Feature Article
Welcome to the October edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Artist in the Community Scheme - Second Round 2017: Successful Applicants
Dairena Ní Chinnéide announced as DCU Irish-Language Writer-in-Residence 2017-18
Colin Dunne appointed Traditional Artist in Residence 2017-18 at University College Cork
Arts Council announces appointment of new Strategic Development Director
Arts Council to commission review of venues network
Grants and Awards
Arts Council Artists in Community scheme - Bursary Award 2017: Collaborative Art and Activism
Touring and Dissemination of Work July and December 2018 / Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Advance Planning 2019
News from the community
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Public Art Programme: call for proposals for Traditional Music Public Art Commission
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.


Yours sincerely,


Orlaith McBride