The latest Kilkenny Arts Festival has contributed some €5 million to local Kilkenny commerce and is another example of the important financial contribution the arts make to Ireland’s economy, the Arts Council said today.
Pat Moylan, Chairman of the Arts Council, speaking at the 2010 event concluded. The Arts Council invested €410,000 in the festival.
Ms Moylan added: "The Kilkenny Arts Festival is the defining event in Kilkenny’s cultural calendar, and the 2010 event offered the most unique, distinctive entertaining and inspiring programme yet.
"The Arts Council is delighted to be the main funder of such a notable event. As well as its enormous artistic and social value, the festival plays a key role in generating economic investment and job creation. Our investment also pays dividends by increasing cultural tourism, and helping maintains Kilkenny's pre-eminence as a cultural destination.
"The arts are of crucial importance to social, economic and cultural life in Ireland."
The Kilkenny Arts Festival, which ran from 6 August until last night, has become a vital showcase for Irish and international arts over its 37 year history, and is now firmly established as one of Ireland’s leading arts festivals. In the last two years, the Kilkenny Arts Festival has achieved unprecedented levels of growth with ticket sales up by 44 percent on 2008 levels. Over 23,000 people attend the Festival annually which brings 10 days of the very best in Irish and international visual art, classical music, theatre and dance, jazz, world & traditional Irish music, literature, film, architecture, indie music, craft and children’s events.