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Cork City

Cork City is Ireland’s second city, and has long recognised culture as one of the city’s most important assets. With a proud legacy from 2005, as a European Capital of Culture, Cork is home to Crawford Gallery, Cork Opera House, The Everyman Theatre, Triskel Christchurch, Firkin Crane, the Glucksman Gallery, and many other cultural organisations. Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork Film Festival, Cork International Choral Festival, World Book Festival, Cork Short Story Festival, and Cork Folk Festival are only some of the festivals that have earned Cork a reputation as a city of Festivals.

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Ardú – Animating Cork with World-class Street Art

Ardú is a Street Art initiative in Cork city that brings world-class visual street art to the people of Cork, and in the process provides a platform for local and Irish street artists. Ardú aims to make the medium of Street Art even more accessible to the public through dialogue, workshops and tours.

The Walls Project

Open Video

Culture and Creativity Team

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Paul Moynihan

Director of Service

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Adrienne Rodgers

Director of Services

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Michelle Carew

Creative Ireland Co-Ordinator

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Patricia Looney

Library

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Dan Breen

Museum

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Brian Magee

Archivist

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Niamh Twomey

Heritage

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Chris Dorgan

Irish Language

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Tony Duggan

City Architect

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Denis Barrett

City of Learning

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Liam Casey

Recreation

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Siobhán Clancy

Arts Office

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Michelle Considine

Arts Office

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Elmarie McCarthy

Tourism

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Mary Walsh

Environmental Education

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David O'Brien

Library

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Sandra O'Meara

Rapid/Community

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Ciara Brett

Archaeology

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Paul McGuirk

Head of Enterprise

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Our Strategy

Cork City Council has seen how the Creative Ireland programme over the last number of years has engaged the citizens of the city. These programmes engage with artists, creatives, cultural and heritage organisations, community groups, the creative industries, centres of education, and schools. The Creative Cork City programme ensures our cultural heritage and our contemporary creativity reaches international audiences, bring people together, and create a platform for discovery, celebration, creation, discussion, learning, engagement and participation. The importance of culture to the city is well understood. Working together in partnership is the best way to ensure that these innovative, vibrant, creative practices are taken to all of our citizens. ...

This is why Cork City’s Cultural Team has agreed to work in a particular way – together. The funding from Creative Ireland is allocated through the team to projects that are multi-disciplinary, meaning that members of the team work together, and with the wider cultural sector, to develop meaningful projects. Creative Cork and the Cork City Council Cultural Team recognise the principles of Collaboration, Communication, Community, Participation, Inclusivity and Empowerment. As a local authority these principles underpin our approach to delivering our services, and in particular our Creative Cork programme. Cork City Council’s Culture Team recognise the primary value of the Creative Ireland Programme is an opportunity for working together across many cultural disciplines, in partnership with communities and our citizenship.

Strategic Priorities for Cork City Council;

1. Invest in long term engagement in creative collaboration.
2. Recognise youth culture as a creative force and an art form for Cork City.
3. Creatively engage our citizens in Archaeology, built, natural and cultural heritage.
4. Creatively use our public space for our communities through one large scale cultural public event each year.
5. Recognise Cork City as an intercultural city.
6. Recognise the contribution of Cork creatives to Cork’s identity as a city of culture.

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