People in West Cork can expect the best of the arts in 2015, with local organisations already planning festivals, music, dance, exhibitions and much more.
Announcing its funding decisions in its three main grants programmes, the Arts Council said it would invest almost €2.4m in Cork-based organisations with a proven track record of delivering great arts experiences for people all over the county and beyond.
A total of 23 organisations from around the county successfully applied for funding including West Cork Music, which runs what is regarded as one of Europe’s leading chamber festivals. Through its festivals and other activities it provides opportunities for audiences from Ireland and abroad to engage with chamber music, literature and traditional music. It will receive €240,000 in funding.
Baltimore Fiddle Fair, an annual festival centred on the fiddle, exploring its music both within the Irish tradition and other international traditions will receive €16,000. The festival provides audiences and musicians with an opportunity to engage in traditional music of international standing.
West Cork Arts Centre was established in 1985 and is now housed in a new arts centre in Skibbereen. The Arts Council decided to provide funding of €145,000 because the Arts Centre produces an in-house visual arts exhibition programme and manages an extensive programme of arts engagement and participation with the local community and further afield, both independently and with other agencies.
In addition to this support, the Arts Council will be making significant funding available throughout the year for touring, projects and bursaries for talented artists.