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(...)

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,(...)

‘Muldoon’s Picnic’ refers to a popular 19th-century New York vaudeville act

How would you describe a poet going on tour around Ireland with a house band and a selection of guest artists from the worlds of literature and music?(...)

Jesse Jones’s film collaboration with actor Olwen Fouéré and sound artist Susan Stenger

There’s something seductive about reinventing the past, letting the “what-ifs” take over to create new imagined futures. Sometimes it’s a dystopian ad(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: could have drawn up a gender-equality policy that would apply to any organisation or individual receiving funding from her department. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Kilkenny Arts Festival found itself in a scrap about gender balance when it announced its classical programme last month. Laurence Mackin’s report on (...)

Henrik Gard, Jenny Higgins (left) and Nathalie Marquez Courtney on Gard’s boat. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“My uncle retrained as a clown and a knife thrower,” Nathalie Marquez Courtney says matter-of-factly. I’m only sorry our coffees haven’t arrived yet, (...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys:  Creative Ireland/Clár Éire Ildánach will promote culture and creativity across art forms and media over the next five years. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Every child in the country will be given the opportunity to develop their musical creativity and skills as part of an ambitious new five-year Governme(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD will be the keynote speaker at a national conference on the Easter Rising at NUI Galway on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted the State has failed in the past to give the arts the support they deserve. Mr Kenny said the Easter Rising commem(...)

James Vincent McMorrow. His new album We Move is out on September 2nd

It might be coming to the end of the summer but Ken Allen hasn’t been slowing down to suit the season. If anything, he’s cranking it up. The label own(...)

Puppets from Anglo: The Musical. Photograph: Frank Miller

Set up an Irish music office Ireland is rich with musical talent, but like many artistic sectors, the State approach has been to let it farm itself(...)