Announcing the recipients of the €100,000 St. Patrick’s Festival x TikTok Creative Fund, awarded to ten community groups
An Halla Mór, An Clochán Liath CLG, Dungloe, will receive €10,000 from the St. Patrick's Festival X TikTok Creative Fund, to refurbish and renovate their local community hall to become an arts and culture venue.
The fund, which was designed to support and inspire creativity in Irish communities, will be distributed to ten community groups and charitable organisations in counties Dublin, Cork, Offaly, Louth, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Cavan, and Donegal.
An Halla Mór, Dungloe is a not-for-profit community group in the Gaeltacht area of Donegal who have joined together to ensure that their local community hall, which has fallen into disrepair, is restored to its former glory, and can once again become the focal point of the community. The Hall has been at the heart of the community since its inception in 1913 and has played host to myriad artistic, cultural, and historic events.
The group is committed to a restoration project of An Halla Mór, which will allow the local community to showcase their artistic skills and talents and will serve as an investment for future generations.
Speaking about the funding, The Committee of An Halla Mór, Dungloe, Donegal said:
"We are absolutely delighted with the news that our project has been selected as a recipient group of the St. Patrick's Festival x TikTok Creative Fund. The hall will be a richer place with the addition of a new stage, lights, audio and curtain, which will in turn be a great hub for all ages within this community and a space where they can perform and practice their respective art."
This €10,000 project award will support the work of these local groups in developing and delivering creative responses to their own unique community challenges. A pop-up community choir, dance workshops, heritage projects and tours, and arts and craft therapy sessions are just some of the projects which will be supported by the St. Patrick’s Festival x TikTok Creative Fund.
This creative investment forms the final part of the €500,000 commitment made by TikTok earlier this year to support St. Patrick's Festival 2021. This took place over six days in March through SPF TV, a dedicated online TV channel, and an historic partnership with Oireachtas TV which brought the Festival to 1.1 million homes in Ireland during lockdown. St. Patrick's Festival 2021 was Ireland’s most significant digital festival to date, with more than 102 million global engagements.
The St. Patrick’s Festival team will now commence work with each of the ten selected community groups to realise their ambitious creative projects.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, said:
"I very much welcome this initiative from St Patrick's Festival and TikTok which is helping voluntary organisations and local groups across Ireland empower and inspire their communities through arts, culture, and creativity. This fund is a vital tool in helping communities re-invigorate important local projects after a very difficult period. It is great to see such creativity, artistic flair but also real community value in the work of the ten recipients, and I have no doubt the €10,000 award will support these local groups in continuing to deliver creative responses to their own unique community challenges.”
Caroline Goulding, Director and Data Protection Officer at TikTok, said:
"At TikTok our goal is to inspire creativity and to bring joy, so we're delighted to see 10 inspirational and deserving community groups receive €10,000 each from the St. Patrick's Festival x TikTok Creative Fund. We believe that arts and culture are essential for enriching, nourishing, and illuminating our communities, so we're pleased that this fund and our TikTok masterclass will help to nurture creativity in these communities across Ireland for years to come."
Anna McGowan, Interim Director of St. Patrick’s Festival, said:
“We’re delighted to support 10 wonderful community groups to connect with their communities through art and creativity with the St. Patrick’s Festival x TikTok Creative Fund. Each organisation has their own unique history and personality and responds to the needs of their members and communities in distinct and creative ways. We look forward to guiding these community groups throughout the creative process and sharing that experience with the wider public in next year’s St. Patrick’s Festival’s celebrations.”
These ten groups from eight counties across Ireland will also be invited to participate in a special community focused TikTok masterclass, where they can develop and enhance their storytelling skills through the TikTok platform and learn how best to harness the potential of social storytelling to communicate with their audiences.
The artistic journey of each community group, from selection through to the presentation of their creative project, will be captured and shared on both St. Patrick’s Festival and TikTok platforms. A selection of work will also be showcased to Ireland and the world during the national St. Patrick’s Festival in March 2022. Details of the Festival will be announced in the coming months.
PHOTO: Caroline Goulding, Director and Data Protection Officer at TikTok; and Anna McGowan, Interim Director of St. Patrick’s Festival pictured with St. Patrick’s Festival x TikTok Creative Fund recipient group representatives Vlad Gurdis from Freshly Ground Theatre and Justine Nantale from Discovery Gospel Choir. TikTok and St. Patrick’s Festival were announcing the recipients of the €100,000 St. Patrick’s Festival x TikTok Creative Fund, which has been awarded to ten community groups and charitable organisations across Ireland from counties Dublin, Cork, Offaly, Louth, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Cavan and Donegal.
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