Minister Ó Ríordáin Congratulates Irish Artists on their Success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today (14th August 2015) sent his congratulations to the Irish artists on their award -winning success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Earlier today, Fishamble’s production of Underneath with Pat Kinevane received the prestigious Fringe First Award while on Tuesday 11th August, Aoife Duffin, performing in The Corn Exchange’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing won The Stage Award for Acting Excellence.
Minister Ó Ríordáin said:
“It is an amazing tribute to the strength and imaginations of our artists that, once again, Irish culture has achieved substantial success in a global context. I know that the competition is fierce at the Edinburgh Festivals and it’s a fantastic result for these performers and their shows. I know also that it will generate further opportunities for them and I look forward to congratulating them in person when I travel to Edinburgh later this month.”
Minister Ó Ríordáin travels to Edinburgh for the Culture Ireland networking event (24 August) for international promoters and presenters where they will meet Irish artists and companies who are presenting work in Edinburgh. This networking opportunity attracts a strong group of promoters/buyers from around the world and is key to advancing careers and generating jobs for Irish artists.
Both shows have already achieved critical and public acclaim in Ireland and received offers to tour internationally over the coming months and years.
Through its Showcase programme, Culture Ireland has been supporting Irish artists at Edinburgh since 2008 in venues across the length and breadth of the city. Irish artists have offered audiences and promoters a snapshot of the diverse and exciting new work being created in Ireland. The Showcase programme has consistently attracted sell-out audiences and awards during the Festival season. In 2014, awards included Fringe Firsts for Dead Centre’s production of Lippy and Gúna Nua’s production of Pondling as well as The Stage Awards for Olwen Fouéré in riverrun and Bryan Burroughs in Beowolf.