Monday 11 December 2017

No world cultures festival for 2011

DUN Laoghaire will not host its hugely popular Festival of World Cultures this year.

In a statement, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said that the model on which the festival was based was simply not sustainable.

"In some respects the festival is a victim of its own success. The review group's report confirmed that significant changes would be required to the structure, financing and content of the event if it is to be sustainable for the future," read the statement.

In its conclusions, the review group said the festival's phenomenal growth over the past 10 years "brought with it corresponding production, health and safety and event control costs, which have contributed to the ever-increasing festival budget.

"These costs have put serious financial pressure on the council in recent years, compounded by very significant reductions in grant funding from the Arts Council and Failte Ireland in 2010."

The increasing pressure on the council's finances was also a factor in the decision.

The council will be organising some smaller family-friendly festivals for Dun Laoghaire from August to September of this year.

However, planning will begin shortly for a Festival of World Cultures in 2012.

Sunday Independent

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