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first_imgA total of six Donegal festivals and projects have been allocated a total of €509,000 through the Arts Council.The Arts Council, the Irish government agency for funding and developing the arts, said it was investing the cash in projects with proven track records of delivering great arts experiences for people all over the county and beyond.The funding comes through the Arts Council’s three main annual grants programmes. In addition, people in Donegal will enjoy the arts through Arts Council funding for touring, projects and bursaries for talented artists throughout the year.The organisations to receive annual funding from the Arts Council for the period to the end of March 2014 are:An Grianán Theatre – €100,000Balor Arts Centre – €28,000 Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc – €45,000Earagail Arts Festival – €165,000Regional Cultural Centre – €135,000Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy – €36,000The ever-popular Earagail Arts Festival will swing into action in July, filling sixteen days with the very best in Irish and international visual art; music; theatre; dance; literature; film; children’s events and much more. Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy will continue to attract students and audiences of traditional music to Gaoth Dobhair through its programme of workshops and performances.In Letterkenny, An Grianáin Theatre will give local audiences and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the very best local, national and international arts and entertainment events including drama, comedy, music, dance and much more throughout 2013.The Chairman of the Arts Council Pat Moylan said his body is delighted to be able to continue supporting and developing the arts in Donegal.“For over 60 years the Arts Council has been at the forefront of developing and promoting the arts and even with reduced funding, the Arts Council continues to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.” “Despite that funding to the arts has been cut by around 30 per cent since 2008, we recognise that work of the Arts Council produces an important social dividend that positively impacts on the quality of life of citizens across the country. Not only this, but the arts play a vital role in our economy, especially in job creation and tourism. Therefore, we see it as vital to areas such as Donegal and other areas across the country that support for the arts is maintained.”“As the year progresses, we will be announcing further funding to individual artists and to groups undertaking projects, festivals and other events.”ARTS BOOST AS €500,000 ALLOCATED FOR SIX DONEGAL FESTIVALS AND PROJECTS was last modified: March 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cash boostDonegal County CouncilFESTIVALSlast_img read more