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Major cash boost for Dundrum’s art festival

Friday, 28th June, 2019 7:59am
Major cash boost for Dundrum’s art festival

Minister Madigan is pictured with Dundrum Arts and Cultural Festival committee members.

Major cash boost for Dundrum’s art festival

Minister Madigan is pictured with Dundrum Arts and Cultural Festival committee members.

THE Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has announced that the Dundrum Arts and Cultural Festival will receive €5,000 in funding under the 2019 Small Scale Local Festival and Summer Schools Scheme.

The Dundrum Festival, running from Sunday, June 23 to Sunday 30, aims to bring communities together and create a greater understanding of the diversity of all groups in the area. 

The latest cash boost is part of an overall increased funding allocation of €111,000 to support Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools taking place around Ireland this year.

The scheme is designed to assist local cultural events which may not be eligible under funding criteria for larger scale events such as those supported by Fáilte Ireland, the Arts Council and similar bodies. Funding was allocated following a competitive applications process, with a maximum grant of €5,000 available.

Organisers say there was an unprecedented demand for this scheme in 2019, with 109 applications. By comparison, when the scheme was first launched in 2016, there were 20 applicants. As a result, the funding allocation was increased from €75,000 in 2018 to €111,000 this year.

This scheme was set up as part of the Government’s commitment for capital investment of almost €1.2 billion in Ireland’s culture, language and heritage

Minister Josepha Madigan said: “I am very pleased to support the Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools scheme again this year.

“Local community events connect their residents and keep old traditions alive while contributing new elements to the cultural sector. These events also help attract new visitors to towns and villages across Ireland, showing off what makes each locality unique and building a strong sense of pride for the community.

“This Government values culture and the arts – they add hugely to our lives and to our communi-ties. That’s why we have already made significant progress on our public commitment to double funding for culture, heritage and the Gaeltacht by 2025. In Budget 2019, funding for arts and cul-ture increased by €22.6m to almost €190m, an increase of 14 per cent.”

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