Over €12K Awarded To Key Festivals In Offaly

The Arts Council has awarded a total of €12,480 to help bring two high quality festivals to the people of Offaly this year.

The festivals include Scripts Ireland’s Playwriting Festival which took place last week and the 7th OFFline Film Festival which takes place in October.

The festival funding is additional to the substantial monies that the council allocates every year to various arts events, artists and companies in Offaly.

The Arts Council issued the details as they launched ‘Arts On Your Doorstep’, a new public information campaign to help raise awareness of specific arts events in local communities.

Part of the Arts Council’s public service remit is to deliver arts events to the regions, so that people all over the country can experience world class arts events on their doorstep. Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride, said:

“If you live in Malin Head or on the Ring of Kerry, you should be able to see high quality productions without having to travel hours to a venue. By taking the arts on tour we make wonderful productions accessible to people the length and breadth of the country. The Council always endeavours to ensure that organisations bring the best of the arts to audiences across Ireland through touring. We are delighted to have been able to provide the funding to bring these shows to the people of Offaly.  By prioritising regional access through touring, the Council is helping to ensure that more people experience the arts in 2016.”

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