Tuesday 27 September 2016

Getting animated about culture: Burton to set up 'arts camps'

Conor Kane

Published 09/01/2016 | 02:30

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Paul Young (right) and Tomm Moore of Cartoon Saloon and TD Ann Phelan during a visit to the Kilkenny-based Oscar-nominated animation company yesterday. Photo: Dylan Vaughan
Tánaiste Joan Burton with Paul Young (right) and Tomm Moore of Cartoon Saloon and TD Ann Phelan during a visit to the Kilkenny-based Oscar-nominated animation company yesterday. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

The Labour Party wants to establish a global Irish arts forum to spread the word worldwide about the Irish arts and culture scene if returned to government in the forthcoming election.

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Tánaiste Joan Burton also said yesterday that she wanted to see public arts centres being used for "arts camps" which would be run in a similar vein to the GAA's nationwide network of summer-held Cúl Camps.

Speaking in Kilkenny where she visited the twice-Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon, Ms Burton said she wanted to see public funding of the arts become "a very strong feature" of the next government.

The Tánaiste met a number of staff at the Cartoon Saloon who are working on their next animated feature, 'The Breadwinner'.

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