Festival will go ahead despite funding cut

Cashel Arts Festival is shocked after the Arts Council decision to cut all funding this year. Despite commending Cashel Arts Festival on their track record over a number of years, the Arts Council’s decision will slash the festival budget from grants by at least a third.

“This has resounding implications for all aspects of the festival,” says Rebecca Lenehan, Chairperson of Cashel Arts Festival. “Cashel Arts Festival offers an extensive Outreach Programme to a large proportion of the local community, who rely on these events as, in many cases, their own funding has been cut in recent times.”

The festival will still go ahead in November but in a reduced capacity. Many of the free street entertainment events, highlights of the festival, will either be trimmed back or will be postponed this year, unless alternative sponsorship can be found.

Tipperary County Council has committed to continuing its funding for Cashel Arts Festival on the same level as last year. “We are more reliant than ever on our grant from the County Council and from our existing sponsors,” said Rebecca Lenehan. “These are testing times for the festival, but also times of opportunity, as we have a dedicated voluntary committee, determined to see that quality remains the hallmark of Cashel Arts Festival.”

This year’s festival’s line-up includes author Paul Lynch, script-writer Peter McKenna, the National Library talk on Yeats, Coderdojo workshops, Festival Choir (adult and junior), writing workshops with David Rice, storytelling with Eddie Lenihan, arts and crafts demonstrations and drop-in workshops and more.

In order to contact Cashel Arts Festival, or if you might consider sponsoring an event for this year’s festival, please email the secretary on  info@cashelartsfest.com