11.2.4 The Strategic Approach

The Cultural Vision for Dublin

Culture is central to human development, central to Dublin’s quality of life and its relationship with Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world.

It is a priority for Dublin City Council that the city is and will be a space to make, experience and share culture. Culture is valued for building community, developing the economy and enabling empowerment and change through imagination.

Leading, developing and working in partnership, Dublin City Council will create opportunities for all citizens to equally engage in inclusive and diverse cultural experiences.

Dublin was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in July 2010, following an extensive and inclusive application process led by Dublin City Council.

In order to build on and develop the city’s renowned cultural life and legacy, the strategic approach of this development plan is to: ­

  • Develop leadership and partnership in developing the cultural life of the city.­
  • Promote the enhancement of existing cultural assets and the development of emerging cultural clusters and character areas.
  • Support the development and location of cultural facilities, including integrated artist accommodation and working space, across the city and make the city’s cultural life accessible to all.­
  • Create a city that is attractive to international talent and that continues to be recognised as a hub of vibrant culture
  • Improve the quality of the public realm to build on the character of the city’s built heritage and provide opportunities to bring culture into public spaces ­
  • Assist Dublin UNESCO City of Literature’s ambition to support, animate and develop the designation in the interests of the resident and visitor to Dublin.