Festival of the Year

Local Authority Name: Carlow Town Council 

Project Name: Carlow Festivals 2013 –Pan Celtic International & Carlow 800

Project Description:
Pan Celtic International was hosted by Carlow Town in 2012 and 2013. This prestigious festival celebrates the richness and diversity of Celtic heritage, culture and language of the participating nations of Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Brittany & Ireland. National and International and local media descended on the town and Carlow’s profile was raised through this publicity and marketing of the Town,
Carlow 800: 2013 marks a historic occasion in Carlow Town as we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the construction of Carlow Castle. Carlow Town Council will partner a number of festivals throughout the year who have agreed a Carlow 800 strand within their own programming.
These festivals take place throughout the year (April & June).

Local Authority Name: Cavan Town Council ***WINNER***

Project Name:  Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2012 – the third and final one for Cavan! (Year 3)

Project Description:
Let Cavan Surprise You!  2012 saw the last of three successive Fleadhanna hosted in Cavan. The All Ireland Fleadh held in Cavan in 2012 was a great attraction. Cavan hosted a ten-day fleadh – the longest ever – and attracted over 300,000 visitors. The fleadh was green, responsible and inclusive. All visitors, regardless of ability, could participate and enjoy all of the events on offer.  The event created massive positive publicity for Cavan and Ireland and gave visitors an experience they will never forget.  The local authority, chamber of commerce and people of Cavan collectively and voluntarily delivered an event to be proud of.  

Local Authority Name: Dublin City Council

Project Name: Dublin Tall Ships Event 2012

Project Description:
Dublin City was the final host port for the Tall Ships Races 2012 and a festival was held from the
23rd to 26th August. The races comprised over 46 ships representing 17 countries with over 2000 crew members. The festival which was attended by an estimated 1.25 million visitors gave people local to Dublin and those from further afield the opportunity to admire and experience some stunning vessels whilst also sampling the wonderful Irish welcome and hospitality. The festival was designed to create a superb atmosphere and focal point around the Dublin docks and the four days of festivities aimed to attract and entertain all ages. The attractions included: live music, family zone, youth adventure activities, funfairs, exhibitions, workshops, walking tours, street performers, food and craft fairs.
The event was a great example of the economic and social success that can be achieved through collaboration between statutory agencies and business partners.

Local Authority Name: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Project Name: dlr FUSION Festival

Project Description:
The dlr FUSION Festival was a fun filled weekend for the whole community created to promote issues of Social Inclusion within the County providing a spotlight on the large range of ethnic and cultural diversity which exists within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.The festival took place over the weekend of the 28th & 29th of July 2012 and was located in the People’s Park, Dún Laoghaire. In total 16,751 people attended dlr FUSION.Highlights of dlr FUSION Festival included the music and dance stage, five workshop areas, a youth space and a community space, a food market, Pop-Up Shop, Community Radio, Exhibition space and a sports area. An innovative aspect to this festival was the Pre-dlr FUSION Festival workshops which were held with local groups who as a result created a range of activities and acts which were performed as part of the festival including street performances, craft workshops and music and dance acts on the main stage. 

Local Authority Name: Waterford City Council

Project Name:  Winterval

Project Description:
Winterval, Ireland’s number one Christmas Festival was launched in Waterford in 2012 and ran from November 30th to December 23rd.  Winterval turns Waterford, Ireland’s oldest City, into a magical place for both adults and children with a variety of attractions many of which are housed in Waterford’s heritage buildings added to their uniqueness and attractiveness.  In its inaugural year, Winterval contributed significantly to achieving its aims of creating a vibrant city centre and boosting the local economy.  Winterval is organised by a Voluntary Committee and facilitated by Waterford City Council who provide seed capital for the event.  Winterval’s success in 2012, which will be built on in 2013, is attributable to the significant voluntary contribution of the committee and also to the other stakeholders who came on board from the public sector, private sector and the community and voluntary sector. 

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