Young people show TDs why arts necessary even in times of recession
Young people from around Ireland will be taking the opportunity to speak directly to politicians about their experiences of participating in the arts at the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) Youth Arts Showcase 2013 taking place today (03.07.13) in the National Library, Dublin.
Officially opened this year by Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D., the annual event aims to showcase the exceptional quality of youth arts activity happening throughout Ireland and celebrate the contribution of youth arts to the lives of young people and to Irish society.
“The National Youth Arts Showcase allows us to share and celebrate a small proportion of the massive contribution young people make to our rich cultural heritage,” said Anne O’Gorman, of the NYCI Youth Arts Programme speaking at the event.
“The showcase also highlights that access to the arts for young people is a right, not a privilege. Our reputation as a nation of artists, writers, actors and musicians is disproportionate to our small size, and disproportionate to public funding investment. We want to ensure that the promotion of Ireland as a culturally rich society is a lived reality for all our young people,” continued Ms O’Gorman.
“Youth arts is where the next generation of artists find their voice, upon whom we depend to maintain our status as a leading nation for artistic and cultural endeavour, which makes a significant contribution to the cultural, social and economic well being of the country,” concluded Ms O’Gorman.
Contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
Performers include young people from:
County Wexford Youth Theatre – 'That Night Follows Day' explores how children's lives are affected by the adult world which surrounds them
Kerry Youth Dance – performing ‘Forsaken’
CDS Pictures (Winners of Fresh Film Festival 2012) – ‘A Christmas Plan’
Errigal Groove Orchestra, Donegal – impressive collective breathes fresh life into old jazz standards
Young Irish Filmmakers – will be filming on the day
When: Wednesday July 3rd 2013 at 12:00 midday
Where: Seminar Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2 Officially opened by: Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht
Young performers (age 14 – 18) available to speak about benefits to them of participating in the arts.
NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. www.youth.ie