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Forme Uniche, Il Posto, Earagail Arts Festival 2018
Photo: Aisling Walsh
Company Dyptik, Carlow Arts Festival, 2018
Photo: Gorka Bravo
Museum of the Moon, Cork Midsummer Festival, 2017
Photo: Luke Jerram
Rosaleen Linehan, Woyzech in Winter, Landmark Productions & GIAF, 2017
Photo: Andrew Downes
Liv O'Donoghue, AFTER, Dublin Fringe Festival, 2018
Photo: Simon Lazewski
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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.
Arts Council Festival Information clinics will take place in 3 locations across Ireland in April 2019.
The Festivals Investment 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.
How many people are within driving distance of your venue? Who are they and are you reaching them?
I am applying to the Festivals Investment Scheme but I can’t see it in my dropdown menu
Do I need a tax clearance certificate and/ or bank account in order to apply?
Can I apply to Arts Grant Funding and also the Festival Investment Scheme?
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Festivals Policy and Strategy 2018(PDF, 0.49 MB, 5 pages)
Making Great Art Work - Arts Council Strategy (2016–2025)(PDF, 3.29MB, 48 pages)
FES Scheme Review 2017 (PDF, 2.26 MBMB, 64 pages)
Contact the members of our Festivals department
(01) 618 0260
(01) 618 0284
(01) 618 0200
Cross artform practices
The Arts Council
70 Merrion Square
Telephone+353 1 6180200
Fax+353 1 676 1302
The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.