Sum­mer arts fes­ti­val needs sup­port to grow and ex­pand

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE AGM of Mal­low Arts Col­lec­tive, which will be held at 8.30pm on Mon­day next, Novem­ber 12, in the Hiber­nian Ho­tel will hear a re­port on the list of ac­tiv­i­ties un­der­taken by the group over the past year with the high­light be­ing the sum­mer Five Day Arts Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val, which fea­tured over 40 events and a spec­tac­u­lar fireshow launch, was en­joyed by over 12,000 peo­ple. The meet­ing will hear the Col­lec­tive chair­per­son, Tadhg Cur­tis, de­scribe the chal­lenges fac­ing the fes­ti­val if it is to grow and de­velop fur­ther. This year’s fes­ti­val would not have taken place with­out the sup­port of main spon­sors Cork County Coun­cil, Mal­low Credit Union, The Hiber­nian Ho­tel and The Arts Coun­cil. To ex­pand the pro­gramme will re­quire in­creased spon­sor­ship from lo­cal busi­nesses and more vol­un­teers for stew­ard­ing etc, dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

The in­sur­ance costs to date have been paid by Mal­low De­vel­op­ment Part­ner­ship but due to their re­duced role they will be un­able to carry these costs next year so the or­gan­is­ers would par­tic­u­larly like to hear from any groups/spon­sors who could help with this.

The pub­lic re­ac­tion and sup­port for the fes­ti­val over the past two years has shown that it can, if fur­ther de­vel­oped, bring ma­jor eco­nomic and tourism ben­e­fits to the town in the years ahead.

The fire dis­play at Mal­low Town Park in con­junc­tion with Mal­low Arts Col­lec­tive Fes­ti­val in July this year. Photo: Eu­gene Cos­grove

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