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Forty per cent of artists have seen their income decline by more than 50% in the last year, an Oireachtas committee has heard. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Forty per cent of artists have seen their income decline by more than 50 per cent in the last year, an Oireachtas committee has heard. The Joint Oire(...)

Growhouse by Marie Brett, part of a multisensory installation at Cork Midsummer Festival. Photograph: Jed Niezgoda

I had thought I would feel more joy, but maybe anxiety should come as no surprise. As arts producers and theatre makers across the country return to l(...)

Light Ballet: the installation at Lough Key, in Boyle, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Light Ballet, a moving light installation, is to transform skies and the surrounding landscapes of eight Irish counties as part of Brightening Air, a (...)

Stephen Rea and (reflected) Judith Roddy in The Visiting Hour by Frank McGuinness, ‘streaming from the Gate auditorium’. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

In the beginning, everything was live. We sat around the fire, banged bits of bone together and howled tunefully at the unforgiving moon. Then some br(...)

Michael D Higgins and actor Tom Hickey at Liberty Hall, Dublin, November 2005. File photograph: Frank Miller

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Micheál Martin have paid tribute to actor Tom Hickey, who died at the weekend. From Kildare and born in 19(...)

Brighter days are ahead. Ninety-five well-known people tell us what they are most eagerly anticipating in the coming months Daniel O’Donnell Sin(...)

Children’s Books Ireland chief executive Elaina Ryan with her children Fiadh (5) and Sadhbh (3). The organisation won this year’s Business to Arts Awards Judges’ Special Recognition Award supported by Accenture. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The An Post Irish Book Awards, Children’s Books Ireland and the Galway International Arts Festival were among the winners at this year’s Business to A(...)

 Circus Gerbola founders Michael     and Tara Gerbola at their Meath base: they were forced to   stop their tour in March 2020 and fear they may not reopen. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Traditional circuses may “never reopen” after the coronavirus pandemic, circus owners are warning. Among those facing the end of the road is Circus G(...)

The Gate Theatre in Dublin.

When Selina Cartmell, director of the Gate Theatre, explained in some detail to The Irish Times last week why the Gate, unlike the Abbey, Druid and ot(...)

Bassam Al-Sabah: Wandering, wandering with a sun on my back

What stops creative people from working? I don’t mean the regular procrastination (which I prefer to imagine as valuable thinking time). I mean, what (...)

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