Platform Ireland is a new multi-media web site that showcases leading Irish arts and cultural content to audiences worldwide. It launched its trial site this month.
Featuring arts content across visual, performance, literature and traditional sectors, Platform Ireland strives to act as a one-stop shop for the Irish arts sector. Its goals include promoting and marketing Irish arts abroad while also acting as an arts archive and providing an online forum for critical debate with the latest news and reviews for both audiences and those involved in the arts.
The Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism are partnering Platform Ireland for the duration of the trial, while over forty organisations are involved in providing content for the Platform Ireland trial including amongst others, Druid Theatre, Opera Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Currently, users who register can log in and watch Madama Butterfly – a live recording of the Opening Night of the Opera Ireland season at The Gaiety Theatre on their computer or mobile phone. Other featured videos include "The Adventures of Flannery", a documentary about Cathal Coughlan (Bandit Films), an Interview with David Bolger, artistic director CoisCéim, and a performance by the The Irish Chamber Orchestra.