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Cruinniú na nÓg, Cork City Pic Darragh Kane

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.

Music Generation Cork City and Beag, an arts programme based in childcare centres, are innovative cultural programmes that ensure quality arts experiences for young people. Corks St Patrick’s Day parade is famed for its friendliness, while Cork Community Artlink and Dowtcha Puppets work with many communities around the city to ensure that the parade is very inclusive. Corcadorca and Graffiti Theatre Company are internationally recognised theatre companies firmly rooted in the city. Cork City and County Archives, and Cork Public Museum, both connect us to our past. Cork is proud of its cultural heritage and the city has ensured that heritage buildings have been sensitively repurposed for cultural use. Elizabeth Fort, St Peters, St Lukes, the National Sculpture Factory and Wandsford Quay Complex provide a combination of artist support spaces and public access to culture.

This is a city that has a history of international connection, and a strong tradition of creative excellence. Cork has produced many thinkers, creatives and innovators, and remains a city of cultural creativity and innovation. The influences of scientists George Boole, Dr Vincent Barry and John Tyndall, writers Frank O’Connor, Seán Ó Ríordáin, and Sean O’Faolain, revolutionary thinkers Thomas Davis and Terence McSwiney, artists John Barry and Seamus Murphy, religious philanthropists Nano Nagle and Fr Mathew, musicians Aloys Fleischmann, Seán Ó Riada and Rory Gallagher continue to inspire generations.

Contemporary practitioners across all disciplines ensure that Cork remains a place of cultural originality. Third level training in all art forms, including art and design, architecture, film, music, theatre and literature is offered at very high levels in the city. University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology ensure that there is a vibrant exchange between academics, students and the cultural sector across the city. A City of Learning, Cork has a commitment to life-long learning.

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Creative Parks with Cork Midsummer Festival

Each year over the life of the Creative Ireland Project Cork Midsummer Festival works with the Culture Team to place a creative day into a local park. Working with the Arts, Community, Heritage and Parks section a park is chosen each year.

The Walls Project

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Culture and Creativity Team

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Paul Moynihan

Director of Service

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Adrienne Rodgers

Director of Service

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Michelle Carew

Creative Ireland Co-Ordinator

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Liam Ronayne

Library

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Dan Breen

Museum

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Brian Magee

Archive

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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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Pat Ruane

Conservation Officer

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Denis Barrett

City of Learning

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Liam Casey

Recreation

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Tony Power

Social Inclusion

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Fiona Browne

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

Rapid / Community

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Sandra O'Meara

Rapid/Community

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Ciara Brett

Archaeology

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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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