Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

Lets have some music tourists

Arts Council head Olive Braiden had an interesting piece in this paper during the week bigging up cultural and festival tourism. While Braiden concentrated her spiel on conventional arts festivals, there’s no doubting the huge domestic and international interest in …

Fri, Aug 10, 2007, 09:49

   

Arts Council head Olive Braiden had an interesting piece in this paper during the week bigging up cultural and festival tourism.

While Braiden concentrated her spiel on conventional arts festivals, there’s no doubting the huge domestic and international interest in Irish music fests and outdoor shows.

Despite the weather, it has been a bumper summer for outdoor music events, as readers of the On the Record blog involved in tracking the numbers know only too well.

New fests are still popping up. Pub landlords Thomas Read Group are holding the Eurocultured event in Dublin’s Smithfield Plaza on Augut 18th, while the Life trance fest organisers are planning a one-day Afterlife for Co Westmeath on September 15th.

Maybe the Arts Council, who have been extremely selective when favouring rock and pop funding requests in the past, will begin to reach out to this sector too.

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