NEW YORK, NY (AP).-
The Irish government has announced it will present 400 Irish arts events all across the United States this year.
Actor and Irish cultural ambassador Gabriel Byrne will formally announce details and dates of the project at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
A spokesman says the events will cover every art form: theater, dance, literature, music, film and visual arts. More than 2,000 artists will participate in the yearlong 40-state "Imagine Ireland" project.
Highlights include a tour by the Abbey, Gate and Druid theaters, a five-month exhibition at the New York Public Library, a Lincoln Center presentation, a film series at the Museum of Modern Art
in New York and events with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The Irish government is investing $5.3 million in the program.
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