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Festival Parade, Féile na Bealtaine, 2014
Photo: Fiona Morgan
Children's day arts installation. Féile na Bealtaine, 2014
Inferno, Passe Partout Circus Company, Cork Midsummer Festival, 2014
Photo: Provision Photography
Bláth / The Flower, Branar, GIAF 2014
Photo: Boyd Challenger
Main Art Exhibition, RHA. Boyle Arts Festival, 2014
Photo: Sean O'Dowd
Festivals are key producers and presenters of the arts and are critical to engaging large and diverse audiences.
The Arts Council offers a wide range of financial supports across artforms and arts practices, including festivals.
The Festivals and Events Scheme is specifically designed to offer support to local/voluntary organisations to develop arts festivals.
Links to multi-disciplinary arts festivals funded by the Arts Council.
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Developing the Arts: Arts Council Strategic Statement (PDF, 0.44 MB, 14 pages)
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(01) 619 7803
(01) 618 0260
(01) 618 0284
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Telephone+353 1 6180200
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The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.