An Taoiseach Brian Cowen T.D. Officially Launches the new Hub for artistic and cultural creativity in Ireland. The €20million building was specifically designed to combine the elements of research, performance and teaching by leading French Architect Daniel Cordier, who was appointed following an international design competition. It accommodates two performance workshop theatres, the Tower Theatre and the Main Theatre as well as dance performance studios, recording spaces, music performance practice rooms, seminar rooms, exhibition areas and an international research centre.
Since its establishment in 1994 the Irish World Academy has seen over 1500 students graduate from its 10 postgraduate and three undergraduate programmes. The international base of the student population continues to expand. Current EU countries represented among the Academy’s student population include Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Ireland. Non EU countries represented include Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, Nigeria, South Africa, Japan and China. In excess of 40 countries have been represented in the fulltime student population since its inception.
The Academy has a vibrant artist-in-residence programme currently including Jean Butler (a graduate of the Academy’s MA Contemporary Dance Performance), East-Clare fiddler Martin Hayes; musician, composer and producer Dónal Lunny, contemporary dancer and founder of Rex Levitates Dance Company, Liz Roche and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
The Irish World Academy offers MA Programmes in Music Therapy, Irish Traditional Music Performance, Contemporary Dance Performance, Classical String Performance, Community Music, Irish Traditional Dance Performance, Ethnomusicology, Ethnochoreology, Chant Performance and Music Education. An innovative new PhD Programme in Arts Practice commenced in Sept 2009, attracting internationally renowned performers including sean-nós Singer Iarla O Lionáird and dancer Breandán de Gallaí. Undergraduate programmes include BA Irish Music and Dance; BA Voice and Dance and Certificate in Music and Dance.
For more information about the University of Limerick and the Irish World Academy please log onto their website http://www.ul.ie