The Government has announced that over €1 million will be spent on 218 national and regional festivals and events by Failte Ireland. This investment is under the 2016 Festivals and Events Programme.
The figure includes almost €325,000 for the second phase of funding of large national festivals, as well as just under €695,000 for smaller regional events.
The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, said: "The funding announced today will allow counties across the country to broaden their appeal to overseas visitors and attract visitors who are actively seeking to fully experience in Ireland in all its aspects- from culture and sport, to festivals and fun".
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Festivals included in the investment are the Dublin Theatre Festival (€45,000), Dublin Fringe Festival (€25,000), Kilkenny Arts Festival (€65,000) and the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival (€35,000).
Failte Ireland's said its 2016 National Festivals Programme aims to drive growth from key overseas markets through compelling experience/
Shaun Quinn, CEO of Failte Ireland, said; “While recent tourism performance from overseas markets has been encouraging, we are determined to build on this momentum to drive and sustain economic growth”.