14 Dec 2017

1st Creative Ireland Forum focuses on Culture, Wellbeing and the Creative Society

The first-ever Creative Ireland Forum has taken place in historic Dublin Castle on 13th December. Looking to the future, at a time when innovation and imagination are becoming increasingly valuable cultural currency, this conference aimed to stimulate discussion around the policy choices being made to ensure everyone’s creative potential is fully realised.

Bringing together a comprehensive programme of contributors including An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan, EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, Cartoon Saloon co-founder and Oscar-nominee Paul Young and Cork-based designer Joseph Walsh, the conference aimed to illustrate the importance of an all-of-government approach to Ireland’s creativity and wellbeing.

In an exploration of cross-government, intersecting actions and initiatives, the conference focused on three broad policy areas: the critical importance of a cultural and creative education; the role of culture in health and wellbeing; and the connections between the arts, culture and the creative industries.

The conference was officially opened by Minister Madigan with a keynote address by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D., who has outlined the importance of an integrated approach to the Creative Ireland Programme in ensuring lifelong creativity for all Irish citizens.

Session 1 of the forum focused on creativity’s vital role in education, followed by Session 2, exploring how fostering creativity in culture contributes to the health and wellbeing of both the individual in society and society at large.

On this topic, Minister Madigan says:

Healthy Ireland, the Government’s long-term health strategy, recognises that health is socially produced and that all sectors of society have a role to play in promoting health and wellbeing.

There is now a substantial body of Irish and international evidence showing how the arts – and indeed all forms of creative and cultural activity – contribute to health and wellbeing, and counter the negative effects of social disadvantage.”

The day’s final session looked at the compelling links between the arts, culture and creative industries like film, television and animation, design, theatre and more.

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To complement the event, The Irish Times issued a supplement on the Creative Ireland Forum

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