Thrilled and honored at the announcement that Macnas will receive the Special Tribute Award at this years Irish Theatre Awards. A huge shout out to all our incredible artists, performers, volunteers and production teams who make the magic happen.
The special tribute award at this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards will go to Macnas, the Galway-based creative ensemble that makes large-scale theatrical spectacles and innovative parades.
The award recognises the contribution of the company to Irish theatre culture and practice over more than three decades. The awards will be presented at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards ceremony in April.
“The contribution made by Macnas to Irish culture over the past three decades has been immense,” said Hugh Linehan, arts and culture editor of The Irish Times. “In bringing the European tradition of street theatre to the streets of Ireland, it awoke a spirit of carnival that had long lain dormant. Macnas has been a standard-bearer for community outreach and inclusivity in the arts, and it seems particularly appropriate in the year that Galway is European Capital of Culture to acknowledge its central role in the creation of the city’s vibrant creative landscape.”
Macnas artistic director Noeline Kavanagh said of the award, “It’s like the Sam Maguire of the arts. An all-encompassing award acknowledges Macnas’s relationship with the community, and its audience and its artistic ensembles.” She was pleased “artistry and invention are recognised as an artform as well as an entertainment – [they are] both. It’s a way of life being recognised. I don’t work alone. I’m very conscious of the supportive, amazing creative ensembles of Macnas, and wider public participation and community casts – that’s who the award is for”.
Kavanagh said, “Through many peaks and troughs the company has had an evolution that has allowed it to cross many different genres, helped by different visions and ensembles”.
Deirdre Flavey, Irish Times