March is the time of the year when the eyes of the world turn to Ireland as we celebrate the St. Patrick’s Festival. This year Culture Ireland will bring a festival of Irish culture – to a world audience on Youtube.
Irish Arts to Meet a Global Audience
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, today (28 February) announced that SEODA, an online festival curated by Culture Irelad, will be presented over five days from 13 March 2022. SEODA, meaning jewels in Irish, is aimed at sharing and celebrating Irish arts worldwide and includes many of Ireland’s finest artists.
SEODA will ensure that Irish artists can reach international audiences, including the diaspora, and in places where Irish artists may not be travelling to this year. The festival is available free to all globally at this unique time when Ireland’s creativity receives world attention Minister Martin said: “At this special time when Irish artists achieve world attention, I am delighted that SEODA allows free global access to some of Ireland’s finest artists. This year SEODA will build on the success of the initial SEODA festival last year and will complement the Culture Ireland programme which supports artists to travel to present their work in person.”
Last year SEODA was conceived by Culture Ireland during the pandemic and it succeeded in reaching audiences in 28 countries from the Philippines to Mexico.
Included in SEODA this year is a strong offering of Irish creative talents across art forms with the diverse programme including work by Fishamble, Druid, Irish National Opera, Saint Sister, Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill.
The global aspect will be enhanced with events from Irish Arts Center, New York and Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
All events are available free to audiences around the world through Culture Ireland’s YouTube channel. All performing artists are being paid for the online presentation of their work. Full details of the programme can be found here.