£300k cash injection spells Happy Days for Beckett Festival
The immediate future of the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival in Northern Ireland has been secured with a £300,000 grant from the TS Eliot Trust.
The announcement coincides with the opening of this year’s 12-day event, which will see first visits to Ireland by the Berliner Ensemble and the Maguy Marin dance company from France. Other participating artists include directors Max Stafford-Clark and Sophie Hunter, actors Adrian Dunbar and Stephen Rea and mezzo-soprano Ruby Philogene.
Sean Doran, who founded the festival in 2012, said the award “has put much-needed wind in our sails”.
He added: “The timing of the TS Eliot estate’s philanthropy has been critical to our survival and to mounting this year’s festival. As part of the Northern Ireland arts scene and in the climate of the current funding cuts we are extremely grateful for this timely generosity and intervention. The award has essentially helped to secure three more years for the festival alongside the continued support of our existing partners and donors.”
Doran was this week named as the director of a new festival celebrating writer Brian Friel.