The Arts Council, the government agency for funding and developing the arts, has invested €400,000 in five Tipperary-based organisations with a proven track record of delivering great arts experiences for people all over the county and beyond.
The biggest amount goes to Clonmel Junction Festival at €118,750.
The Source Arts Centre promises an impressive line-up for the months ahead, including work presented in association with KCAT (Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent) and a Youth Summer Project in association with Tipperary Regional Youth Services.
The ever-popular Clonmel Junction Festival will swing into action in July, filling ten days with the very best in Irish and international visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature, film, children’s events and an excellent participatory programme.
The Arts Council is also supporting the arts programmes of North Tipperary County Council and South Tipperary County Council as well as that of Tipperary Excel Heritage Company.
Chairman of the Arts Council Pat Moylan said: “Despite the financial challenges we face as a country, the Council sought to ensure that organisations remained viable and maintained jobs in order to deliver the best of the arts for people across the country. Now, more than ever, we need the arts to help restore our self-esteem, bind our communities together, and send a clear signal to the world that Ireland is a hub of creative and innovative talent.”
The people of Tipperary will also have access to the work of many companies and organisations that tour nationally with funding from the Arts Council.
The Arts Council offered the following funding for the 15-month period to end March 2012: North Tipperary County Council arts office €105,000; The Source Arts Centre €65,000; Clonmel Junction Festival €118,750; South Tipperary County Council arts office €69,358; Tipperary Excel Heritage Company €37,500.