Irish Culture for Germany

Tánaiste Micheál Martin and Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media Catherine Martin launched Zeitgeist Irland 24, a season of Irish arts and culture which will take place across Germany throughout 2024.

Zeitgeist Irland 24 is a partnership between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Culture Ireland, mobilising a strategic joint investment of more than €2.5 million to deepen Ireland’s cultural engagement with Germany. The initiative will create new opportunities for artists and companies across art-forms to perform all over Germany, as well as developing their networks of contacts with German-based artists and cultural institutions. The Irish Embassy in Berlin, Consulate General in Frankfurt and Tourism Ireland are working alongside Culture Ireland to co-fund, plan and deliver the programme.

More than 110 projects involving over 400 artists and arts professionals are already confirmed for the season, taking place in over 100 cities and towns across the Federal Republic, spanning all art forms and featuring Irish artists based in both Ireland and Germany. 

In the programming of Zeitgeist Irland 24, strategic priority has been placed on cultural network building, resulting in key presentations with German institutions such as Staatstheater Mainz, International Stuttgart Animation Festival, Transmediale festival, CTM festival, Hebbel-am-Ufer and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. 

Season highlights include Wallis Bird, Dead Centre, Pan Pan, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Other Voices, Opera Collective Ireland, Oona Doherty, Emma Martin/United Fall, Jessica Traynor, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Sarah Pierce and Diatribe Records.

Zeitgeist Irland 24 will commence with a gala event on 18 January 2024 in Berlin showcasing the talent, richness and diversity of contemporary Irish artists with an evening of performances across genres including Ye Vagabonds, Kate Ellis, Jennifer Walshe, Sheena McGrandles, Tara Erraught and others.