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# Arts

Last year
2022
# Literature
Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka wins 2022 Booker Prize
The winner was announced in a ceremony that was broadcast this evening.
# Arts
More than 300 free events to take place across Dublin on Culture Night
The “celebration of creativity and culture” is returning this year on 23 September.
# cultural life
A lottery will see 2,000 artists receive €325-a-week in pilot income scheme
All eligible applications will be entered into a random selection process.
All time
# culture night 2021
Culture Night promises a 'national moment' as events take place across the country
Here are some of the highlights from tonight’s national event.
# It's back
Guinness Cork Jazz Festival returning this year after being cancelled due to Covid-19 in 2020
The festival is set to take place over the bank holiday weekend from 22 to 25 October.
# live events
'We need a plan': Live events are happening in Ireland - but it's not all plain sailing
We speak to promoters and venues putting on gigs in the new era of live performance.
Voices
Opinion: Basic income for Ireland's artists? It's about time
Arts programmer Naoise Nunn looks at why it’s important the arts are funded – and valued.
# Live Music
Minister defends live performance ban for pubs and restaurants but musicians criticise 'sledgehammer approach'
Live music will not be permitted at food and beverage facilities under new guidance.
The chair of the Musicians' Union of Ireland has described the latest guidance as "outrageous", write Orla Dwyer and Christina Finn.
Government sources have indicated that the Fáilte Ireland guidelines could be modified during the summer.
Minister Catherine Martin said every restriction is guided by public health advice.
Political row after Fianna Fáil TD suggests 'decommissioning NPHET'
Outdoor tables in beer gardens and restaurants limited to six adults as closing time stays at 11.30pm
Voices
Minister Martin: We can protect our artists by covering their basic living costs
The creative sector was badly hit by the pandemic and has most to benefit from a Universal Basic Income pilot, write the Arts Minister.
# Arts
Arts sector: €50m support for live events announced in Budget 2021
Michael McGrath said Covid has had a “devastating impact” on arts, cultural and sporting activities.
Voices
Opinion: Self-publishing your own book is an achievable dream
Self-published author Seán Brennan has some simple advice for anyone who feels it’s time to write that book they’ve been thinking about.
# live events
'Creative lifeblood of Ireland': Events industry pens open letter on impact of Covid-19 on the sector
The open letter is part of the national awareness week for the live entertainment and event industry in Ireland.
# Job Losses
New Pandemic Unemployment Payment bands kick in today, here's what you need to know
The PUP will move from two rates of payment to three rates, and the top rate is being reduced.
# Arts
Martin announces establishment of arts and culture recovery taskforce
It will report to Minister Martin by 31 October to provide the government with an action plan for the sector.
# Arts
€6 million worth of support packages for live performance and music industry announced
Minister Catherine Martin announced the measures this evening.
# Arts
'We'd hoped that by September things would improve': Arts festivals grapple with the impact of the coronavirus
The organisers of three festivals spoke to us about how they’ve been coping – and what it means for the future.
# ban on booze
Ban on alcohol at gigs under consideration in a bid to allow music events resume
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and Minister for Arts Catherine Martin are meeting artists today.
# mixed messaging
Campaign group to seek NPHET's 'specific concerns' about live events in meeting with Health Minister
Confusion arose earlier this month following conflicting messages on numbers permitted at cultural events.
# confusing
Latest: Music venues can 'place query with Department' on whether 50 people are allowed at events
Yet another statement on the matter has been issued by the Department of Culture this evening.
# arts venues
Limited to 6 people: Government statement says strict rules now apply to indoor cultural events
The outdoor limit is 15 people.
# bleak outlook
Despite some Phase Three optimism, TDs to be told many SMEs are 'dying' due to pandemic
A worrying picture will be painted when representatives from a number of sectors address TDs today.
# Catherine Martin
‘Whatever you’re having yourself’: TD questions new ‘jumble drawer’ ministry
Some critics have concerns about whether each area will get enough attention from Catherine Martin.
# criunniú na nóg
Kids bored at home? This children's art festival shares classes and events online
“We just want to really encourage people to make, and to create,” Margarita Cappock of Dublin City Council said.
# creative kids
'It was incredible to witness': RTÉ documentary shows the power of the arts for young children
It follows the launch of the creative programme in Irish schools last year.
# Coronavirus
'There isn't a bleak enough word to say how bleak it is now': Artists grapple with impact of coronavirus crisis
People working in the arts say the current situation has placed huge financial pressure on them.
# Funding
Government criticised over schemes aimed at helping artists impacted by coronavirus
Minister Josepha Madigan made the announcement about a number of new initiatives today.
# Civic Theatre
'Overwhelming number' of applications to fund for Irish creators in need due to coronavirus
The fund was set up by the Civic Theatre in Tallaght, Dublin.
Voices
Opinion: 'It's only as an adult in a post-Brexit world that the extent of what people lived through in the Troubles hits home'
Two women and dancers, Nicola Curry and Liz Roche, explore their own stories of growing up on both sides of the border.
# frayed
'What was Zeus playing at?': A tour with a difference is hoping to get more people into art
It’s part of a new arts festival taking place in Dublin next week.
# Events
Event guide: Here's what is happening around the country this weekend
A goat fair and a Cavan food festival are just some of the events taking place.
# gaze festival
'From the outside it looks like everything's great, but there's still a lot to do': The film festival that celebrates Ireland's LGBT community
The festival’s curator talks us through its highlights.
# Arts
Plans for €110m Parnell Square cultural quarter facing major setback over lack of funding
The cost of the library was originally estimated to cost €60m but has since increased to €80m according to the latest reports.
# electrolyte
A journey through music, youth culture and loss is coming to Ballymun
A new work opens tonight in the Axis theatre.
# city culture
Government considering staggered closing times and 'night mayors' to enhance Irish nightlife
The minister has suggested a night mayor for cities such as Dublin could be beneficial.
# The Luckiest Guy Alive
John Cooper Clarke: 'I heard on the news that Bono's leather pants were robbed, so I put it to rhyme'
The godfather of British performance poetry will embark on an Irish tour in March and April.
# UK
Government pledges £1m to redevelop London Irish Centre to help 'serve diverse needs' of community
The centre first opened in 1955 to meet the needs of new Irish emigrants to the English capital.
# Complaint
Artists who wrote letter criticising Abbey Theatre direction 'won't be blacklisted'
That was among the sentiments expressed at an Oireachtas committee meeting today during which the current issues with the Abbey Theatre were discussed.
# singing for survival
Hunger Games meets X Factor: Play highlights how people who are 'different' are treated in a post-Trump world
The piece is devised and performed by an ensemble of actors with intellectual disabilities, reflecting satirically on the rise of right-wing authoritarianism.
Voices
Opinion: Should disabled characters be played by disabled actors?
‘I’m really not a fan of hiring someone because they have or have not got a disability and I, for one, would not like to be hired for a job on that basis,’ writes filmmaker Paddy Slattery.
# Improv
'What is this magic, how are they making this up as they go along?'
Improvisers from all over the world are performing in Dublin this week.