Inaugural RTÉ RADIO 1 Folk Music Awards 2018

RTÉ Radio 1 will present the inaugural RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards at Vicar Street on Thursday, October 25th 2018. The event will be broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1.

The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards will be the first dedicated folk awards held in Ireland and will celebrate Irish folk music talent on a national level, with the people who love it. The awards will offer support and recognition to Irish folk musicians and an opportunity to showcase their works, whilst celebrating the historical and cultural significance the genre holds in Ireland.

Design concept

Using the universal symbol of guitar playing, ‘the plectrum’, the shape itself has nostalgic connotations evocative of an abstract heart, metaphorically offering support and recognition to Irish folk musicians. Symbolically, the intersecting lines of the overlapping forms share a common point and remind us that folk music is a global connector.

Applying these strong emotional and aesthetic connections to the formal principles in design of rhythm, the sculptural awards are imbued with exuberant qualities which invoke movement and music, celebrating our folk heritage.