€147k Announced for Cross-Border Music and Arts Projects

Oriel Traditional Orchestra (Photo: Oriel Traditional Orchestra)

€147k Announced for Cross-Border Music and Arts Projects

The funding scheme will support the development of a youth music ensemble, an outreach programme for singers and a traditional music festival.

The results of a funding scheme by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for cross-border cultural projects have been announced this week, allocating €147k to thirteen music and arts projects. The Cooperation with Northern Ireland Scheme 2021 offers a maximum of €15,000 to projects which aim to encourage cultural and artistic collaboration from both sides of the border in Ireland. 

Music Generation Laois – in partnership with Strabane Brass Band and Music Generation Carlow – has been awarded €12,000 to develop an ensemble of young musicians, using online platforms and digital technology to rehearse and perform. Traditional music and dance organisation NYAH Cavan has been funded €15,000 to produce a live and digital festival in cooperation with Dun Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre in Tyrone. The festival will bring together musicians from Cavan, Monaghan, Down, Antrim, Derry, Fermanagh and Tyrone. 

Also funded as part of the scheme is Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, which has been allocated €15,000 to develop an outreach programme for singers and musicians from either side of the border. The project will be a collaboration between the Council and Oriel Traditional Orchestra in Louth, Creggan Local History Society in Armagh, Newry-based events organisation Oriel Events, and Louth County Council. 

Commenting on the funding announcement, Minister Catherine Martin said: 

The scheme provides a platform for cultural exchanges and joint projects from organisations on both sides of the border and has produced some fascinating and valuable projects over the years. This year’s allocations cover everything from photography to art to music and will be well received across the island of Ireland. 

Other successful projects include a series of talk events with dance artists, a new work of art to record the story of the traveller community, a youth film festival and a photography exhibition. 

See the full list of recipients below. For further information, visit: https://bit.ly/3d8HT7p

Éabhlóid, €10,000
Cinemagic, €15,000
The Little Museum of Dublin, €7,000
NYAH Cavan, €15,000
Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, €15,000
Gallery of Photography, €15,000
Irish Heritage Trust, €3,000
GAA Museum, €7,500
The Irish Military Heritage Foundation, €12,000
Irish Museums Association (IMA), €15,000
Dance Ireland, €15,000
Music Generation Laois, €12,000

Published on 23 June 2021

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