Festivals and events have been identified as being an important component of the Irish tourism product offering. Festivals provide opportunities to showcase culture, people and places, thereby greatly improving the visitor experience of Ireland. They also help improve the distribution of tourism revenue around the country. Consequently, Fáilte Ireland provides considerable support to festivals, investing nearly €3.5m in 214 festivals and events in 2015.
About the 2016 Programme
Recent performance of overseas markets has been encouraging. As we look towards the future it's important that we build on recent momentum to drive growth internationally. A key objective is to build sustainable international sales, driving accelerated growth from key overseas markets. A new approach to identifying and defining best prospects for growth has been put in place, focusing on:
Consumer segmentation (culturally curious, social energisers, great escapers);
Focus on visitor experiences (vibe of the city, living historical stories, connecting with people of Ireland, awakening the senses, getting active in nature);
Clearly defined programme areas (Dublin, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's Ancient East).
Regional Festivals and Participative Events Programme 2016
The regional programme is aimed at supporting events which drive domestic tourism and help to improve the visitor experience by animating key destinations in Ireland. Grants are available towards the cost of marketing the event beyond the local area, and in certain cases towards programming and production costs.
Minimum eligibility thresholds
Festivals must generate a minimum of 600 bednights.
Participative events must generate a minimum of 1,000 bednights.
The festival/event must have a minimum expenditure of €10,000.
Only eligible applications will be considered for funding. The Regional Festivals and Participative Events Programme is a competitive grant process. There is no guarantee of funding for events which achieve the minimum eligibility conditions.
It is expected that the application process will open in early December 2015 and remain open until mid-January 2016.
The programme guidelines and application form will be available to download from this website.