ACNI offers £150,00 international touring fund

Michael Quinn
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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is to provide funding of £150,000 to help the region’s performers and companies take their work to international audiences.

The Artists’ International Development Fund is one of a raft of initiatives by the grant-dispensing body to showcase Northern Ireland’s arts abroad.

Awards of up to £5,000 will be made available across all art forms over the next three years and be operated in partnership with the British Council Northern Ireland. The fund builds on the success of the recent Brussels Platform, which was launched in September last year and has so far given 16 local artists the opportunity to take their work to the European Parliament in the Belgian capital, most recently writer-and-actor Dan Gordon’s tale of Belfast’s shipbuilders, The Boat Factory.

ACNI chief executive Roisin McDonough said the new schemes “will help open up opportunities for some of our finest writers, musicians, performers and visual artists, to present their work to international audiences. Our reputation as a cultural and artistic hub is growing as more tourists come to visit and these new initiatives will help us to spread the story of Northern Ireland’s creative wealth even further, by supporting performances and exhibitions in worldwide locations”.

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