Fidget Feet Act. Clifden Arts Festival. Kennys Bookshop & Art Galleries, Galway 2016. (Credit: Martina Regan)
The strategic context for the Arts Council’s support of festivals and events and all other artforms and areas of arts practice is set out in Making Great Art Work: Arts Council Strategy (2016 –2025) (PDF, 3.29 MB). It describes how we will lead the development of the arts in Ireland over the next decade. Our strategy has five priority areas: the artist; public engagement; investment strategy; spatial and demographic planning; and developing capacity.
Provides financial support to a number of single artform festivals
Festivals are key producers and presenters of the arts and are critical to engaging large and diverse audiences. Often festivals are the highlights on cultural calendars in communities large and small all around Ireland. The Arts Council provides financial support to a number of single artform festivals (e.g. theatre, dance, film) and such festivals are supported within the policy context of those artforms. We also support many multidisciplinary arts festivals, meaning those festivals that programme across different artforms, including literature, music, street arts, theatre, visual arts and different areas of arts practice.
The Arts Council aims to support festivals that
- make a critical contribution to innovative arts practice and provide arts experiences for a large and diverse audience
- assist artists in developing their practice
- commit to interpreting the arts in new and challenging ways and developing audiences to engage with such work.