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Here are the list of small arts festivals awarded funds from the Festival Investment Scheme

Here are the list of small arts festivals awarded funds from the Festival Investment Scheme


The Arts Council has revealed its list of successful festivals from the first round of applications for the Council’s Festival Investment Scheme for 2021.

A total of €886,540 has been awarded to 62 festivals spread across 19 counties. 73 eligible applications were received and €1,135,503 was requested by those 73 applicants. 14 were first time applicants to the scheme and of these 7 received funding.

Arts Council Head of Festivals, Karl Wallace, said:

We are delighted to be able to increase our investment in small festivals for 2021. Festivals play a pivotal role in the dissemination of arts across the country ensuring critical opportunities for public engagement. In such challenging times, increasing our funding to the festivals sector will support them to deliver their programmes and provide opportunities to further build their capacity in 2021 and beyond.”

The stated purpose of the Investment Scheme (FIS) is to:

“…. provide festivals with the appropriate supports to deliver quality arts experiences for audiences, to contribute to the development of artform practices, to creatively and imaginatively engage audiences, and to increase opportunities for public engagement. Festivals are key producers and presenters of the arts, and are critical for engaging large and diverse audiences and broadening public access to the arts.

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Small festivals in 2020 faced a particularly challenging set of circumstances managing their festival planning and activities though changing public health measures this year; festivals responded creatively by recalibrating and repurposing their programmes to ensure that audiences could still engage in the arts in innovative and accessible ways. This was achieved through digital activities and touring and portable artworks.

Festivals have shown an imaginative commitment to both their artists and audiences during the pandemic and the increased investment for 2021 in small festivals is offered to ensure the work of festivals can continue and strengthen and further engage with the public.

Successful applicants under Festival Investment Scheme:

First Fortnight€35,000.00Arts Part
Mother Tongues€10,800.00Arts Part
Culturekids€4,500.00Circus/ Street
Wicklow Screendance Laboratory€15,000.00Dance
Alliance Francaise de Cork€14,680.00Film
East Asia Film Festival Ireland€20,000.00Film
Fastnet Short Film Festival€20,000.00Film
Alliance Francaise€5,000.00Literature
Cork World Book Festival€20,000.00Literature
Ennis Book Club Festival€33,500.00Literature
Festival Of Writing & Ideas€13,000.00Literature
Limerick Literary Festival In Honour Of Kate O’Brien€14,000.00Literature
Lismore Castle Arts€16,000.00Literature
Strokestown International Poetry Festival€20,000.00Literature
The Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering€20,000.00Literature
The Shaking Bog Nature Writing Festival€5,000.00Literature
Ballydehob Jazz Festival€12,000.00MDA
Cairde Festival Ltd€35,000.00MDA
Cavan Arts Festival€7,000.00MDA
Cos Cos Dance Group€10,500.00MDA
Drogheda Arts Festival€17,000.00MDA
Five Lamps Arts Festival€19,720.00MDA
Grey Heron Media€35,000.00MDA
Iniscealtra Arts Festival€12,000.00MDA
Live Collision Festival€35,000.00MDA
Makeshift Ensemble€11,000.00MDA
Birr Festival Of Music & Voice€7,000.00Music
Cobh Carillon Committee€5,500.00Music
Galway Early Music€15,000.00Music
Great Music in Irish Houses€35,000.00Music
Killaloe Chamber Music Festival€19,900.00Music
Now And Then Media Ltd.€5,000.00Music
Open Ear€11,500.00Music
Ortus Festival€16,959.00Music
Passio Festival St Canice’s Cathedral€4,000.00Music
University Concert Hall Limerick€9,040.00Music
West Wicklow Festival€20,000.00Music
Westport Folk And Bluegrass Festival€3,500.00Music
Galway Theatre Festival€35,000.00Theatre
International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival€7,500.00Theatre
Baltimore Fiddle Fair35,000.00Trad arts
Cairde na Cruite15,000.00Trad arts
Carrickmacross Comhaltas3,045.00Trad arts
Consairtín6,000.00Trad arts
Feile Chois Cuain7,000.00Trad arts
Féile Na Tána€6,000.00Trad arts
Féile Nasc7,000.00Trad arts
Inishowen Traditional Music Project10,000.00Trad arts
Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle15,426.00Trad arts
Moth And Butterfly4,000.00Trad arts
Nyah Festival10,000.00Trad arts
Oidhreacht an Chlair6,000.00Trad arts
Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh20,000.00Trad arts
Sean-Nos Cois Life7,000.00Trad arts
The Leitrim Dance Project7,500.00Trad arts
Tionól Niocláis Tóibín7,000.00Trad arts
Tullamore Tradfest€3,000.00Trad arts
Acting Up!€2,600.00YPCE
Art Life Culture€20,000.00YPCE
First Cut Youth Film Project€20,000.00YPCE

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