Other Voices Courage Programme peaks at 2.7 million views

Other Voices Courage Programme peaks at 2.7 million views

DUBLIN, Ireland – Combined figures from the recent online series of performances in Other Voices’ Courage Programme, have skyrocketed.

Courage had an overall reach across platforms of 2.7 million, with over 1.15 million live views and 92,000 Facebook engagements.

Courage blended newly-created content and live streaming with existing archive materials, aiming for a consistent narrative and experience that offered high quality audio and visual on all platforms. The project comprised two live performances each week, on Tuesday and Thursday, streaming live online on Other Voices website, YouTube, Facebook and on RTE.ie.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Other Voices showed archived material online.

The project delivered a weekly series of episodes over a four week period which began on 23rd April. The newly-created material was filmed in a Whelan’s music venue in central Dublin, at the National Gallery of Ireland and at the National Library of Ireland in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines. Courage is also being shown on RT2 (since the 7th of May) and every Thursday at 23:30 until 7th July, and content will be available via the RT Player.

Performances have included the Grammy nominated artist Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Ye Vagabonds, Oscar nominated Lisa Hannigan, Oscar winner Glen Hansard and acclaimed artists Mango x Mathman, Sorcha Richardson, Caoimhn Raghallaigh, Denise Chaila and Colm Mac Con Iomaire.

“The resounding success of the Other Voices Courage programme shows that the appetite for culture has not waned in the face of the current COVID-19 crisis, in fact, quite the opposite. Once again, culture has shown to be a galvanising force for the people of Ireland and beyond and a vital element of our mental and physical wellbeing in such challenging times,” Josepha Madigan, the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said Saturday.

Philip King, founder of Other Voices, added: “Our partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and with Intel enabled us to think ambitiously and creatively about supporting artists and about connecting globally with audiences in these very destabilising and unsettling times. Courage underlined, yet again, the power of culture and the arts to connect people, to collapse distance, and to let us imagine and feel the world in other ways. We are indebted to the artists who performed for Courage, to the crew and production staff who worked under very challenging conditions, and to the staff in the National Gallery of Ireland, in the National Library of Ireland and in Whelan’s for facilitating us in these iconic cultural locations.”

Published at Mon, 08 Jun 2020 09:26:05 +0000