The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Tuesday) announced details of regional consultation meetings which will take place as part of the formation of Culture 2025, Ireland’s first national cultural policy. Minister Humphreys published a discussion document on Culture 2025 in August and announced a public consultation process.
Regional consultation meetings will be held in five locations – Cavan, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Kilkenny - in the coming weeks, with the consultation process finishing with a symposium in Dublin in mid-October. The meetings have been organised in conjunction with Local Authority Arts Officers. Full details of the meetings are included below.
Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:
“The development of our first ever national cultural policy is an important opportunity for everyone to have their say on what we want to achieve over the next decade. Setting out high level aims up to 2025 will help to protect and promote our unique and varied culture, and encourage new cultural forms to flourish.
“I view the development of Culture 2025 as a chance to reflect the important role that culture plays in our lives. It should also help to create a platform for bringing together the various cultural bodies and groups at a local, regional and national level. The series of local workshops to be held in the coming weeks will ensure people across the country are given an opportunity to have their views heard.
“As a high level document, Culture 2025 will set a framework for future strategies and will be underpinned by the principle of upholding and supporting artistic freedom. The discussion document which I published last month poses a series of questions aimed at stimulating debate and identifying both challenges and opportunities.
“My Department facilitated a colloquium of cultural stakeholders at the end of May, which informed the development of this Discussion Document. Now, we are in the next phase of the nationwide consultation process. I want Ireland’s first national cultural policy to be led by those involved in the sector and those who feel passionately about the arts. I would encourage interested members of the public to attend the public meetings where possible or alternatively to submit their comments in writing by 30th September 2015. ”
The public meetings are as follows:
Cavan, Town Hall – 15th September 2015 at 2.30pm
Cork, City Hall: - 25th September 2015.
Galway, Town Hall Theatre – 2nd October 2015.
Limerick, Hunt Museum - 8th October 2015.
Kilkenny, City Offices – 13th October 2015.
Dublin, Great Hall, Royal Hospital Kilmainham (Irish Museum of Modern Art) – Monday 19th October.
Details of these meetings and on how to register for them are available at: http://www.ahg.gov.ie/en/Culture/Culture2025/
A copy of the Culture 2025 Discussion Document is also available on this website.
To register for an event, please click here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YTQMNLC as places may be limited.
Submissions on Culture 2025 can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to:
Cultural Institutions Unit
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht