Festivals calling their own tune

Funding cuts and a dwindling audience are not dampening the spirits of festival organisers in Ireland, writes Siobhán Brett.

12th May, 2012
Kilkenny actors Amy Dunne and David Thompson at Kilkenny Castle: the Kilkenny Arts Festival is bringing Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to Ireland for the first time this summer. Photo: Photocall

The festival business in Ireland is holding its own but, with government support less readily available, reliance on private investment and in-kind contributions has increased.

Audience numbers for ticketed festivals are reported to be down significantly, yet the number of festivals in Ireland continues to grow.

During the boom, Irish festivals grew accustomed to government agency funding of up to 80 per cent of cost, but times have changed, according to Claire Heskin of the...

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