Now in its 62nd year, the Cork Film Festival runs from November 10th to 19th

There may be some two months to go until Christmas, but when the Cork Film Festival opens in three weeks’ time “The Man Who Invented Christmas” will k(...)

Arts funding: a shallow gesture

Before becoming Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar made a commitment to double expenditure on the arts. This raised great expectations. It could be claimed that (...)

Then taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking in the National Gallery  when he launched Creative Ireland,  an ambitious plan for the arts, which sceptics regarded as just cosmetic fluff.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The winter sun streamed through the tall windows of the refurbished Shaw Room in the National Gallery last December as theatre directors, film-makers(...)

Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Laura Hutton/File/Collins

There is “huge disappointment” across the arts sector at its 2018 budget allocation, the chair of the Arts Council has said. Sheila Pratschke said t(...)

Modest resources: Dublin Theatre Festival chief executive Willie White. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Dublin Theatre Festival slipped into the red last year due to a 20 per cent drop in ticket sales, its latest accounts show. The company, which is(...)

Angela Dorgan, head of First Music Contact and organiser of the annual Hard Working Class Heroes festival. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Angela Dorgan has been called the fairy godmother of Irish music on more than one occasion. As the head of First Music Contact for more than 20 years,(...)

Anne Enright, the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction: “The spiral of male affection twists up through our cultural life.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Author Anne Enright has criticised the perception that creative work by women “isn’t good enough”. “The argument about excellence ... is incredibly hu(...)

Arriving into View: all of the teenage artists have lived in direct-provision centres. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

“Take a moment and put yourself in our shoes, because it’s not that easy being in a completely different country and culture,” says Eva Begum, a 17-ye(...)

Michael Patrick’s My Left Nut

My Left Nut Bewley’s Café Theatre, Powerscourt Townhouse ★★★★ In Michael Patrick’s bittersweet comic solo performance, a young Belfast boy is h(...)

Some 76 per cent of respondents in the arts survey had attended a cinema within the previous 12 months, while  17 per cent had been to a  theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

A higher percentage of the population attends arts events in Dublin than in any other region in the country, according to Arts in Irish Life 2016, a r(...)