Welcome to the October edition of our Newsletter
You may have noticed our new research on the arts in Irish life here , which shows the very significant numbers of people engaging with the arts right across the country. One of the vibrant and rich ways in which people engage is through festivals, and this month, as we prepare for 2018, we renew our commitment to festivals in Ireland with the launch of our Festival Investment Scheme.
In 2017, we provided financial support for 155 festival organisations across the country, with activity in every county. And because they can take place in towns, in cities, on islands or at crossroads, they present the arts in environments that often encourage increased public engagement. Festivals are key producers and presenters of the arts and are critical to engaging large and diverse audiences, as well as providing opportunities for artists to develop, test and showcase their work.
The new scheme provides increased investment in the festival sector, supports festivals to build capacity and provides an opportunity for new festivals to emerge to ensure the lifeblood of new ideas. We’ve made a number of changes to the scheme, providing a development tool as part of the application process, changes to timeframes to aid planning, and a chain of funding supports that match the different developmental stages of a festival. Please take a look at our website for more information.
As festivals continue to grow and challenge our perceptions of how communities engage with the arts, we are delighted to launch the new scheme that provides an increased investment in and support for this important platform.