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€486,000 arts boost for five Donegal projects 15.12.16

FIVE Donegal projects are to receive Arts Council funding of more than €486,000 next year.
Earagail Arts Festival will get a grant of €180,000; An Grianan Theatre will receive €105,000 while the Regional Cultural Centre will get a €125,000 boost as part of the allocation.
Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey will get €35,000 and Gweedore Winter School €41,000 under the allocation.
The announcement is part of the Arts Council’s planned investment of just over €65 million for next year which will see people across the country "engage with the arts in exciting and innovative ways".
The countywide Earagail Arts Festival in Co Donegal, will receive €180,000 from the Arts Council in 2017.
The investment is a €5 million rise on this year's allocation.
Arts Council chair Sheila Pratschke said: “Our strategy prioritises the artist and public engagement, and our decisions for 2017 focus on small festivals, individual and emerging artists, community-based practice and work with and for children and young people. This means more great work will be made by artists and arts organisations for people in every part of the country.”
Local authorities, individual artists, particularly emerging artists, works for children and young people and community-based arts practices are a particular focus of the Arts Council’s 'Making Great Art Work' strategy.
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