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.
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.