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Cork City

Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022

A heritage city with a proud maritime history and a dedication to innovation in the arts, Cork City’s long-standing support of community creativity has earned it a substantial reputation as a hotbed of culture.

The city of Cork has produced many thinkers, creatives and trailblazers, from scientists George Boole, Dr Vincent Barry and John Tyndall, to writers Frank O’Connor, Seán Ó Ríordáin, and Sean O’Faolain, revolutionary thinkers Thomas Davis and Terence McSwiney, artists John Barry and Seamus Murphy, opera singers Cara O'Sullivan and Mary Hegarty, and musicians Aloys Fleischmann, Seán Ó Riada and Rory Gallagher.

A city of inspiration, Cork’s cultural diversity is reflected in its support for all aspects of the arts, with institutions such as The Cork School of Music, the Triskel Arts Centre and the Crawford College of Art and Design providing just a few of the many and varied outlets for creative expression. Annual events like the Cork Jazz Festival ensure that the “rebel city” remains a hub for artistry and imagination.

A city of inspiration, Cork’s cultural diversity is reflected in its support for all aspects of the arts, with institutions such as The Cork School of Music, the Triskel Arts Centre and the Crawford College of Art and Design providing just a few of the many and varied outlets for creative expression. 

With the Creative Ireland programme centred around themes of identity, culture and citizenship, Cork City’s contribution to the initiative’s five-year journey has been extending its unique influence since the implementation of its plans in 2017.

Find out more about #CreativeCommunities in Cork City with Alex's video below.

Alex, Creative Communities