€135,000 funding for Cork festivals

€135,000 funding for Cork festivals

Cork International Choral Festival director, John Fitzpatrick, pictured with a previous Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition winner, UCC student, James May. 

Arts festivals from a range of genres across Cork city and county have received almost €135,000 in funding from the Arts Council for 2020 events.

The largest sum of money of €30,000 was allocated in the city to the 66th annual Cork International Choral Festival, which takes place from April 29 to May 3 2020.

Meanwhile, First Cut! Youth Film Project got the largest sum of money in the county - organisers received €20,000. The Youghal based festival, which is now in its tenth year takes place in March, and will showcase new films by young filmmakers.

The Arts Council received a total of 79 applications for this round of funding from across the country, and has offered a total of 65 awards in response - including to twelve festivals across Cork.

The festivals cross a range of disciplines including film, music, literature, multi-disciplinary, theatre, and traditional arts.

Five festivals in the city received a total of €70,750. It was divided between the choral festival, while Cork World Book Fest 2020 received €14,750 and the 31st Cork French Film Festival or Alliance Francaise de Cork received €10,000.

Makeshift Ensemble were awarded €7,000 to hold their Quarter Block Party, and the Ortús Chamber Music Festival €9,000.

€63,570 was allocated to seven different festivals in other areas across the county. Blood in the Alley Productions were granted €13,000 for the Blackwater Valley Fit-up Festival 2020 which takes place in West Cork.

Meanwhile, the Fastnet Short Film Festival 2020, which takes place every year in the picturesque sailing village of Schull, was awarded €11,000.

Four festivals were awarded sums less than €10,000. The Ballydehob Jazz Festival got €6,500, the Cobh Carillon Committee were awarded €3,700 to hold the 93rd Cobh, Co. Cork, Carillon Summer Recital Season, Cruinniú na bhFliúit 2020, which takes place in April in Ballyvourney received €3,870, and the eleventh Ballincollig Winter Music Festival was granted €5,500.

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