Waterford City and County Council has allocated €1,555,557 in festival and event funding to aid with the development and promotion of events across Waterford City and County in 2023. 
 
The allocation supports 54 festival and events throughout Waterford City and County with the aim of promoting local festivals that have an economic, tourism, cultural, artistic or community benefit for Waterford.  Funding is also in place to provide training support to help local festival and events develop and grow.
 
Speaking following the adoption of the Festival Grants for 2023 Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O Leary said, “As Mayor I am delighted that Waterford City & County Council is in a position to support so many great events across Waterford in the coming year.
 
“Waterford has always produced an entertaining, inclusive and eclectic programme of events throughout the year.  While we are delighted to continue to support the fantastic big-ticket festivals such as Spraoi, Waterford Harvest Festival and Winterval, it’s great to see the range of new and distinctive events making their mark on the city and county.”
 
Michael Quinn, Director of Services with Waterford City and County Council added, “The allocations reflect the Council’s commitment to support the strong community spirit across Waterford with so many events happening in 2023.  These events are integral in helping continue to make Waterford the best place to live and visit.”
 
New events to be supported by 2023 Festival and Events grants include TALAMH, a new event in Waterford that’s set to showcase the amazing landscape and to promote the environmental and well-being benefits of Land Art. Another new event added to Waterford’s festival calendar is A Scary but Safer Halloween; a frightful but fun and healthy themed Halloween event free from anti-social behaviour, fireworks or bonfires. With a three week, educational and safety awareness build up, the main event will take place on Halloween Night from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.