The Arts Council Announce almost €1 Million in its Festival Investment Scheme Round 1

Every year, hundreds of arts festivals in every part of the country apply to the Arts Council for assistance in organising their artistic programme. This year, the Arts Council announces €924,989 investment in Festivals taking place January to June 2022.

We received 73 applications of which we were able to fund 59 Festivals across 16 counties. The average grant has risen by 9% to €15,677 on the previous year.

Director of the Arts Council, Maureen Kennelly said:

“Festivals have endured during the pandemic in very challenging circumstances, providing a number of digital events for audiences over the last 18 months, and their tenacity and adaptability has been inspiring. As the arts landscape returns to delivering more live events, we are delighted to make an increased investment in small festivals. This will ensure the public can enjoy in-person arts activities and artists across all art forms will be supported to deliver programmes of work across the country. These festivals play a critical part in their locales.

We are also pleased to provide support to six first time applicants to the Festival Investment Scheme. These festivals reflect great vibrancy and diversity in their programmes and range from traditional arts to specialist work for young people and children.”

The six new festivals being funded for the first time are:

Dinny Delaney Uilleann Pipers, Co Galway

In memory of celebrated musician Dinny Delaney, the Ballinasloe festival celebrates the tradition and story of Ireland’s most distinctive traditional musical instrument.

Grass Hoppers Early Years Festival, Balbriggan

Grasshoppers International Early Years Festival presents high quality arts experiences for young people aged 0-6 in Balbriggan throughout the year.

Waterford International Organ Festival, Waterford

The Waterford International Organ Festival is a new annual event celebrating music featuring the organ in Waterford City. The 2022 programme will bring internationally acclaimed musicians to perform in Waterford’s Christ Church Cathedral.

Oranmore, Co Galway

Oranmore is a four day long multi-disciplinary arts festival held every May, with other smaller events held throughout the year in conjunction with complementary national events and initiatives.

Catalyst Film Festival, Limerick

Catalyst International Film Festival provides film programme that prioritises those currently under-represented on screen and behind the camera. The festival promotes gender equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of film making.

Inishbofin Arts Festival, Co Galway

The Inishbofin Community Arts Festival takes place in May. Situated on the historic island of Inishbofin, featuring an eclectic mix of music, dance, visual arts, spoken word events.

Round 1 of the Festival Investment Scheme provides supports for festivals taking place between January and June 2022. Round 2 of the Festival Investment Scheme will open for applications on 19th October 2021 (deadline 18th November 5.30pm) for festivals taking place July-December 2022.

A full list of successful applicants can be found here.

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