Kilkenny to benefit as Arts Council invests in high-quality events

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Music in Kilkenny has benefited from Arts Council funding. Mezzo soprano Léa Desandre joins Thomas Dunford in Kilmurry House, Thomastown on October 27 as part of its autumn series

People in Kilkenny will experience a wide range of high-quality arts events in the months ahead, the Arts Council said today, with funding for a number of local organisations and artists through two grants programmes. 

Music in Kilkenny, Historical Harp Society of Ireland, Barnstorm Theatre Company Ltd and Monkeyshine Theatre are among those to receive the funding boost. Across the country, the government agency for funding and developing the arts awarded €7.3 million to some 131 artists, arts organisations and projects through its Arts Grant Funding programme.


In addition, the Council said Kilkenny audiences would get the opportunity to see Decadent Theatre Company’s production of The Mai; Jazz on The Terrace and Rose Henderson will tour 'Take Off Your Cornflakes' as part of an investment of €915,000 through its Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme in 22 companies and artists to bring great art on tour to 26 counties across every region of Ireland.

Speaking about the announcement Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said: “The Arts Council is delighted to announce this significant investment in the arts through our Arts Grant Funding and Touring programmes. This investment recognises the world class talent that continues to be displayed by our artists and arts organisations. The range of activities supported will ensure that audiences across the island of Ireland will have access to artistic work of ambition, innovation and excellence.”

Now in its second year, the Arts Grant Funding scheme was first introduced in 2018 under the agency’s 10-year strategy, Making Great Art Work. Separately, the Arts Council expects to award a further €35 million through its Strategic Funding scheme in 2020, along with significant additional investment in bursaries for artists, projects, touring and other supports and grants.


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