16 December 2011: Sixty-six small festivals across Ireland receive Arts Council 2012 support

Sixty-six small festivals and events from Dingle to Drogheda, from Kanturk to Westport have been awarded funding from the Arts Council under round one of its Small Festivals Scheme for 2012. This specific funding programme is aimed at small, locally-based events and festivals that have requested funding from the Council of up to €20,000. A total of €401,650 has been awarded to 66 festivals and events throughout the country from 122 applications received. The total value of the funding sought by the 122 applicants was just under €1.5 million.

The awards offered may be used for one-off events or for a programme of festival activities. The average grant awarded to successful applicants in this round was €6,086.

Some festivals receiving support (for the first time) include Lismore Music Festival, UCD Imagine Science Film Festival and the Ballincollig Winter Music Festival.

Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council, said: "It is particularly impressive to see a number of new festivals being funded through the scheme despite reducing resources.  The Arts Council truly recognises the important contribution these festivals and events make to the social and cultural aspects of their communities."

The Arts Council has offered the following organisations Small Festival funding for 2012: 

  • Alliance Francaise €5,000;
  • Askeaton Civic Trust €9,500;
  • Away with Words/ Brothers of Charity Services Galway €3,000;
  • Ballydehob Jazz Festival €4,500;
  • Ballymun Festival Steering Committee €6,000;
  • Barrow River Arts Festival €8,000;
  • Bollywood Ireland Ltd €2,500;
  • Cáca Milis Cabaret €3,000;
  • Cairde na Cruite €14,000;
  • Carrickmacross Comhaltas €2,500;
  • Classicallinks €5,000;
  • Clifden Arts Society €6,400;
  • Coiste Cruinniu na BhFliuit €3,500;
  • Coole Music and Arts €4,000;
  • Cork World Book Festival €5,000;
  • Da Capo Concert Series  €4,500;
  • Dingle Film Festival €8,500;
  • Doran Tionol Committee €3,000;
  • Drogheda Arts Festival €16,000;
  • Dún Laoghaire Organ Festival €4,000;
  • Ennis Book Club Festival €8,500;
  • Ensemble Avalon €5,000;
  • Ergodos €5,500;
  • Féile Átha Dá Chab €3,000;
  • Feile Chois Cuain €3,000;
  • Féile Chomórtha Joe Éinniu €3,000;
  • Féile na Gréine €5,000;
  • Gaeilge Locha Riach €3,500;
  • Galway Early Music €11,000;
  • Gathering Festival (The) Ltd €2,500;
  • Gospel Rising Festival Society €4,000;
  • Hilltown Studio Theatre €12,000;
  • Immrama Festival €5,000;
  • Iniscealtra Arts Festival €9,000;
  • Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle €4,000;
  • Irish Composers’ Collective €4,500;
  • John McKenna Traditional Society Ltd €3,000;
  • Kanturk Arts Festival €4,000;
  • Kate O’Brien Weekend €2,000;
  • Kill Community Centre €3,000;
  • La Catedral Studios €5,000;
  • Leitir Móir Trad Fest €2,450;
  • Limerick Jazz Festival €12,000;
  • Lismore Music  Festival €13,000;
  • Music for Wexford €10,000;
  • Music in Kilkenny €17,000;
  • Nyah Festival €8,000;
  • Ó Bhéal €3,500;
  • Orchestra of St Cecilia €7,000;
  • Over the Edge €4,000;
  • PhotoIreland Festival €10,000;
  • RUA RED €6,000;
  • Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh €12,000;
  • Skerries Traditional Music Weekend €4,000;
  • Strokestown International Poetry Festival €10,000;
  • Symphony Club of Waterford €9,000;
  • Templebartraders €5,000;
  • Terryglass Arts Festival €10,000;
  • The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival Committee €3,000;
  • The Guitar Festival of Ireland €10,000;
  • Transversaldublin €3,000;
  • UCD Imagine Science Film Festival €6,000;
  • Western Writers’ Centre €3,000;
  • Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival €2,800;
  • White House Poets €3,500;
  • Wicklow Arts Festival €4,000.

Round two of the Arts Council’s Small Festivals Scheme is available to festivals taking place between 1 July-31 December 2012. Closing date for receipt of applications for round two is Friday 10 February 2012.

Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.
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Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.

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