Culture 2025 – Éire Ildánach
The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Ms. Heather Humphreys TD, has presented to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs for consideration a draft version of the proposed new National Cultural Framework Policy, now titled Culture 2025 / Éire Ildánach (you can download it here). The related Press Release may be found here.
Publication of Culture 2025 was identified as a Priority in the Government Programme.
The document sets out an overarching vision and framework for the future and outlines the priorities for action over the coming years. Through this Framework Policy, the Government seeks to nurture creativity, boost citizen participation, help more people to follow a sustainable career in the cultural sector, promote Ireland’s cultural wealth and ensure a cultural contribution to wider social and economic goals.
Following consideration of the document by the Joint Oireachtas Committee it will be submitted to Government for approval.
Publication of the policy will be followed up with the development of a cross sectoral plan, which will be guided by the priorities set out in this document.
As a first step, all relevant bodies will be asked to respond to the challenges of meeting the aims of this Policy Framework, and to set out how they will respond within their area to the opportunities presented by greater engagement with our culture and cultural heritage. This will involve Government departments, State agencies (in the areas of arts, film, broadcasting, heritage, Irish language and Gaeltacht etc), the cultural institutions and the local government sector.
Workshops will be held as required to assist in the preparation of the proposed action plan. This next phase will also be informed by continued engagement with the public, stakeholders and the Oireachtas, building on the process that has led to the formulation of this document.
Evolution of Document
A colloquium of cultural stakeholders took place in the Royal Irish Academy on 25th May 2015 to consider a draft discussion paper, which was prepared by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
In order to facilitate this development of this policy document, DAHG held a series of local workshops to enable people across the country to have their views heard. Meetings took place in Cavan, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny and Dublin. The Dublin event followed the participative World Café model and was held under the Open Public Debates programme.
Over 600 people have attended the consultation events and 217 written submissions have been received. The closing date for written submissions was 31st October 2015.
The notes from the regional meetings and the written submissions have been examined in detail and this draft framework policy has been discussed and agreed by the Steering Group.
The discussion paper that informed this consultation may be downloaded here.