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Fidget Feet perform at Carlow Arts Festival, 2016
Photo: Glen Lucas
In The Shadows of Steam, Earagail Arts Festival, 2016
Photo: Eugene McGinty
Inferno, Passe Partout Circus Company, Cork Midsummer Festival, 2014
Photo: Provision Photography
Charlie Murphy and Hugh O'Connor in Arlington [a love story], Landmark Productions & GIAF, 2016.
Photo: Andrew Downes
Moving Mountains, Wishing Wells, Bridget Cleary we won't tell... Yvonne McGuinness. St Patrick's Well, Clonmel, 2016
Photo: Helio Leon
Riot, Thisispopbaby, Tiger Dublin Fringe, 2016
Photo: Conor Horgan
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.
I am applying to the Festivals and Events Scheme but I can’t see it in my dropdown menu
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Making Great Art Work - Arts Council Strategy (2016–2025)(PDF, 3.29MB, 48 pages)
Contact the members of our Festivals and events department
(01) 618 0260
(01) 618 0284
(01) 618 0200
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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.