Join the Friends of Hinterland

By supporting, as a Friend at any level you’ll help make an event which runs almost entirely on voluntary energy – happen. Hinterland was born out of our aim to create a Festival entirely of our own. Having graduated from a happy four years’ partnership with the Hay Festival, we forged our way independently in the world and are very excited about our 2019 programme of events.

As a Friend you’ll be helping fund the Festival itself – from venue hire, to printing, to bunting, transport and tech, we need funds to make it happen. Our budget is raised through grant aid, sponsorship - and donations.

Our Friends also support by sharing ideas, feedback, and input into the Festival itself. By learning we’ll grow, improve and create a permanent presence for the Kells Hinterland Festival in Ireland’s cultural calendar.

As well as the warm good feelings that come from joining a community of Festival friends, membership comes with benefits. Here are the details on what you can expect as a Hinterland Friend.

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Friend Membership €50

  • Invitation to Festival Launch
  • Two free tickets to an event of your choice
  • Access to priority Friends' seating at events (subject to availability)
  • Invitation to special Festival Evening for Friends and Guests

Gold Membership €100

  • Invitation to Festival Launch
  • Four free tickets to an event of your choice
  • Access to priority Friends' seating at events (subject to availability)
  • Invitation to special Festival Evening for Friends and Guests

Festival Patron €250

  • Invitation to Festival Launch
  • Festival Pass – access to all events
  • Access to priority Friends' seating at events (subject to availability)
  • Invitation to special Festival Evening for Friends and Guests
  • Hinterland T-shirt & Tote Bag

Festival Benefactor €500+

  • Invitation to Festival Launch
  • Festival Pass for 2 – access to all events
  • Access to priority Friends' seating at events (subject to availability)
  • Invitation to special Festival Evening for Friends and Guests
  • Dinner (for 2) with authors & committee on one evening during festival
  • Name listed on signage at Ticket Office
  • Hinterland T-shirt & Tote Bag

If you'd like to donate more to support the Festival in Kells, you can reach us through our office at +353 (0)89 436 9868, or by email at heather@hinterland.ie

You can download an application form here.

Free Tickets

With all Friend & Gold Friend Memberships you can redeem your free tickets by calling +353 (0)89 436 9868 or by email to heather@hinterland.ie or at Festival Box Office. Free tickets can be obtained for a single event or multiple events, but are not available for Fred Cooke or Matthew Gilsenan evening events. Advance booking may be required for some events.

Priority Booking

The full programme and tickets released on-line only to Friends for initial period of 24 hours. Friends will receive email notification of this release.

Friends Seating

Front of House seating is reserved for Friends at events. We advise that you arrive early to ensure you get your seat.