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Building Creative Communities – Cork City Council welcomes major creativity initiative

Enabling creativity in every community is a core pillar of the Creative Ireland Programme, an ambitious five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which will place our strongest assets – our culture and creative communities - at the centre of public policy. In 2016, Cork City Council demonstrated their unique capacity to activate and support community engagement and participation in marking the Centenary year through a wide range of arts, culture and heritage initiatives. 

Creative Ireland aims to build on this success by leading on the development of a dedicated Culture and Creativity plan for Cork City based on the premise that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing.  2017 will see a special focus on enhancing the work the City Council is already engaged in to increase public access. 

A network of highly experienced arts officers, heritage officers and librarians has been set up across all 31 local authorities to lead on each county’s Creative Ireland Programme and a series of public meetings is being held to share ideas, develop collaborations and explore opportunities for increased investment in local arts, culture and creative industries. Some additional funding to support the initiative has been made available through the Creative Ireland Programme in 2017 with the potential for further investment over the next four years. Jean Brennan has been appointed Creative Ireland co-ordinator for Cork City Council.

In addition, all the agencies of Government, including national cultural institutions, state agencies, Government Departments, organisations, individuals and communities will be activated to embed creativity across all aspects of their work – and use that creative potential to foster collective wellbeing and social cohesion.

Cork City Council and the Creative Ireland national team will host an open meeting on 2nd May 2017 at 6pm in the Concert Hall, Cork City Hall to share details about the Creative Ireland Programme and to explore opportunities to increase access, engagement and collaboration in the local arts and creative industries from 2018 to 2022.

Speaking in advance of the public meeting, Ann Doherty, Chief Executive, Cork City Council said:

“Cork City Council welcomes the Government Creative Ireland initiative, a programme that aims to put culture and creativity at the heart of government policy.  Cork City Council has long believed in a vibrant cultural sector as a key pillar for Cork City. Cork City has a proud legacy from 2005, as a European City of Culture, and Cork City Council recognises and values that legacy.  This programme allows the cultural contribution of Cork City Council to be highlighted and shared with the wider community, and to add to these services, encouraging deeper and wider community engagement.” 

Full details of the Creative Ireland Programme are available at

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