Anne Enright has been named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction.  She was awarded the honour by the Arts Council at a ceremony in Dublin and will begin her three-year term this month.

Anne Enright has been named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. The role lasts for three years, and is a new initiative that has been developed (...)

Sinead Cambell-Wallace in Alcina by the Opera Theatre Company which got a rise in funds from €640,000 to €680,000 for 2015. Photograph: Kip Carroll

The Arts Council funding allocations for 2015 have stability as their main focus. In this year’s allocations, just announced, most organisation(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? The Schaubühne’s Hamlet, at Dublin Theatre Festival, grabbed its audience by the throat and r(...)

Van Morrison Olympia Theatre, Dublin ***On stage is the sort of lineup that an ambitious arts-festival curator with money to burn might dream up. Ian (...)

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys: “The arts must benefit as the economy continues to improve.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has announced €2 million in extra funds for the Arts Council next year, to finance (...)

Better than the Baftas, greater than the Grammys, and more lobbied than the Oscars – welcome to the Ticket Awards 2014. Take your seats please, we’(...)

Floating Points: ‘I open Spotify just to make sure my new stuff isn’t on there’

There are moments in music when you hear a sliver of something that sounds like it has come from the future. It’s a sound or an approach that has t(...)

Tokyo skyline during the Red Bull Music Academy 2014 event

Each year, the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) invites two groups of 30 musicians – producers, singers, DJs and players – to come together in a new c(...)

Jah Shaka performing in Spiegeltent Antwerp in  2010. Photograph: Anviss/Flickr  Photograph: Anviss/Flickr

When Jah Shaka speaks it’s hard not to take him seriously. There’s the gentle levity of his Jamaican patois, and his bottomless brown eyes, like th(...)

Working in the arts and journalism is the perfect collision of culinary connections (it also allows you to write sentences as awful and contrived as t(...)