Kilkenny festival to benefit from Arts Council support

FESTIVAL tourists and businesses in Co Kilkenny will benefit this year from further support by the Arts Council to bring the best in entertainments and the arts to the streets of the County.

FESTIVAL tourists and businesses in Co Kilkenny will benefit this year from further support by the Arts Council to bring the best in entertainments and the arts to the streets of the County.

The Historical Harp Society of Ireland in County Kilkenny will benefit from €3,000 in Arts Council funding, the arts agency has announced today. The Arts Council supports local festivals throughout Ireland and this particular funding was made through round two of the Festivals and Events scheme 2013.

The Festivals and Events scheme is aimed at locally-based events which might otherwise find it difficult to take place without the support.

Support is going to Historical Harp Society of Ireland. The society was founded in 2002 and its purpose is to support a revival of playing and building the harp. The society runs a summer school called Scoil na gCláirseach – Summer School of early Irish Harp, each August in Kilkenny.

Speaking after the announcement, Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council, said:

“I am delighted that the Arts Council is able to support this very important festival in County Kilkenny. The arts play a vital role in our economy, especially in local job creation, driving economic activity for local businesses and for local tourism. When Ireland doesn’t have the weather in a summer, many good memories are created for tourists, for families and for young people through these hugely important local events.”

“Despite funding for the arts being cut by 30% since 2008, we see it as vital to Counties such as Kilkenny, and other areas across the country, that support for the arts is maintained within limited resources as far as is possible.”

“The range and ambition of the festivals funded under the Arts Councils’ Festivals and Events Scheme demonstrates how central the arts are in all our lives and the exciting talents that are in Ireland: from an array of traditional and multi-disciplinary arts festivals around the country to niche events in film, literature and circus there is something for everyone to enjoy in the months and years ahead.”