County Tipperary festivals receive over €15,000 in Arts Council support

FESTIVAL goers, tourists and businesses in County Tipperary will benefit this year from further support by the Arts Council to bring the best in entertainments and the arts to the streets of the county.

FESTIVAL goers, tourists and businesses in County Tipperary will benefit this year from further support by the Arts Council to bring the best in entertainments and the arts to the streets of the county.

Five festivals in County Tipperary will benefit from E15,500 in Arts Council funding, the arts agency has announced today. The Arts Council supports local festivals throughout Ireland and this particular funding was made through round two of the Festivals and Events scheme 2013.

The Festivals and Events scheme is aimed at locally-based events which might otherwise find it difficult to take place without the support.

Support is going to the Dromineer Literary Festival. This festival celebrates writers, provides opportunities for emerging writers and hosts readings, exhibitions and writing workshops for adults and teenagers.

Separately, Spleodar - Nenagh Community Arts Festival brings light, sound and excitement to the streets of Nenagh around Halloween time with drama, workshop and street entertainment for families including fireworks and a selection of children’s theatre and hands-on arts activity.

Speaking after the announcement today, Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council, said: “I am delighted that the Arts Council is able to support these very important festivals in County Tipperary. The arts play a vital role in our economy, especially in local job creation, driving economic activity for local businesses and for local tourism. When Ireland doesn’t have the weather in a summer, many good memories are created for tourists, for families and for young people through these hugely important local events.

“Despite funding for the arts being cut by 30% since 2008, we see it as vital to Counties such as Tipperary, and other areas across the country, that support for the arts is maintained within limited resources as far as is possible.

“The range and ambition of the festivals funded under the Arts Councils’ Festivals and Events Scheme demonstrates how central the arts are in all our lives and the exciting talents that are in Ireland: from an array of traditional and multi-disciplinary arts festivals around the country to niche events in film, literature and circus there is something for everyone to enjoy in the months and years ahead.”

The five organisations to receive funding from the Arts Council for the period to the end of December 2013 are: Cashel Arts Festival (E3,500), Dromineer Literary Festival (E3,500), Eigse Eatharlai (E3,000), Spleodar - Nenagh Community Arts Festival (E4,000), Tipperary Joint Library Committee (E1,500).

A total of E333,959 has been awarded to 79 festivals and events throughout the country from 182 applications received. The total value of the funding sought by the 182 applicants was E1,493,005.

The Festivals and Events 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 E4,227.