Offaly group nominated for Business to Arts Award

The superb ‘Kilcormac Canta’ has been nominated for a prestigious award in the 21st Annual Allianz Business to Arts Award

The superb ‘Kilcormac Canta’ has been nominated for a prestigious award in the 21st Annual Allianz Business to Arts Award

From the public writing thousands of poems and tiny plays, technical innovations created through merging art and science, touring theatre productions visiting GAA Clubs, to promoting Dublin as the city of creativity through our major festivals, this year’s nominees for the 21st annual Allianz Business to Arts Awards reflect an ever deepening relationship between business, the arts and all kinds of communities.

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The winners of the 2012 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be announced on September 4, 2012 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

These awards seek to recognise the importance of arts and business organisations working together on projects which not only impact and benefit Irish society as a whole but reach beyond our shores, highlighting that Ireland continues to shine as a country which embraces and continues to develop its rich cultural and innovative spirit nationally and throughout the world.

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This year’s categories reflect creative collaboration across a diverse range of businesses, local communities and public sector groups.

Offaly County Council & Vincent Kennedy have been nominated for the ‘The Kilcormac Cantata’ for the Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice

Other nominees are Finglas Addiction Support Team & Michelle Culligan, Mayo County Council for the ‘Landmark’ Public Art Programme and National Transport Authority & Theresa Nanigian for ‘Travelogue’

Offaly County Council commissioned composer Vincent Kennedy to work with the local community to compose and perform a new piece of music for and about Kilcormac.

The Council’s remit is to improve the quality of life for people of Offaly, by encouraging creativity and giving support for community arts activity.

Workshops began, stories were told and instruments explored. Musicians from the community played and sang elements of the composition, poetry by local writers was incorporated and the church choir was given a part to perform.