W.B. Yeats 2015 Website Development Call – “The Wild Atlantic Poet”

The Western Development Commission (WDC) has issued a ‘Request for Quotation’ for the development of a website specifically focused on the year-long Yeats 2015 celebration. The tender call opened on the 30th of July and will close on the 22nd of August, after which time, selected proposers will be invited for interview.

The WDC, which is the regional authority responsible for the promotion of economic and social development of the Western Region, has been central in engaging with and developing unique, creative sector-focused initiatives. These projects and supports include the ‘Creative Edge’ export platform and the Micro-Loan fund for creative SMEs in the Western region.

Yeats 2015 is a key element of the WDC’s development plan, as a year-long celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the internationally renowned literary figure’s birth. It is estimated that the Yeats 2015 programme, which will encompass a significant range of artistic and cultural events, will draw up to 85,000 additional visitors to Ireland.

Speaking about the upcoming celebration earlier today, the WDC’s Acting CEO and Head of Regional Development, Ian Brannigan stated: “Yeats 2015 will form part of the national decade of commemoration and will draw visitors from international locations as diverse as Japan, America and the UK. Yeats has connections all around the world – from societies to festivals – and of course, his strong academic following. Yeats 2015 will be a year which showcases Ireland, through the prism of Yeats and his legacy. Additionally it is intended to drive international interest in initiatives such as the Wild Atlantic Way through connecting them with W.B. Yeats who may justifiably be called the Wild Atlantic Poet.”

The Yeats 2015 website has been highlighted as a central requirement for successful promotion of the Yeats 2015 programme and will provide an interactive portal for the celebrations’ events, relevant contacts for visitors and a wealth of other information. “We’re actively seeking tenders from qualified proposers, skilled in content creation and creativity in online development. All details can be found on the E-tenders portal”.

For those interested in obtaining more information regarding the Yeats 2015 website tender call, it may be viewed online at http://www.etenders.gov.ie/. Further information in relation to the WDC and Yeats 2015 is available via www.wdc.ie and www.lookwest.ie.

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Notes to Editor:

The Yeats 2015 initiative was formally announced by the former Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan T.D., at the ‘Yeats Day’ Launch on June 13th 2014.

Yeats 2015 will be a year-long national and international celebration of the life and works of the Nobel Prize winning poet William Butler Yeats. It will mark 150 years since his birth on June 13th 1865.

The Vision of Yeats 2015 is that “Yeats 2015 will celebrate and commemorate the life, work, influence and achievements of W.B. Yeats. Through an engaging, celebratory and cultural programme, it will showcase Ireland as a dynamic, inspiring and creative place”.

The year-long celebrations will be rooted in Sligo – Yeats’ ‘spiritual home’ – and connect with every county across Ireland. The celebrations will draw people to Ireland to begin to understand what inspired him and to share that experience. It is intended that institutions and organisations from around Ireland and the world will partner with Yeats 2015 and offer a diverse and rewarding series of events to acknowledge and celebrate the range and depth of his work and that of his family.

Yeats 2015 partners will span the literary, cultural, creative, historical and academic worlds. Through Yeats 2015, Ireland will make a bold statement to the world about our rich cultural heritage and showcase our contemporary cultural wealth.

Contact Details:

Ian Brannigan, Head of Regional Development and CEO(a) WDC: ianbrannigan@wdc.ie

Mary Keaveney, WDC: marykeaveney@wdc.ie – 094 9861441

Karan Thompson, Yeats 2015: karan@ktcl.ie – 086 2550291