Elemental Limerick Arts Festival has announced it has been awarded funding under Strand 1 of the Festivals & Events grant from the Arts Council, the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.
Now in its sixth year, Elemental is pleased to receive financial backing to assist in delivering the multi-disciplinary festival. Run on a voluntary basis, Elemental takes the whole year to plan and deliver.
In recent years Elemental has quietly made its impact felt on a national level being recognised as one of KBC’s Bright Ideas shortlisted projects. This initiative provides support to ideas that are improving communities around the country through innovation, creativity and passion.
Alan Hogan, co-founder of Elemental, says: “There are substantial costs involved in running such a varied programme at numerous venues citywide. We spend most of the year trying to access funding from multiple sources, to cover those costs. Having the backing of the Arts Council takes away some of that pressure.”
With a selection of local, national and international acts and events in the programme, Elemental provides a diverse mix to suit a wide variety of tastes.
Elemental is underpinned by a green ethos and as such has been short-listed twice for the National Green Awards for its focus on sustainability.
Run on a voluntary basis, Elemental strives to be as inclusive as possible, so that everyone can have an active part in arts and culture in Limerick.
Jennifer Allen, co-founder, said: “The funding itself is hugely helpful, naturally, but getting such a significant national endorsement is really gratifying too. In such a competitive funding stream, it’s proof that we’re doing something right!”
The three-day arts and culture festival will take place citywide from the 8th-10th September.