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Welcome to the April edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Information Clinics on the Arts Council’s film awards 2019
Culture Ireland and the Arts Council announce Open Call for Expressions of Interest for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition Venice, La Biennale di Venezia, 2020.
Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings returns home from the Venice Biennale to tour Ireland
Grants and Awards
New Closing Date for the Festival Investment Scheme 2020 Round 1
Commissions Award next closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday 2 May 2019
Deadline: Bursary Awards Thursday, 13 June, 2019
Next Generation Artists’ Award
Reel Art next closing date – 17:30 Thursday 9th May 2019
New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced
News from the community
Job Vacancy, Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre Public Engagement Assistant
Vacancies,Fidget Feet: Bingo Wings Project
Irish Writers Centre Updates
This Week Fishamble Announces the Chosen Play For Ireland
FRESH STREET#3 | International Seminar for the Development of Street Arts in Galway from 22 – 24th May 2019
Creative Europe Desk
Pilot Mobility Scheme for Artists and Culture Professionals from April 2019!
Creative Europe Desk Ireland at the 2019 Library Association of Ireland Conference
Creative Europe supported Big Bang Festival taking place in Dublin 5 – 7 April
Creative Europe funded projects
Memory of Water (Ormston House)
PUSH+ (The Ark)
Make a Move (Galway Theatre Festival)
A Woman’s Work (Gallery of Photography)
New Closing Date for the Festival Investment Scheme 2020 Round 1

The Arts Council announces Round 1 of the Festival Investment Scheme 2020 for festivals that commence and take place between January-June 2020.


The purpose of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) is to provide festivals with the appropriate supports to deliver quality arts experiences for audiences, to contribute to the development of artform practices, to creatively and imaginatively engage audiences, and to increase opportunities for public engagement.


The closing date for applications is: Thursday 9th May 2019 at 5.30pm


Application forms will be available through online services from Tuesday 9th April 2019.


Festivals Information Clinics

Festival Clinics will provide information on various schemes open to festivals and ways to engage with the Arts Council’s Collection. Guest speakers from resource organisations whose work supports festivals will also feature.


Clinics will take place from 1 – 4 pm in the following locations:

  • 11th April                             Civic Theatre, Belgard Square East, Tallaght, Dublin 24
  • 13th April                             Dance Limerick, 1-2 John’s Square, Limerick
  • 26th April                             Everyman, 15 MacCurtain Street, Cork

Further information and a link to booking tickets will be published on the Arts Council’s festival page

Presentations will be followed by a short question and answers session.

Clinics are free and offered on a first-come first-served basis. Booking is required.



Please Note:

Applicants whose festivals start in June 2020 but conclude in July of 2020 should apply to this round.

Those applicants who are reapplying to the scheme and considering transferring application bands should speak with their FIS assessment team before applying.

Those organisations that run monthly or quarterly programmes or ‘linked events’ are advised to speak with the festivals team before making an application to this scheme.

Please note those in receipt of venues, partnership or Strategic Funding may not apply to the Festival Investment Scheme.