27 April 2007: ‘Turas / Journey’ - Arts Councils launch north - south traditional arts funding programme

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The Arts Council - An Chomhairle Ealaíon today (27th April) launched ‘Turas’ (Journey), a joint pilot Traditional Arts funding programme. The programme, which is intended to support and recognise the value of the Traditional Arts around the island of Ireland, was launched at the Foyle Arts Building, Magee College, University of Ulster, Derry.

Turas is jointly funded by both Arts Councils to the tune of €88,000 and is open to applicants from across Ireland, north and south. Turas offers support for arts projects that involve partnership, exchange or network between artists, groups or organisations in Northern Ireland and their counterparts in the south. All areas of the Traditional Arts such as music, song, dance, storytelling and language arts will be considered.

Liz Doherty, Traditional Arts Specialist, The Arts Council - An Chomhairle Ealaíon said, “This new joint initiative will offer a new level of support in addition to the basis already in place by both Arts Councils, and will benefit the entire Traditional Arts community throughout the island of Ireland. It will also encourage, in a very pro-active way, new and imaginative developments within the Traditional Arts world.”

Paul Flynn, Traditional Arts Officer at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland said, “There has always been co-operation between traditional artists throughout this island and the Turas scheme hopes to encourage this partnership and help produce some exciting and memorable Traditional Arts collaborative projects.”

Application forms will be available from 1st May 2007 from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The closing date for applications is 28th June 2007. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposal by 31st July 2007.

For further information, please contact Paul Flynn, Traditional Arts Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, pflynn@artscouncil-ni.org, 028 9038 5226


Issued By: Joe Stuart, Press and Communications Officer, Arts Council, Tel 01 6180 235

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