€887k Awarded to Music and Arts Festivals

The Consairtín traditional concertina festival in County Clare.

€887k Awarded to Music and Arts Festivals

Open Ear, Ortús Festival, Consairtín, Féile Nasc, Westport Folk And Bluegrass Festival, Féile na Tána and Tionól Niocláis Tóibín among recipients.

The Arts Council has announced €886,540 in funding for 62 festivals as part of its Festival Investment Scheme for 2021.

Among the recipients are seventeen traditional arts festivals including Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh and Tionól Niocláis Tóibín; and twelve music festivals including Great Music in Irish Houses, Killaloe Chamber Music Festival and Open Ear festival.

Awards were also made to a range of theatre, multi-disciplinary, literary, film and dance events. Grants range from €2,600 to €35,000.

Commenting on the awards, Arts Council Director Maureen Kennelly 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.

See the full list of recipients for below. The deadline for round 2 of the Festival Investment Scheme is 12 November. For more, visit www.artscouncil.ie/funding.


Festival Investment Scheme (Round 1), November 2020

Birr Festival Of Music & Voice   €7,000
Cobh Carillon Committee  €5,500
Galway Early Music Festival  €15,000
Great Music in Irish Houses   €35,000
Killaloe Chamber Music Festival   €19,900
Now And Then Media Ltd  €5,000
Open Ear  €11,500
Ortús Festival  €16,959
Passio Festival, St Canice’s Cathedral  €4,000
University Concert Hall, Limerick  €9,040
West Wicklow Festival   €20,000
Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival  €3,500

Traditional Arts
Baltimore Fiddle Fair  €35,000
Cairde na Cruite  €15,000
Carrickmacross Comhaltas  €3,045
Consairtín  €6,000
Feile Chois Cuain  €7,000
Féile na Tána  €6,000
Féile Nasc  €7,000
Inishowen Traditional Music Project  €10,000
Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle  €15,426
Moth And Butterfly  €4,000
Nyah Festival  €10,000
Oidhreacht an Chláir  €6,000
Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh  €20,000
Sean-Nós Cois Life  €7,000
The Leitrim Dance Project  €7,500
Tionól Niocláis Tóibín  €7,000
Tullamore Tradfest  €3,000

Arts Participation
First Fortnight   €35,000
Mother Tongues  €10,800

Circus/Street Arts
Culturekids  €4,500

Dance2connect  €13,370
Wicklow Screendance Laboratory  €15,000

Alliance Francaise de Cork  €14,680
East Asia Film Festival Ireland  €20,000
Fastnet Short Film Festival  €20,000

Alliance Francaise  €5,000
Cork World Book Festival  €20,000
Ennis Book Club Festival  €33,500
Festival Of Writing & Ideas  €13,000
Limerick Literary Festival In Honour Of Kate O’Brien  €14,000
Lismore Castle Arts  €16,000
Strokestown International Poetry Festival  €20,000
The Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering  €20,000
The Shaking Bog Nature Writing Festival  €5,000

Ballydehob Jazz Festival  €12,000
Cairde Festival  €35,000
Cavan Arts Festival  €7,000
Cos Cos Dance Group  €10,500
Drogheda Arts Festival  €17,000
Five Lamps Arts Festival  €19,720
Grey Heron Media  €35,000
Iniscealtra Arts Festival  €12,000
K-fest  €6,000
Live Collision Festival  €35,000
Makeshift Ensemble  €11,000

Galway Theatre Festival  €35,000
International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival  €7,500

Young People, Children and Education
Acting Up!  €2,600
Art Life Culture  €20,000
First Cut Youth Film Project  €20,000

Published on 3 November 2020


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