Programming Policy

Siamsa Tire has three principal programme areas. These are: Theatre Programming, The National Folk Theatre, and Visual Arts.

Theatre Programme

Siamsa Tíre aims to support professional artists and to offer opportunities for members of the public, both local and visiting, to engage with and participate in the arts across a wide variety of artforms all year round.

The theatre receives and hosts productions and workshops in Drama, Dance, Music, Opera, Comedy, Traditional Arts and Literature.  The Theatre programmes six to 12 months in advance on a variety of terms – Box Office Split, Guarantee, Guarantee / Split and Theatre Rental. Contact [email protected] for further information.

The National Folk Theatre

As part of its annual schedule, the National Folk Theatre delivers inhouse performances and cultural experiences.  From May – September, the visual arts spaces reflect the history and work of the National Folk Theatre during the festival period and you can enjoy personal guided tours and workshops with members of the cast all year round.

The National Folk Theatre produces work which nurtures and explores Folk and the Traditional Arts. Productions are produced by the resident professional company for inclusion in the Repertoire or for National and International touring.

The company does not accept submissions for programming but welcomes approaches from professional practitioners seeking to collaborate. All enquiries regarding working with the National Folk Theatre should be addressed to the Artistic Director of the NFT, Jonathan Kelliher. You can contact Jonathan by email: [email protected]

Visual Arts

The Gallery has a particular interest in the resonance between folk culture and contemporary visual culture as well as supporting local artists. The supports include material grants, residencies, part-time employment and fees. For full information on our Visual Arts programming and how to apply to exhibit at Siamsa Tíre, please check out our Exhibitions pages.

We work with our incoming artists to provide school tours and workshops to help our local student community address the arts curriculum.