‘Confusion is not an ignoble condition’ is a well-known line from Brian Friel’s powerful play Translations. It could serve as a fitting refrain for the strange and complex times we’re in.
Nobility abounds in the work that you continue to plan and make. In recent performances by Music from Galway and Tradition Now, we witnessed some of the world’s finest musicians performing for us in most unusual and trying circumstances. Often masked, and distanced from each other, with no audience present to encourage them along, they performed into an applause-less void. A palpable sense of nobility and humanity radiated from these performances.
Minister Catherine Martin’s cultural recovery taskforce concluded its meetings last week. Striking about this engagement has been the sense of a shared common purpose and a spirit of collaboration. The report will be published in the coming days and it is freighted with a clear understanding of the vital place of the arts and events landscape. It proposes practical measures to meet the particular challenges facing the profession.
The historic budget uplift offers reassurance for next year and will help us to sustain you through the coming months. In response to some recent bursary decisions, recipients mentioned the crucial lifeline that it provides for them. We look forward to providing as many of these life-changing supports as we can.
While many deadlines have now closed, it is still possible to apply for professional development funding and for the capacity building support scheme. Our team will be delighted to answer any queries that you will have about these.
We know that concern for the public remains uppermost in your mind. The lifeline you have provided to them is frequently referenced and we hope to find new ways to enable your work to reach the public in coming months.
We hope that you and your families stay safe and well.