Una Mullally

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Fás agus Forbairt

Last week I wrote about the Irish language in contemporary art and today, I spent most of the day at the Fás agus Forbairt gathering in Axis in Ballymun, where artists who work using the Irish language spoke about their experiences, challenges, indeed, …

Thu, Oct 18, 2012, 18:17

   

Last week I wrote about the Irish language in contemporary art and today, I spent most of the day at the Fás agus Forbairt gathering in Axis in Ballymun, where artists who work using the Irish language spoke about their experiences, challenges, indeed, the advantages of working through the Irish language.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Fás agus Forbairt wasn’t just around the emphasis on how writers and other artists need funding (obviously) along with an often impractical amount of time to develop their work, but there were rather refreshing conversations about art and the Irish language, devoid of the same old line that working through Irish should somehow be worthy or be about promoting the language first and the art second. All of the people who spoke were all about their art. As Marc Mac Lochlainn put it, he leaves that kind of teachy stuff to múinteoirí, he’s just interested in putting on quality work that happens to be in Irish.

Darach Mac Con Iomaire gave an impassioned and at times controversial keynote address. Mac Con Iomaire is the dude behind Corp agus Anam which we got a taste of this afternoon. I had never watched it, but I will be now.

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