Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy recently launched the Updated Festival / Events Guidelines & Policies at the Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig.
The launch took place ahead of the Cork Festivals & Events Workshop, which was organised by Cork County Council in conjunction with AOIFE (Association Of Irish Festivals & Events). The Workshop was open to Festival / Event organisers throughout the county and received a significant response, with over 100 attendees present.
The Festivals / Events Guidelines & Policies for Cork County, originally published in 2013, has been updated to include the most up to date information for festival and event organisers. It highlights the guidelines applicable to each agency’s festival / event funding stream, other supports for festivals, such as those offered by AOIFE and Fáilte Ireland, and licences and permissions which may be required, as well as all relevant contact details.
Both the updated Festivals / Events Guidelines & Policies for Cork County and the Cork Festival & Events Workshop are part of a recent initiative by Cork County Council to maximise the growth potential of festivals and provide increased supports in the funding, managing and marketing of festivals throughout the county.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Mayor Murphy reflected on the foregoing benefits of festivals in Cork.
“Festivals and events deliver a range of economic, social, and cultural benefits. They entertain, they celebrate our communities, they showcase our villages and towns and are often an expression of identity and place. They help to stimulate local economic activity and enhance the visitor experience. It is therefore of vital importance that we continue to promote and support festivals countywide.”
Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council went on to say,
“In 2018, Cork County Council contributed in excess of €500,000 in support of festivals and events in the county of Cork. With the launch of the updated Festival / Events Guidelines and Polices for Cork County and the hosting of these support Workshops for festival organisers, we are not only providing financial support, but also facilitating the effective running of the events for the benefit of the towns and villages of Cork. I would encourage anyone who is involved in festival / event running or thinking of hosting an event to view this document, which is available online.”
A copy of the updated Festivals / Events Guidelines & Policies for Cork County is available here