Local Live Performance Scheme Round 3


Laois County Council announces Local Live Performance Programming Scheme. This is funded under the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media LLPPS Round 3 scheme and administered by the Arts Office, Laois County Council. The programme is open for projects and events running up to the end of June 2022

The funding can be used to support employment and wellbeing in the arts and culture sectors through the provision of live performances by engaging the services of professional artists, musicians, producers, crew and other staff members involved in live performances for the period to June 2022.

Part of the funding must be applied to support local and community pantomime programmes in light of the recent restrictions on live performance capacities.

Up to €143.000 can be allocated to Laois County Council to facilitate programming of live performances up to the end of June 2022.  The funding intended will allow for the procurement by local authorities of performances by local performers. Local authorities may engage events companies or curators to develop and deliver a programme of performances.


The funding scheme enables events happening throughout the County and in multiple settings. This proposal includes a commitment to ensure that activities are dispersed, that they provide meaningful creative opportunities for artists and performers, and, that audiences are given the chance to enjoy a music and live performance  programme which celebrates Laois talent and performers who collaborate and enjoy associations with the County.

We are seeking proposals for events including pantomime, performances, pageants, concerts, arts organisations producers and individuals can apply.

We are seeking proposals from producers to coordinate elements of the programme

  • Technical
  • Staging, sound, film, lighting etc

The Laois Local Live Performance Scheme Phase 3 aims to support the creation of employment opportunities for local professional artists and musicians of all performance genres, cinematographers, technicians, crew, staging, lighting, sound engineers and other support staff working in the live commercial arts and culture sectors in County Laois.

Laois County Council will accept applications by way of an email to artsoff@laoiscoco.ie, Please include a description of your proposal and the amount of funding you wish to apply for by Tuesday 25th January at 12 noon.

Enquiries about proposals can be addressed to the Laois Arts Office  artsoff@laoiscoco.ie Please include a contact name and phone number. You will receive a response after 10th January 2022.


The scheme is open to events including pantomime, performances, pageants, concerts.

  • The scheme is open to producers, professional performers, artists and musicians and technical services
  • All genres of performance are invited to apply (music, dance, circus, spectacle, street art, performance art).
  • Performers / Musicians/Artists must live in or work in Laois County.
  • Activities will be scheduled in various indoor and outdoor locations in the period February to June 2022.
  • Owing to the nature of the public element a particular emphasis will be placed on weekends and some flexibility around dates may be required
  • All applicants agree to abide by health and safety requirements.



  • Performers can expect to receive fees in line with The Arts Council’s Fair and Equitable Remuneration of Artists. The performers will be paid their going/asking rate for soloists and bands in line with the available budget
  • Producers and Technicians can expect to receive the going rate for services.


  • The events will be free to members of the public to attend.
  • Audience capacity will be in in line with prevailing restrictions and Covid regulations.
  • Please apply with expressions of interest by email to artsoff@laoiscoco.ie by Tuesday 25th January at 12 noon . Please include LLPPS 3 on the subject matter in the email.



Laois Local Live Performance On Screen

A very special film screening event was held in Dunamaise Theatre on Thursday 25th November.  Two collections of short films were screened, Laois is Live and The Centre is Where It’s At. The films were commissioned by Laois Arts Office and funded by the Funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Local Live Performance Scheme and were filmed in the County from August to October.  They showcased many of the outstanding performers living and working in Laois, the county which nurtures their many talents. These are performers who have just been starting to re-emerge and perform again after extended lockdowns. The audience, at the screening, responded with great enthusiasm to the familiar sites and to the diverse range of performances featuring spoken word, music, song, poetry, dance and performance art and feature some well known performers including, folk legends Cua, renowned trad band Goitse, X-Factor contestant Seorisa, world class traditional dancers, Ciara and Jean Kavanagh and aean nós Singer Paddy Fitzpatrick. Poet and Aosdána member Pat Boran pays a very heartfelt homage to the Rock of Dunamaise, in his highly evocative film On A Wave of Light.

Liz Kelly Producer; Muireann Ni Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer and Vincent O’Shea, Producer at the Laois Local Live Performance Film Screenings in the Dunamaise Arts Centre of films commissioned by the Laois County CouncilÕs Arts Office and funded by the Department of Tourism Culture, Arts Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, Local Live Performance Scheme.
Picture: Alf Harvey.


Leas Cathaoirleach  of Laois County Council, Cllr John Joe Fennelly and Arts Officer

Colm Phelan and Aaron Mackassey performing at the Laois Local Live Performance Film Screenings in the Dunamaise Arts Centre of films commissioned by the Laois County CouncilÕs Arts Office and funded by the Department of Tourism Culture, Arts Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, Local Live Performance Scheme.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Muireann Ní Chonaill addressed the audience, highlighting the government funded Laois Local Live Public Performance  Scheme (LLPPS) and the County’s unique approach to the project which saw the production of performance films throughout the County:

“We celebrate the creativity and the collaborations the artists made with the film makers, and the wide showcase of the talent and  depth of artistic practice in Laois. The film makers rose to the challenge of making performance films of long-term value to the artists, as they relaunch their work in a public forum in these challenging times, which have hurt the creative industry so much. The films highlight the deep connection the artists and performers have with their locale, and their pride in identifying with the County. I hope that the artists and film makers found the experience a fruitful one.”

Arts Officer, Muireann Ní Chonaill acknowledged the 76 performers and artists featured in the films and thanked film makers, Louis Deacy, Naoise Kettle, Reuben Harvey, Pat Boran, David Holland, South Paw Films and Sofft Day Media.

In similar sentiments Leas Cathaoirleach  of Laois Co Co John Joe Fennelly expressed his congratulations and gratification at “seeing our performers and our county showcased in such a beautiful way; introducing the great outdoors, the Slieve Blooms mountains, the public gardens, the bogs, and the rich built heritage and monuments we have in our county to a wider audience.” He also took the opportunity to announce that Laois would benefit from a second round of funding under the LLPS scheme, which would see many more opportunities to support performers and provide live entertainment in the coming weeks.

The films are available to watch online @……..Further information available from Vincent O’Shea 0872384599