Some of our treasured friends and supporters have expressed an interest to leave a legacy to the festival.
In response we have decided to create a new donation feature solely for the support of future artistic projects which originate in Donegal and are hosted by the county’s premier summer event on the Wild Atlantic Way – The Earagail Arts Festival Legacy Fund.
This new platform will contribute to the commissioning and development of artistic projects that have a Donegal mission at their heart, meaning your donation will create performance and commission opportunities for emerging Donegal musicians and artists, Donegal theatre productions, large scale spectacle works, literary projects or countywide visual arts exhibitions. None of your donation will be used for administrative costs but will be solely applied to artistic costs and artist remuneration.
Examples of previous projects include The Henry Girls & The Fox Hunt, LUXe, She Knit The Roof, Foyle Punt, The Mountain Stage, Little John Nee, The Selkie, etc.
Earagail Arts Festival celebrates and creates a high profile platform for the contemporary and the traditional arts in Donegal.
It reflects the unique character and demographic of the region by presenting an exciting, high quality, bi-lingual programme of arts activities across a wide geographical area of Donegal – from the Inishowen Peninsula, southward to Letterkenny and the Border region of East Donegal, and westward across Earagail (Errigal) Mountain to the Gaeltacht area of Gaoth Dobhair, Bloody Foreland and The Rosses.
The festival was first established by Donegal County Council’s Arts Services in 1989 to help develop local culture and to support the work of local artists and arts facilities, while bringing national and international acts to the North West.
Earagail Arts Festival has grown from strength to strength since then as is now regarded as one of the top summer arts festivals in the country. In 2004 the festival was constituted as an independent company with the following main aims and objectives:
1. To plan, programme, manage and promote an annual, bilingual Irish and English language, multi disciplinary festival of the arts throughout the greater catchment area of Earagail (Errigal) Mountain in County Donegal.
2. To present an artistic programme which will be innovative, imaginative and stimulating to its host community; which will actively support and reflect the importance and position of the Irish language among its host community; which will always adhere to the highest possible professional standards in terms of artistic excellence, management, production and presentation; which will actively support the work of local artists and venues; which will invite high quality, professional international arts companies and artists to work in Donegal; which will reflect closely the widely dispersed nature of its host community, will be of benefit to the local community and to visitors alike and will contribute significantly to the ongoing development of cultural tourism in the area.
Earagail Arts Festival is an independent company, which is limited by guarantee and has charitable status. It is presented in conjunction with the partnership organisations of Donegal County Council, Údarás na Gaeltachta, An Grianán Theatre, Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and a host of local arts and community organisations throughout the festival catchment area.
The festival has an annual financial turnover in the region of €500,000 and normally takes place over a three-week period each July presenting a mix of local, national and international artists, events includes theatre, a wide and varied music programme, dance, comedy, outdoor spectacles and family events, a children’s programme, literature and visual arts.
In 2019 the dates are from 10th to 28th July. If you would like to receive exclusive updates on this year’s Earagail Arts Festival, sign up to our newsletter HERE.
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