THE popular ‘Letterkenny Live’ festival of street music will not take place this year, it has been confirmed.
The committee released a statement this evening confirming that the event will not proceed this year due to funding issues and the time commitments of its members.
Letterkenny Live, which first was first held in 2011, aimed to deliver high quality free on-street entertainment and showcased talents such as Aslan, Bressie, Delorentos and Ryan Sheridan in the town.
While audience numbers varied over the three years, it was clear that there is a demand for this type of event and that it could be built on, the committee said.
“However, Letterkenny Live has been a big commitment for each individual concerned not just in terms of time, as all have other full time jobs, but also balancing the financial risk of the event. While lots of items were kindly sponsored, the costs were still high and financial contributions have become more difficult.”
Ms Toni Forrester, chairperson, explained that Letterkenny Town Council funded the festival over the three years.
“It’s funding in particular allowed us to book bands and gave the seed funding to plan the event each year. As we all know, the Town Council is being abolished in June and there is no indication of where this substantial funding would come from.
“In addition Fáilte Ireland has also provided marketing funding over the past three years, but this is no longer available. This situation leaves us with no other option than to bow out.”
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