Jo Mangan

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Carlow Arts Festival: Jo Mangan, the event’s director

Programming a festival is like putting a selection box together. You’re trying to find the right mix. Everyone loves the salted caramels, but what abo(...)

Max Richter’s Sleep: the SXSW performance. Photograph: Mike Terry

Sleep, Max Richter’s eight-hour musical epic, is to get its Irish live premiere at this year’s Carlow Arts Festival, where the slumbering audience wil(...)

Stephen Swift: In a world where ego can dominate, Swift seemed to steer a path straddling decency and talent.

Stephen Swift Born: December 22nd, 1973 Died: June 5th, 2018 For an actor, especially an ensemble actor, the quality of the person often feeds into(...)

Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke,  Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan and Arts Council director Orlaigh McBride along with Irish artists and arts organisations at the Arts Council during the Minister visit.

Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan reaffirmed a commitment to the “arm’s length” funding of arts, when she visited the Arts Council on Monday as it ann(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at the National Gallery of Ireland, where he launched Creative Ireland, a major cross-governmental initiative and legacy project of Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, with Minister for the Arts  Heather Humphreys and Minister  for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Artists and workers within the creative industries have been largely positive in their response to the Government’s Creative Ireland policy announceme(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: increases in funding for a range of arts and heritage bodies have been broadly welcomed, but the National Campaign for the Arts say Ireland’s expenditure on arts and culture is still the lowest in the EU. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

There has been a broad welcome from cultural organisations for provisions announced by the Minister for Arts, Heather Humphreys, including increases i(...)

Jo Mangan: “I challenge anyone to go through a day without engaging with the arts.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Jo Mangan is a busy woman. Our lunchtime meeting is sandwiched between a variety of media appearances relating to the National Campaign for the Arts,(...)

Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson. He criticised the creation of the new Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht

Campaigners for the arts need to reach out beyond their core constituency if they are to achieve real political change, a meeting in Dublin’s Project(...)

Heather Humphreys at the Dáil in April.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Strikes by artists are an option on the table, according to the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA). The arts community has reacted strongly to th(...)

Mary Murray, Caitriona Ennis and  Ian Toner in Wild Sky. Photograph:  Fergal Phillips

Wild Sky Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin *** Ireland at the time of the Easter Rising, fracturing and differing, is seen as an exploding love trian(...)

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