Funding for two local arts & music festivals in Galway

The Bandwagons at the M.A.D Festival 2021 in Athenry. Photo Credit: Athenry Heritage Centre via Twitter.

Grants have been provided to support two arts and music festivals in Galway this year, under a scheme supporting smaller local events.

Minister Catherine Martin has awarded €5,000 each for two events in Galway under the Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools scheme.

The Athenry Arts & Heritage Centre is putting on its annual Music, Arts, and Drama (M.A.D) Festival this summer.

This promises to be a “community multi-disciplinary event with an objective to provide an inclusive and accessible arts programme for all to enjoy.”

Another grant has been provided for Féile Cheoil, a “weekend of Irish music, arts and Heritage and aims to keep his love and the tradition of East Galway Music culture and heritage alive.”

This scheme aims to support local cultural events which may not be eligible for funding for larger scale events such as those supported by Fáilte Ireland, the Arts Council and similar bodies.

Minister Catherine Martin said that she was pleased support the scheme this year, adding, “Culture and arts add hugely to our lives and to our community.”

“These projects make a very important contribution to the development and promotion of Ireland’s cultural tourism offering, to the benefit of both the domestic and foreign tourist.”

“I send my congratulations and best wishes to the organisers and I hope that the attendees enjoy the events.”

A total of 34 events were awarded funding totaling €122,045 under the scheme this year.