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What We Do

We support the mainstreaming of culture and creativity in our lives, our communities and our society.

One of the great advantages of Creative Ireland is that we are required to be imaginative in what we do, to embody what we espouse. That means we encourage ourselves and others to think differently, to try things out, to be innovative, to be solutions-focused. Quite simply, we enjoy and value being creative and enabling others to be so too.

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Creative Nation

Ireland is a seedbed of imagination where ideas are born and flourish, an island on the edge. From Seamus Heaney to Sally Rooney, Hozier and The Gloaming to Simone Rocha, generations of Irish artists and creatives have forged a new understanding of Ireland and Irish creativity.

In international fashion houses, new media companies, publishing houses, theatres, cinemas and cities, Irish artists, architects, software developers and product designers are global innovators and change-makers.

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Creative Communities

Harnessing the creative potential of our people and communities is a cornerstone of the Creative Ireland Programme. Participating in creative and cultural activities has a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing. It also supports social cohesion and builds a sense of belonging and pride of place. All over the country, people are working together to transform their communities, their lives and their environment.

Building on the success of the partnership with the local authorities for Ireland 2016, the Creative Ireland Programme established a Culture and Creativity Team in each of the 31 local authorities.



Aiming to “give every child practical access to tuition, experience and participation in art, music, drama and coding by 2022”, the Creative Youth Plan sets out how we will meet the overall Programme objectives for children and young people.

Creative Youth aims to increase opportunities for activity and participation, and to influence public policy around creativity in both formal education and out-of-school settings. We want to create a place where knowledge and creativity are equal partners in the formation of our young people, giving them an opportunity to become creative, active citizens.

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