Over €248,000 invested in Longford Arts by the Arts Council for 2018

Longford Leader Reporter


Longford Leader Reporter



Over €248,000 invested in Longford Arts by the Arts Council for 2018

Over €248,000 invested in Longford Arts by the Arts Council for 2018

People in Longford will experience the arts in new and exciting ways during 2018, the Arts Council has said after it announced over €248,000 in funding for Longford Arts projects.

Outlining its plan to invest €68.4 million nationwide over the course of the year, the agency for developing the arts said the focus of this year’s investment would be on creating opportunities for the public to experience large-scale work, as well as work of real artistic ambition, by supporting organisations through its two new funding programmes.

“2018 is going to be an excellent year for people in Longford who enjoy the arts”, said Arts Council Director, Orlaith McBride.  “Whether you love theatre, music, dance, literature or the visual arts, whether you are young or old, you will experience wonderful work that will lift your spirit.”

The Council said more than half of its total grant from Government would be invested through its new Strategic Funding programme, for established organisations operating at the highest level across all the areas of the arts. This includes funding for the first time at this level for several organisations.

In addition, there will be increased funding for particular work by artists, emerging companies and organisations through the new Arts Grants Funding programme

Individual artists will be supported through a range of schemes such as bursaries and the Next Generation award, the Council said, with funding too for the dozens of unique festivals that take place in communities across Ireland in 2018.

Amongst the grants offered to organisations in Longford were:

* €55,000 for Shawbrook / LD Dance Trust Teo
* €154,000 for Backstage Theatre
* €29,500 for Longford Council Arts Service

Shawbrook is a resource organisation that provides dance training and development opportunities to dance students in preparation for professional training. It advocates for professional dance training in Ireland and promotes creativity and innovation in dance for young students.

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Backstage Theatre is a multi-disciplinary arts centre in Longford town. It was established in 1995 under the auspices of the local GAA club. It has a 212 seat theatre and rehearsal spaces. It is an arts resource for Longford, providing rehearsal space, hosting touring productions and producing work with other venues. It manages a programme of arts engagement with the community.

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Longford Council Arts Service promotes and develops the arts in Co Longford. Its core activities include: Information and Advice; Project Development; Financial support; and Research. Key areas of provision include creative writing and photography. It organises specific activities that reach different communities in the county , thereby allowing us to ensure that our partnership investment reaches a wider range of artists and citizens in Co Longford.

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