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Arts Funding

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 27 May 2020

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Ceisteanna (1106)

Cathal Crowe

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1106. Deputy Cathal Crowe asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding committed to festivals due to take place in County Clare in 2020, in tabular form; if the funding commitments will be honoured in view of the outlays incurred by festival committees; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8146/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

There were no applications from Co Clare to my Department's 2020 Small Local Festivals and Summer Schools Scheme.

The Arts Council fund a number of festivals in the county of Clare under its Festival investment scheme. Further details of this scheme and others can be accessed on the Arts Council website at the following link http://www.artscouncil.ie/Arts-in-Ireland/Festivals/

All funding decisions can be viewed on its website at the following link http://www.artscouncil.ie/funding-decisions/. Funding decisions are routinely published in its annual reports and financial statements that are also available on its website. The Arts Council’s annual reports and accounts are routinely laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Below is the list of festivals that the Arts Council funded in County Clare in 2019 under their programme Festival investment scheme.

- Feakle International Traditional Music Festival- €3,000

- Consairtín=- Consairtín 2019, the national concertina convention. €5,000

- Ennis Book Club Festival €25,500

- Iniscealtra Arts Festival / Iniscealtra Festival of the Arts €9,500

- Killaloe Chamber Music Festival €16,000

- Oidhreacht an Chlair 7th Annual Concertina Cruinniú €3,467

- Sixmilebridge Folk Club / The Shannonside Winter Music Festival €5,000

Under the Festival investment scheme, the Arts Council provides financial support to a number of single art form festivals (e.g. theatre, dance, film) and such festivals are supported within the policy context of those art forms. We also support many multidisciplinary arts festivals, meaning those festivals that programme across different art forms, including literature, music, street arts, theatre, visual arts and different areas of arts practice.

It is important to note that under the Arts Act that the Council is statutorily independent in its funding decisions, therefore neither the Minister nor her officials have any input into this funding.

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