Tuesday 17 October 2017

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

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

Conor Kane

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.

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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