Irish Central (www.irishcentral.com), the largest Irish diaspora website in the world, will be highlighting the South Dublin Creative Ireland programme on their website next Monday 11th September.
The feature highlights events directly related to 2017 Creative Ireland South Dublin activities, as well as associated events.
Irish Central is the largest Irish diaspora website in the world with 3.5 million visitors per month, 2.1 million of whom are based in the US.
Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016 – running from 2017 to 2022 that places creativity at the centre of public policy.
Local Authorities are one of the key drivers of the Creative Ireland initiative with each Council charged with devising Local Culture and Creativity Plans.
Highlights of the South Dublin Culture and Creativity Plan include the Artist & Creatives Collaborative Practice Award, with a €15,000 prize for the successful project proposal, the Red Line Book Festival and the Unwrapped Winter Festival, an outdoor spectacle event featuring 300 children, young people and adults from South Dublin County’s youth, schools and community arts groups.
Daniel McLoughlin, Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council, said,
“Through its policies and the commitment of public resources, South Dublin County Council contributes to the development of the cultural vitality of the county.
“The Council invests significantly in culture in the context of wellbeing, the quality of life of our citizens and as a visitor destination.
“The Creative Ireland Programme offers a very real opportunity to reinforce the proud tradition we have in the county for fostering and promoting creativity within the arts.
“Culture plays an essential role in the lives of our communities and our Creative Ireland plan gives expression to the rich traditional cultural identities native to our locality and the 120 different nationalities that are now part of our community.”
Orla Scannell, South Dublin Arts Officer, said,
“We have a strong foundation for creative participation in the County. The Creative Ireland South Dublin programme raises the profile of these initiatives and promotes new ones that will result in wider community engagement”