The Grand Stretch | Coiscéim Coiligh is a season of ambitious and diverse arts events and presentations that will take place across the country between June 11th and 20th.

Funded by the Arts Council, the programme is being developed by Schweppe Curtis Nunn from an open call for applications for arts-led projects which is now open, with a deadline for submissions on February 8th.

A fund of €1 million is available to the successful applicants to present their projects.

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The project came about as a recommendation from the Survive Adapt Renew report commissioned by the Arts Council and published in June 2020, which proposed an undertaking entitled Wintering Out, aimed at enabling artists and arts organisations to present work to the public which had been cancelled due to COVID-19, providing them with an artistic outlet and an income and the public with valuable arts experiences.

The Grand Stretch | Coiscéim Coiligh programme is designed to re-invigorate everyone as Ireland emerges from the impact of the pandemic. Artists, producers, technicians, audiences and communities will come together for a programme that promises diversity in form, perspective and location and have performances, presentations and happenings for the public to experience and enjoy.

Right now, the organisers are looking for ideas that will reconnect Ireland with the spirit of optimism and ambition to make better things happen. Said Naoise Nunn, one of the producers: "We want to show that the arts can lead the way with confidence as we emerge from the clouds of this pandemic and find our way back to experiencing the arts and culture together, as we were meant to do."

Artists and arts organisations can apply for The Grand Stretch through the open call process until February 8th here - the season programme will be available to the general public from the spring.