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    €1.6m for Major Festivals in 2017

    €1.6m for Major Festivals in 2017

    We will be making over €1.6m in funding available to 16 key national festivals and events, as part of the first phase of its 2017 National Festivals and Events Programme. A further phase of national festivals funding will be announced by the tourism body in early 2017 dealing largely with festivals taking place in the latter part of the year. Each of the events funded have demonstrated significant international appeal and will take place during 2017. 

    Announcing the funding, Caeman Wall, our Head of Research and Evaluation, emphasised the importance of festivals for Ireland and the tourism sector:

    “Large festivals drive tourism activity and are vital to sustaining tourism growth by providing enough compelling reasons for overseas visitors to choose Ireland. Festivals play an important role in guaranteeing that we have a full menu of things for tourists to see and do and provide the backbone to the tourism calendar. Significantly, they also help to bring to life our key brands – Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and Dublin, A Breath of fresh Air.”

    The 16 approved festivals being funded by under the first phase of Fáilte Ireland’s 2017 National Programme for Festivals and Events includes:

    • St Patricks Festival Dublin  -  €1,000,000
    • Tradfest Dublin  -  €60,000
    • Dublin International Film Festival  -  €10,000
    • Dublin Dance Festival  -  €10,000
    • Cork Intl Choral Festival  -  €60,000
    • Tattersalls Horse Trials & Country Fair  -  €12,500
    • Galway International Arts Festival  -  €275,000
    • Donegal Rally  -  €15,000
    • Listowel Writers Week  -  €25,000
    • Sea Sessions  -  €20,000
    • Earagail Arts Festival  -  €45,000
    • West Cork Music & Literary Festival -  €60,000
    • Rory Gallagher Festival  -  €40,000
    • Cúirt  -  €12,000
    • Quest Adventure Races -  €15,000
    • Ireland Bike Fest Killarney  -  €15,000

    As well as attracting visitors, festivals are important in terms of generating employment and community engagement. The objective of Fáilte Ireland’s 2017 National Festivals Programme is to drive growth from key overseas markets through compelling experiences that are attractive to our target audiences and to generate additional overseas visitors across the country and across the calendar year.

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