Creative Ireland Programme 2017 - 2022

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The Creative Ireland programme /Clár Éire Ildánach, launched by the Government last December, is a culture-based programme designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. Creative Ireland is the Government’s legacy programme for Ireland 2016 – a five year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.

Creative Ireland will prioritise children’s access to art, music, drama and coding; enhance the provision of culture and creativity in every community; further develop Ireland as a global hub for film and TV production; empower and support our artists; drive investment in our cultural institutions; and further enhance our global reputation abroad.
Each local authority in the country, including Dublin City Council, has established a local Creative Ireland Team. The Dublin City team draws its members from the Archaeology, City Architects, City Arts Office, City Parks, Community, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin City Public Libraries and Archives, Events, Heritage, International Relations and Social Inclusion, Local Enterprise Office to lead on the Creative Ireland Programme.

Creative Ireland is built around five pillars:

  1. Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child
  2. Enabling Creativity in Every Community
  3. Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure
  4. Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production
  5. Unifying our Global Reputation

Enabling creativity in every community is a core pillar of the Creative Ireland Programme.

Consultation workshops were facilitated by Dublin City Council and the Creative Ireland national team during March and April, to share ideas, develop collaborations and explore opportunities for increased investment in local arts, culture and creative industries. Read a report on the workshops (PDF, 757KB). The feedback from these workshops informed the Dublin City Culture and Creativity Plan 2017.

Funding Support for Collaborative Projects 2018

The Creative Ireland Dublin City team invites applications for support to run collaborative projects or events that will promote and maximise engagement in the community. The Creative Ireland Dublin City Funding Scheme 2018 will encourage collaborative events/projects which involve wide community participation, reaching out to new audiences, linking generations, and drawing together new partnerships in cultural and creative expression.

Local authorities are leading local Creative Ireland programme delivery in the context of citizen engagement, the second pillar of the five pillar programme. A limited fund has been made available to local authorities from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to support collaborative projects which are closely aligned to the Creative Ireland Programme 2017 – 2022.

Guidelines and Criteria for application for the Creative Ireland Dublin City Funding Scheme 2018 (PDF, 113 KB)

Application Form for the Creative Ireland Dublin City Funding Scheme 2018: Application Form - PDF | Application Form - MS Word.

Closing date for submission of applications is 5pm on Friday 11th May 2018.

Cruinniú na nÓg

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD, has announced that Saturday 23rd June, 2018 will be a national day of creativity for children and young people. Cruinniú na nÓg is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is presented in partnership with the Local Authorities and RTÉ.

Cruinniú na nÓg aims to celebrate and encourage participation by children and young people in culture and creativity in their communities through a rich variety of activities including performances, theatre, art and music, creative workshops, readings and screenings, special events and much more. Events will be free and activity based with opportunities for young people to get involved in ‘doing’, ‘making’, ‘creating’ and trying new things.

Dublin City Council is delighted to launch an “open call” for artists, creative and cultural venues in the city for Cruinniú na nÓg.

The focus for Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2018 will be on activities taking place in the city’s suburbs, neighbourhoods and villages, enabling young people to access creativity where they live, in their communities, with their friends and family.

Dublin City Council, via its cultural initiative Dublin’s Culture Connects, is seeking expressions of interest from artists and makers across Dublin. Through the CREATIVE OPEN CALL, we are looking for artists, dancers, storytellers, musicians and all manner of experienced creative professionals, in any medium or artform (theatre, dance, music, opera, film, circus, performance, fashion, photography, visual arts, digital arts, literature and storytelling, architecture, street art and spectacle), with an interest in working with children/young people, to work with us on this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg.

See more information and application details.  Closing Date for Applications is 30th April 2018.

Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022

The Creative Ireland Dublin City - Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 – 2022 was approved at the Dublin City Council meeting on 9th April 2018. The Strategy will be published in May.

Culture and Creativity Plan 2017

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, launched thirty-one Local Authority Culture and Creativity Plans for 2017 as part of the Creative Ireland programme, at Dublin Castle on 25th May.

The development of Culture and Creativity Plans for every county is a cornerstone of Pillar 2 of the Creative Ireland Programme – Enabling Creativity in Every Community, encouraging communities and citizens to engage, participate and enable their creative potential.

Read the Dublin City Culture and Creativity Plan 2017.

Speaking at the launch event, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, said:
“These plans illustrate the extraordinary range of creativity in our communities and they get to the very heart of what Creative Ireland is all about: community, local empowerment, participation, collaboration.”

Thanks to everyone who stopped for a chat at our Culture and Creativity Plan 2017 showcase at the Dublin Festival of History at Dublin Castle. We were delighted to talk about our projects and programmes and hear your ideas and suggestions.

Creative Ireland Dublin Stand at Dublin Festival of History

Pictured from left: Michael O'Reilly, Creative Ireland; Barbara Dawson, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane; an tArdmhéara Míchéal Mac Donncha; Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian and Chief Executive Owen P Keegan, Dublin City Council. 

Creative Ireland Dublin City Team

Brendan Teeling, Deputy City Librarian, is the Co-ordinator for the Creative Ireland Dublin City team. Contact: 00-353-1-6744800,
The Creative Ireland Dublin City team is led by Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian. Contact: 00-353-1-6744800,

Members of the team are:

  • Barbara Dawson, Director of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
  • Charles Duggan, Dublin City Council Heritage Officer
  • Margret Glupker, City Architects
  • Ruth Johnson, City Archaeologist
  • Gráinne Kelly, International Relations & Social Inclusion
  • Alison King, Dublin City Council Events
  • Mary MacSweeney, Local Enterprise Office
  • Leslie Moore, City Parks Superintendent
  • Peadar Nolan, Community and Social Development
  • Ray Yeates, City Arts Officer

For more information on Dublin City Creative Ireland, contact Clodagh Kingston at

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