland at the Royal Festival Hall in London as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. The performance is presented by Serious with additional support from the Embassy of Ireland in London.

Culture Ireland

Culture Ireland  – a division of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present their work at international festivals, venues, showcases and arts markets including the Edinburgh Festivals, Celtic Connections (Glasgow), the Venice Art and Architecture Biennales, WOMEX World Music Expo, South by Southwest (in partnership with First Music Contact), Frankfurt Book Fair (in partnership with Literature Ireland),  Tanzmesse (Düsseldorf) and Classical: NEXT (Rotterdam).

Culture Ireland runs a regular funding scheme to support the international presentation of work by Irish artists and companies. Applications are accepted from both participating artists and from international presenters. Culture Ireland also operates See Here, a scheme to support the inward travel to Ireland of international presenters, curators and promoters to see new Irish work available for touring.  In 2017, Culture Ireland reached 3.5 million live audience members and 7 million online viewers through the 450 Culture Ireland supported events presented in over 50 countries by Irish artists. In addition, Culture Ireland supported the incoming visits of over 160 Festival Directors and programmers throughout 2017 in order to experience Irish arts in their home environment and create further opportunities.


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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