Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) and additional members of the Irish government, including the Irish Ambassador to the United States and the Irish Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht welcome the successful return of IrelandWeek and IRELANDCON to Los Angeles. IrelandWeek (10/25 -11/3) is supported by the Irish Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the State Agency network. Through a myriad of events covering live music, theatre, visual art, film, TV, sports, tech, trade and animation, IrelandWeek’s focus is to bring Ireland to the world, and the world back to Ireland.
Welcoming the return of IrelandWeek, Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar said, “Ireland and LA share a global outlook and a historic relationship, which today is infused with a new energy, inspired by a new generation of innovators, entrepreneurs and artists, working together in so many different areas. This week, Los Angeles will experience some of the best of Irish art and culture, including music, poetry and film from some of our finest contemporary artists and performers. I commend the organizers for putting together another excellent IrelandWeek and I know that those participating in this year’s program will experience an Ireland of today which is a place of ambition, where ideas and imagination flourish, a willing and able business partner and a global island at the center of the world.”
The Irish Ambassador to the United States, Dan Mulhall said, “I really enjoyed being involved in last year’s inaugural Ireland Week, with its varied, impressive program. I look forward to more of the same this year and I wish to thank all of the organizers for their huge effort in showcasing Ireland in LA.”
The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in Ireland, Josepha Madigan, said, “The importance of arts, culture and filmmaking to the social and economic wellbeing of Ireland cannot be overstated. The Irish Government is very proud of the achievements of [Irish actors, directors and behind the camera professionals] and grateful to them for promoting Ireland, our country which is small in area but big on ambition.”
In October, the Irish Government announced the extension of the Irish tax incentive for the film, television and animation industries. This extension further enhances Ireland’s position as a prime filming location. In announcing the extension to the relief, the Government also announced an exciting new enhancement of additional tax relief of up to 5% for productions, which locate in Ireland’s regions.
The Irish influence in Hollywood is undisputed, with Irish film professionals gracing the nomination lists annually. Just this year, Nora Twomey’s animated feature, The Breadwinner, lead nominations for Irish talent at the 2018 Academy Awards alongside Saoirse Ronan, Consolata Boyle, Martin McDonagh and Daniel Day-Lewis.