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Ondadurto Teatro at Carlow Arts Festival, 2017
Photo: Tom Swift
Kindur: The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep, Earagail Arts Festival & Clonmel Junction Festival, 2017
Photo: Image provided with permission of EAF
Museum of the Moon, Cork Midsummer Festival, 2017
Photo: Luke Jerram
Rosaleen Linehan, Woyzech in Winter, Landmark Productions & GIAF, 2017
Photo: Andrew Downes
NEON Western, Conflicted Theatre and Peter Power, Dublin Fringe Festival & Cork Midsummer Festival, 2017
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.
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.
Information clinic on the Festivals Investment Scheme
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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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
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.