Each year it is getting harder to find the funding to keep this wonderful Festival fun filled and free. Cuts to public funding have seen our budget cut by more than 20% in recent years, find but we have still managed to put together an amazing line up this year thanks to funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery programme and from Tourism NI. We are delighted to announce that sponsorship from business has increased yet again this year as we welcome support from Translink for the fifth year in succession – supporting more young people than ever before to take part in this international street festival through the Young AmBUSadors and Young EnterTRAINers programme. The Ramada Encore are our official Accommodation Partners for the second year running and we would like to invite you to Pamper yourselves at the end of the day in the SQ Bar & Grill to the accompaniment of the crazy Slampampers.
A big thanks goes out to Arts & Business NI for their continued support and encouragement to sponsors investing in this Festival of Fools. The Festival of Foods just seems to go from strength to strength and this year, here as part of the NI Year of Food and Drink, we now have 17 restaurants and bars taking part and offering you some of the finest food and best deals ever. We would urge you all to repay their generous support and choose to eat and drink with our Festival of Foods partners throughout the year rather than any others you might pass on your way. We are grateful for the support of Premiere Circus once again for providing some of our artists and for letting us use their computer! There are other logos on this page, but at the time of writing, we have not had confirmation of funding due to crazy timescales which lead to decisions not being made until after the programme is printed and paid for!