Festival & Event Training & Mentoring Programme

Festival and Events are becoming increasingly important for Rural Communities in Westmeath in terms of creating a sense of inclusion and in creating a vibrant community spirit in areas. They are also important in terms of generating income for rural communities and contributing to the overall Rural Tourism offering. 

In recognising the potential of Festivals and events to generate economic activity in rural areas Westmeath Community Development (WCD) through the Rural Development Programme has supported a number of community based Festivals in the past through provision of funding for marketing and certain equipment. These included both existing and new events such as the Streete Vintage Festival, north Westmeath International Walking Festival, Kilbeggan Knighthood Festival and the Tyrrellspass Festival.

New festival and events training and mentoring support programme

As well as providing grant aid support for community based event organisers, Westmeath Community Development is delighted to announce a new Training and Mentoring support programme for festival committees. This Programme will be delivered by leading festival experts Approved Productions headed up by Tadhg Moriarty. Approved Productions has 20 years experience in delivering supports to Festivals ranging from small community based festivals to large scale commercial Festivals. This exciting new Programme will include class room based training sessions covering important topics such as financing, marketing, safety and general management of Festivals, all very relevant to organising committees. This training programme will also give organisers the opportunity to network and liaise with others in similar circumstances where the sharing of knowledge and experiences can be just as valuable as the knowledge gained in the training sessions itself. 

 “We are very keen to see the festival sector grow in Westmeath and believe that with support organising committees can make their events sustainable in the future” outlined Bernie Leavy, Rural Development Programme Project Officer.  “We also hope that festival committees will take the promotional opportunity presented by “The Gathering” initiative in 2013 to highlight the range of events that Westmeath has to offer the visitor” she added. 

Topics covered will include Management, Finance, Marketing & PR & Safety Management. Individual Mentoring will also be provided   

Please register your interest in this training programme by contacting Bernie Leavy on 044 93 48571 or email bleavy@westcd.ie on or before Wednesday 23rd January, 2013