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Sinn Féin back new all-Ireland Arts Initiative

30 April, 2007


Sinn Féin Culture and Irish Language Spokesperson, East Derry MLA Francie Brolly, member designate of the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee in the new Assembly has welcomed the new joint funding initiative by the Arts Council in the North and An Comhairle Ealaíon in the South - Turas.

Mr Brolly said:

"Turas is the Irish word for 'a journey' and this new joint funding initiative by the Arts Council in the North and An Comhairle Ealaíon in the South is intended to recognise the value of traditional arts in Ireland: music, song, dance and oral arts such as storytelling, as well as language in association with other art forms.

"Ireland has a rich cultural heritage that we need to support and nurture. This is an excellent initiative and I would encourage band, groups, individuals and event organisers top look at this funding stream.

"£60,000 has been allocated and the maximum award available per project, open to individual artists, groups/bands and organisations, is £10,000. Projects already funded or eligible for funding under other Arts Council schemes, North or South, will not qualify. Awards can not be made retrospectively and they will not be available to events which are primarily competitive or primarily profit-making.


Note to Editors

The scheme was launched in Magee University in Derry on Friday evening and was followed by a recording of RTE's 'Céilí House', the first time in its forty years of existence that the programme will come from Derry City.

The final submission date for funding applications to 'Turas' is Thursday, 30th of June, 2007 and the closing time is 4 p.m. Application forms are available from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and should be returned by post to:

Arts Council of Northern Ireland,
TURAS programme,
McNeice House,
Malone Road,
BELFAST BT9 6AQ

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