The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin, T.D., today (September 10th, 2020) announced the setting up of an Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce. Martin has put RTÉ\'s former Executive Director of Radio to lead the Taskforce. Clare Duignan has held key leadership roles at RTÉ for over 20 years, and since leaving the broadcaster has been a member of the Board of The Irish Times, The Chester Beatty, Fáilte Irleand, Business to Arts and Ireland Reaching Out. The composition of the taskforce will be announce in the coming days.
The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and An Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin, has announced a number of job stimulus packages for the media, tourism, culture and sport industries. Irish Tourism will benefit from both the extension of the Temporary Wage Support Scheme (TWSS) and the Employment Wage Support Scheme (EWSS), while a new €10million Performance and Production Support package will support the culture sector. €2m will be provide to the BAI\'s Sound and Vision Fund along with €3m for TV Drama to be administered by Screen Ireland. €2.5m will be provided to the sports sector to help support the re-opening of swimming pools. Údarás na Gaeltachta will receive an additional €8million to support building works.
Riverdance turns 20 this year. In 1994 the international phenomena took centre stage at the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 in Dublin. To mark its 20th anniversary Riverdance and Trinity College Dublin have announced "The Riverdance-Trinity International Summer School". Participants are expected from across the world. They will learn from special guest tutors on aspects of the performance, choreography and the Irish cultural context of Riverdance. They will also examine the development of the music from its ethnic roots through to its Grammy Award-winning success. The international summer school will be hosted by Trinity’s School of Drama, Film and Music, The Lir − Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.