The 2010 Galway Arts Festival is on target to repeat the success of last year's event and contribute €19 million to the local economy, the Arts Council said as the festival closed on Sunday evening.
Arts Council Chairman Pat Moylan said the Galway Arts Festival represented an excellent example of the important financial contribution the arts make to Ireland’s economy. The Arts Council provides funding of €500,000 for the event and more than €2.5 million to the arts in Galway each year.
"The Galway Arts Festival is the defining event in Galway’s cultural calendar with the 2010 festival offering the most exciting, most imaginative explosion of arts yet," Ms Moylan said.
"The Arts Council is delighted to be associated with such a notable event which is of great importance in terms of economic investment and job creation. We are glad to be able to financially support the event and the broader arts initiatives taking place in Galway every year," she added.
"The importance of the arts to economic, social and cultural life in the west and to all of Ireland is immeasurable," Ms Moylan said.
The Galway Arts Festival, which ran from 12 July until 25 July, has become a vital showcase for Irish and international arts over its 32 year history, and is now firmly established as one of the country's leading arts festivals. Over 150,000 people attend the Festival annually with hundreds of writers, artists, performers and musicians creating theatre, spectacle, street art, music, comedy, literature and music to produce a stunning fortnight of cultural activity and celebration.
The latest Galway Arts Festival has been another success, with organisers estimating from tickets sales and attendance at events throughout the city that its economic impact would match the €19 million measured by studies of the 2009 event.