Arts from Northern Ireland
The publication, Arts from Northern Ireland, the product of co-operation between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council in Northern Ireland, was launched today at the Belfast Waterfront Hall.
Arts from Northern Ireland is a full-colour brochure illustrated throughout with over 40 colour pictures. It is aimed at the international market, at people from other countries who have little or no knowledge of Northern Ireland, but who may wish to visit here or to bring our arts abroad.
Consequently, the publication is simply written and direct. Its introduction places Northern Ireland in the context of the island of Ireland, the British Isles and Europe. It gives details of size, population, cities, language, famous items (the Causeway, Titanic, Planetarium), and a brief political history.
Other headings are drama, music, the visual arts, arts in the community, film-making & new media and literature, each containing a mixture of the world-famous (Liam Neeson, Seamus Heaney, Brian Moore, James Galway, Brian Friel) with the up-and-coming.
Peter Lyner, Director of the British Council in Northern Ireland, introducing the launch, said:
"The Arts from Northern Ireland Brochure will be in over 200 British Council Offices around the world; in countries as widely separated as France and Finland, as Azerbaijan and Argentina …
It will demonstrate the wide range of cultural talent emerging from somewhere as small as Northern Ireland.
Mr Lyner went on to add that the publication was
"truly a joint venture which will be of value not only to the cultural life of Northern Ireland but also to the commercial and the political as it helps to lay down the foundations of a balanced and realistic view of Northern Ireland".
Brian Ferran, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said:
"The Arts Council has a long history in promoting the arts within Northern Ireland and around the world. Part of our remit is to make sure that the excellence of artistic practise in Northern Ireland is reinforced at every opportunity, to government, to the international community and to our own people. This brochure fulfills all these criteria and we are pleased to be associated with it".
Also present at the launch were international pianist Barry Douglas and members of the Ulster Orchestra.