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Two Kerry arts groups get slice of €130m fund

Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, is one of the organisations to benefit
Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

TWO Kerry arts organisations have been allocated substantial grant aid as part of a €130 million Arts Council nationwide investment.

Their work will help to lead and inspire Irish society as we recover from the pandemic and the government agency for funding and developing the arts said that while the sector was suffering disproportionately in the health crisis, hundreds of artists and practitioners were planning and already making great art for the public to experience in the months ahead.

Allocations include €316,000 for Siamsa Tíre in Tralee, and €50,000 for Writers’ Week in Listowel.

The plan is to invest €46.1 million in 105 key arts organisations across the country, a further €7.8 million will fund 43 arts centres in every region and in the region of €10.7 million to arts organisations through its Arts Grant Funding programme.

Killarney author Niall MacMonagle (right) interviewing Graham Norton on stage at Listowel Writers’ Week

As well as that, a total of €2 million will be invested in smaller festivals in almost every county while, for individual artists, there will be some €10.5 million in bursaries as well increased funding for commissions and projects.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, said the Arts Council’s €130 million investment in 2021 will have a hugely positive impact and the funding is key to helping the arts survive and thrive in 2021.

“The pandemic has shown us just how important the arts are to all our lives,” she said.

Beneficiaries receiving Arts Centre or strategic funding include Abbey Theatre (€7.5m), Druid (€1.04m), Irish Chamber Orchestra (€1.2m), Wexford Festival Opera (€1.6m), Na Píobarí Uilleann (€498,000), Spraoi (€385,000), Cork Midsummer Festival (€350,000), The Stinging Fly (€152,000), Macnas (€315,000), Project Arts Centre (€855,000).