12 May 2008: €500,000 infusion for 99 small festivals across Ireland

The Arts Council has announced details of successful recipients under round two of the Small Festivals Scheme for 2008. 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 €500,000 has been awarded to 99 festivals and events throughout the country from 180 applications received.   The total value of the funding sought by the 180 applicants was €2,114,659.

Of the 180 funded, 24 are first time applicants to the scheme. The Small Festivals Scheme is aimed, in the main, at locally-based events and festivals seeking Arts Council funding. 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 €5,051.

Speaking today, Úna McCarthy, Head of Festivals at the Arts Council, said: "We are delighted to see the continued success and development of this scheme and we are very excited at the number of successful first time applications this year. There are many niche projects supported through this scheme from the Cobh Carillon recitals to the long running and popular Ballyshannon folk festival".

Most artforms were represented in the scheme and there was a high level of interest from multi-disciplinary festivals and music as well as an increased number of applicants from the traditional arts.

To view the festivals in receipt of funding - please go to the decisions database on the Arts Council website: select ‘Small arts festival scheme‘ from the 'Fund' menu; select the year '2008' and click on 'Search'  

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Yelemba dance troupe from the Ivory Coast - Clonmel Junction Festival.

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