These Rooms by Anu. Photo: Pat Redmond

Culture Ireland brings Irish arts to British audiences

02 February 2018
3 min read

GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain will see hundreds of artists, performers and creators’ work showcased across England, Scotland and Wales this year.

With arts and creativity seamlessly intertwined at all levels of Irish life, Culture Ireland’s year-long initiative is an exciting opportunity to bring the sheer vibrancy of Irish arts to our closest cultural neighbours. GB18’s diverse and contemporary programme will be presented in prestigious venues, institutions and festivals the length and breadth of Britain, including the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), the Edinburgh Festivals and the Brighton Festival.

Spanning all artistic disciplines, from architecture, dance, film and literature, to music, theatre, opera and visual arts, the GB18 initiative creates a unique opportunity for artists and companies in all art forms to perform across Britain and grow new audiences.

Part of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Culture Ireland works to generate international opportunities for Irish artists and supports Irish artists as they gain global contracts and develop their careers.

Theatre-goers will be able to enjoy several award-winning Irish theatrical productions including the Abbey Theatre’s The Plough and the Stars, CoisCéim’s These Rooms, Fishamble Theatre Company’s Forgotten, Malaprop Theatre’s LOVE+ and Pan Pan’s double bill of Beckett’s All That Fall and Cascando.

LOVE+ by Malaprop

The recently launched Irish National Opera will tour its acclaimed co-production with Landmark Productions of The Second Violinist at London’s iconic Barbican Centre. A host of Irish visual artists, including Alison Lowry, Sean Lynch, Richard Carr and Jesse Jones, will also present their distinct exhibitions in a variety of locations.

Irish musical tradition will be well represented by Kíla, Comhaltas Ceolteoirí Éireann, the Martin Hayes Quartet, Slow Moving Clouds and Dónal Lunny’s Atlantic Arc Orchestra, as they all tour widely across 2018. While Ireland’s National Concert Hall will present a special night of contemporary Irish songwriting at the Barbican, featuring singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, Bell X1’s Paul Noonan and art-soul songstress Loah, among many others.

The full Culture Ireland GB18 programme of 60+ projects, performances, tours, exhibitions and concerts has kicked off with Glasgow’s Celtic Connections folk music festival, where the spotlight is shining on Ireland as this year’s showcase country.

GB18’s extensive programme of works will be seen in more than two dozen cities around Britain including, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Chester, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Helen’s, Ipswich, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Paisley, Southampton and Reading.


Find out more about GB18 and read the full programme at Culture Ireland