In this most turbulent of years, we are extremely grateful to those funders who have already pledged their support. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the biggest supporter of the Festival thanks to funding from the National Lottery.

Our sponsors have proven to be more enlightened than ever as they have maintained support for our work. Translink have even increased their support this year and we are forever grateful that we have the backing of a company committed to promoting public transport and reducing the carbon footprint of Northern Ireland. Writers’ Square will be home to the Young EnterTRAINers and AmBUSadors programme with 10 youth and community groups taking part this year making it the biggest festival celebration of youth circus in the UK.

Ramada Encore have stepped up once again as our official Accommodation Partner offering great nights and fabulous food not just for our artists but also for you, our audiences.

Arts & Business have been amazing in matching the support we get from our sponsors and we are celebrating the award of the Arts and Business Sustainable Partnership Award for the collaboration between Translink and Festival of Fools.

We are pleased to have the support of 17 restaurants offering superb deals for families as part of the Festival of Foods.

We are delighted to have Premiere Circus joined by Experience Circus as the latest supporters of the Festival.