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Festivals

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which 10 community festivals in Northern Ireland received the most public funding in each of the last two years. (82878)

The 10 community festivals which received the most public funding in each of the last two years are shown in the following tables:

2004-05

Festival

Funding provided (£)

Feile an Phobail

360,037.95

Maiden City Festival

82,700.63

Ardoyne Fleadh Cheoil

75,080

Greater New Lodge

43,110

Tommy Makem International Festival of Song

23,000

Belleek and Fiddlestone Arts and Cultural Festival

15,783.19

William Kennedy Piping Festival

15,000

The Hills above Drumquin Townlands Festival

14,914.81

Armagh City and district council Mall Events Project

14,900

Living History Festival

13,097.40

2005-06

Festival

Funding provided (£)

Feile an Phobail

273,768.01

North West Rural Development Maritime Festival 2006

101,681

Maiden City Festival

84,150

Ardoyne Fleadh Cheoil

66,405

Greater New Lodge

36,660

Panarts (Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival)

18,500

Armagh Festival of International Folk and Song

17,500

William Kennedy Piping Festival

15,000

Country Comes to Town

12,000

The Irish Country Lifestyle Festival

11,113.17

Notes:

For the purpose of this answer, a community festival is defined as follows:

“a concentrated and orchestrated series of events with a common theme and within a defined period”

This definition is taken from the ‘Community Festivals Fund Policy and Guidance Framework’ launched in February 2006.

The answer does not include information on funding allocated to speciality arts and sports festivals.