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Arts Council launches ‘Exploring Trad’ DVD

Wednesday 7th December 2005 at 1pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland launched a major new educational DVD, Exploring Trad, on Thursday 1 st December 2005 at the Linenhall Library in Belfast.


Exploring Trad offers an in-depth introduction to the traditional music, song and dance of the island of Ireland, with emphasis on Northern Ireland. With over 600 minutes of video and audio content, plus ten hours of interactive material, the DVD will make a significant contribution to the education curriculum in Northern Ireland, as an important teaching tool and as an aid to students.

The DVD is the result of a two-year Arts Council special initiative to support the growing popularity of the traditional arts. It has been produced with the help of the Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). Neil Martin, local composer, musician and broadcaster, researched the content of Exploring Trad, and has compiled archive material from sources including BBCNI, RTE, TG4, Hummingbird Productions and the Traditional Music Archive in Dublin.

Feedback on the DVD from schools and libraries in Northern Ireland has been extremely positive, and this unique resource is already receiving a high level of interest from across the UK and Ireland.

Paul Flynn, Traditional Arts Officer at the Arts Council, said, “The traditional music of Ireland is renowned throughout the world. It has survived periods of neglect or indifference and has more recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. The traditional music, song and dance found in Northern Ireland is now recognized as an integral part of the rich and diverse tapestry that makes the traditional arts of this island so appealing to wider audiences. As the Exploring Trad DVD shows, traditional music has established itself as a serious musical genre that has witnessed a growth in sophistication of practitioner and audience alike.”

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