Today we have the fourth part of our look at the backing and sponsorship of some of Ireland’s best ‘smaller’ festivals.

The Independent published a list of what they considered to be Ireland’s best ‘Off-Radar’ Festivals last weekend.

It’s a handy guide on some of the most eclectic ways to engage with the arts this summer.

It’s also an opportunity for us to look at how much partner funding is either going into the world of small festivals or indeed being sought.

Each day this week we will look at five of the Festivals featured through the lens of the financial support they receive either through Arts Council, local authority or in all too rare cases, commercial partnerships.

See our first five from Antrim, Donegal, Cork, Carlow and Kildare.

See the second five in Kerry, Dublin, Clare, Donegal, and Galway.

Third Instalment of Festivals in Sligo, Cork, Waterford and Carlow.

Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival

June 08 to June 10 in Westport

A host of venues from Churches to theatres and finishing up in the famous Matt Molly’s Bar, this celebration of music extends to a wide variety of tastes and is driven by the musicians who are annually drawn to the west.

Backing: Mayo County Council and the Arts Council provide backing alongside Fáilte Ireland through the Wild Atlantic Way.  Mescan Brewery and Budget Car Rental provide commercial sponsorship.

Cork Midsummer Festival

June 15-24 in Cork City

The main event is the world premiere of Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It but that is just one of hundreds of events ranging from poetry to a live recording of Blindboy Boatclub’s podcast and a massive midsummer picnic through a circus and hip-hop fusion performance

Backing: The Festival is supported by The Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland under the banner of Ireland’s Ancient East, which may be news to Cork residents.  Cork County Council are also credited as principal funders.

There are six local hotel partners as well as KPMG and O’Sullivan PR and a host of small and large p[artners on the programme ranging from Cork Opera House to the Dublin Fringe Festival.  An eclectic mix, as wide ranging as the programme itself and a serious undertaking.

The Festival of Curiosity

19th to 22nd July, Dublin

An international festival of science, art, design and technology, the Festival of Curiosity claims to attract 45,000 visitors from around the world and puts on a fascinating mix of exhibitions and performances across the city.

Backing: Matheson, Dublin City Council and Science Foundation Ireland are the core partners of the Festival.

Waterford Walls Street Art Festival

August 17th to 26th, Waterford

It used to be known as graffiti, then it became street art and now it has a Festival where 50 artists from across Ireland and around the world are invited to liven up the walls of Waterford City.

Backing: Waterford County Council and the Arts Council are joined by Colourtrend Paint Store, RTÉ, Hennessy Cognac and more in vacking this ultimate expression of street art.

Carrickmacross Arts Festival

August 23rd to 26th, Monaghan

Ireland’s ‘Biggest Small Festival’ celebrates its fifth birthday with a programme that embraces almost every art form albeit with a strong emphasis on music and comedy.

Backing: A classic old-school approach generated support from almost every business in the town.  This provides a double boost as it guarantees buy-in from all those likely to be the main audience and the fact that every tourist in the near vicinity will be acutely aware too.

Join us tomorrow as we conclude our journey looking to unearth the trends this year in sponsorship of Ireland’s many and varied festivals.

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