Mary Hanafin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport launches ‘Catch up on Culture Week’ in Number Twenty Nine (Catch up on Culture Week)

Posted: Thursday, 13 May 2010

‘Catch up on Culture Week 2010: 15-22 May' is an initiative of the Irish Museums Association in association with Temple Bar Cultural Trust to attract new visitors to our superb cultural heritage sites. Held between 15 and 22 May, ‘Catch up on Culture Week' will gain new audiences, provide free and enjoyable experiences, and encourage our visitors to use our museums and cultural organisations more frequently.

Mary Hanafin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport said: "Museums, galleries and historic houses form an integral part of Irish life. In its second year, ‘Catch up on Culture Week' provides a wonderful opportunity for these cultural organisations to collectively promote themselves and their events and to encourage more visitors to experience the wealth of our collections and exhibits. Initiatives such as ‘Catch up on Culture Week', promoted by the Irish Museums Association in association with Temple Bar Cultural Trust, seek to further enhance and develop our cultural tourism product".

Paul Doyle, Chairman of the Irish Museums Association said: "The Irish Museums Association along with Temple Bar Cultural Trust is pleased to promote ‘Catch up on Culture Week', which is supported by over forty four organisations. It gives these organisations the opportunity to promote their events and venues in a cohesive manner". He added "I hope that this second year of Catch up on Culture Week will expand and grow over the coming years".

Padraig McManus, ESB Chief Executive, hosting the ‘Catch up on Culture Week' launch at ESB's Number Twenty Nine said that culture and the arts are only worthy when they are accessible to everybody. "We at ESB, through our sponsorships endeavour to make this possible by supporting initiatives like this. We are pleased to be part of Catch up on Culture Week 2010 and we hope everybody has access to and enjoys the week's activities and workshops".

The Irish Museums Association in association with Temple Bar Cultural Trust is promoting the week in conjunction with participating cultural sites, all listed on the IMA website. Arts centres, museums, historic houses, galleries, folk parks, libraries etc., will be pro-active in organising and advertising events this week to attract the local community. From Saturday 15 to Saturday 22 May (including European Museums at Night 15 May and International Museums Day on 18 May) a wide variety of displays and events will be held throughout the country at museums, folk parks, historic houses, galleries, arts centres etc - to attract the public. A full listing of over ninety events can be found by clicking here.