The draft Framework Policy for Éire Ildánach/Culture 2025, Ireland's first ever national cultural policy, was published today (20 July 2016) by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD. The draft policy will now be submitted to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts for its input and consideration.
Éire Ildánach/Culture 2025 outlines a number of key values including:
The intrinsic value of culture
The value of culture to our lives and our communities
The right of everyone to participate in the cultural life of the nation
The importance of the Irish language, our cultural heritage, folklore, games, music and the uniqueness of our Gaeltacht areas
The value of cultural diversity, informed by the many traditions and social backgrounds now in Ireland
The value of culture as a means of fostering a more sustainable future for Ireland, including through economic and social policy
The value of culture in presenting Ireland to the worldPublication of Culture 2025 was identified as a priority in the Programme for a Partnership Government.
Under seven core pillars, the framework Policy document - which form the basis of the approach and emerge from work by the steering group and the broader expert group following feedback from the public consultation process - sets out a series of priority measures for implementation across Government and public bodies, including:
Examining the systems and structures that support arts and culture;
Increasing citizen participation in the arts;
Progressively increasing funding to arts and culture as the economy improves, in line with the commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government;
Consideration of how to encourage non-Governmental funding support;
Examining existing systems to ensure that more people can follow a sustainable career path in the cultural and heritage sectors;
Improving collaboration within the cultural sector and between the cultural sector and wider civil society;
Building on support for Irish culture on the world stage,
Consideration of how cultural exchange can help build and maintain strong connections on the island of Ireland and between Britain and Ireland.
Minister Humphreys has also announced that she intends to hold an Annual Cultural Consultation Day, similar to the successful cultural workshop which was held in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham last year as part of the Culture 2025 consultation process.
Click here to view and download a copy of the Framework Policy.
To view a copy of the IMA's written submission to the Culture 2025 discussion document, click here.