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No Festival of World Cultures in 2011?

There are reports that Dun Laoghaire’s hugely popular Festival of World Cultures, which attracted over 200,000 visitors to the Co Dublin town this year, may not happen in 2011. The “family-friendly Glastonbury” was established in 2001 and is a Dún …

Tue, Oct 26, 2010, 08:36

   

There are reports that Dun Laoghaire’s hugely popular Festival of World Cultures, which attracted over 200,000 visitors to the Co Dublin town this year, may not happen in 2011.

The “family-friendly Glastonbury” was established in 2001 and is a Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council event. However, per a report in yesterday’s Evening Herald, the festival has been losing money and a deficit of €400,000 more than was anticipated was recorded this year.

A review group headed by Derek Brady (the former DLR county manager who was instrumental in establishing the festival in the first place) has recommended that the festival should be suspended.

A letter from current county manager Owen Keegan to DLR councillors stated that establishing a “sustainable festival model” which is “based on sound legal and economically efficient processes”, will take time and “it will be very difficult to have a sustainable festival in place for 2011″.

According to Keegan, the financial problems have been exacerbated by increasing production costs and reduced grants and sponsorship.

DLR councillors are due to be given a presentation by the review group this week