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Friday, September 03, 2010

Over The Edge supports the National Campaign for The Arts Day of Action


Over The Edge supports the National Campaign for The Arts
day of action on Friday, September 17th

The National Campaign for The Arts has set out the following goals and demands for the upcoming budget:

"There is now a broad consensus that the arts will play a dynamic part in Ireland’s economic and social recovery. To maintain their role as a significant driver of employment, cultural tourism, the creative industries, our collective wellbeing and international reputation, NCFA asks that the next budget will:

1
Maintain current levels of funding to the statutory agencies for the arts, including Irish Film Board, Culture Ireland and in particular The Arts Council, whose investment in the development of Irish artists generates the cultural assets that are central to our future.

2
Make significant new funding available to the arts and culture sector to build on its cultural tourism potential, through the creation of a dedicated cultural tourism fund.

3
Protect local authority arts funding and its essential role in the cultural diversity, social cohesion, economic impact, participation and identity of communities and regions."

Arts Groups all around the country will be seeking meetings with their public representatives, of all parties, on the National Day of Action, Friday September 17th.

On that day the Advanced Poetry Workshop facilitated at Galway Arts Centre by Over The Edge co-organiser Kevin Higgins will be reading their work at Clifden Arts Week. Venue: Clifden Library. Time 1pm. For more see http://clifdenartsweek.ie/index.php?option=com_redevent&view=details&id=118:galway-writers-advanced-workshop-under-tutor-and-poet-kevin-higgins&xref=141&Itemid=79 

Workshop participants recently published an anthology of poems, Behind The Masks, with a foreword by Galway City Council's Arts Officer James Harrold. The Advance Poetry Workshop @ Galway Arts Centre is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished in the country. Participants have won prizes for their work, published books and read their work at some of Ireland's leading literary festivals. 

The workshop includes participants who live in the Galway West, Clare and Mayo constituencies.

As our contribution to the national day of action Over The Edge invites all of the public representatives for the Galway West, Clare and Mayo constituencies to join us for the reading on Thursday, September 17th, 1pm @ Clifden Library so that they can express their support for the goals of The National Campaign for The Arts in relation to the forthcoming budget.

The public representatives for the Galway West constituency are

Frank Fahy T.D. (Fianna Fáil)
Noel Grealish T.D. (Independent)
Michael D. Higgins T.D. (Labour)
Padraic McCormack T.D. (Fine Gael)
Eamonn O'Cuiv T.D. (Fianna Fáil)
Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames (Fine Gael)
Senator Niall Ó'Brolcháin (Green Party)

The public representatives for the Clare constituency are

Pat Breen T.D. (Fine Gael)
Joe Carey T.D. (Fine Gael)
Timmy Dooley T.D. (Fianna Fáil)
Tony Killeen T.D. (Fianna Fáil)

The public representatives for the Mayo constituency are
Dara Calleary T.D. (Fianna Fáil)
Beverley Flynn T.D. (Fianna Fáil)
Enda Kenny T.D. (Fine Gael)
John O'Mahony T.D. (Fine Gael)
Michael Ring T.D. (Fine Gael)

Copies of the group's publication Behind The Masks will be available for sale for €5 to public representatives and anyone one else who attends the reading at Clifden Library on Friday, September 17th @ 1pm. The reading is part of Clifden Arts Week.