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06 Sep 2010

Culture Ireland

Culture Ireland is the state agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide, working under the aegis of the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. Culture Ireland creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals, venues, showcases and markets.

Culture Ireland’s purpose is to:

  • ensure that diverse contemporary Irish cultural practice is understood and valued internationally

  • achieve international recognition for the strength of artistic and creative work produced in Ireland

  • build relationships with a broad range of cultural organisations, at home and abroad, so as to ensure that Irish cultural practice both informs and is influenced by current international debates on culture

  • advise the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the government on international cultural issues and on the development of Ireland's international cultural relations


Culture Ireland operates a quarterly funding scheme [February, May, August and November] to support the international presentation of work by Irish artists and companies. Applications are accepted from both participating artists and from international presenters.

In addition, Culture Ireland presents showcases of Irish work at key arts events and markets including Arts Presenters [APAP] New York, the Edinburgh Festivals, and the Venice Biennale.

Culture Ireland also operates, a scheme designed to enable Irish artists and companies to invite international presenters, curators and promoters to see new Irish work available for touring.

Culture Ireland promotes Irish arts worldwide. Culture Ireland creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals and venues. They also develop platforms to present outstanding Irish work to international audiences, through showcases at key global arts events, including the Edinburgh Festivals, the Venice Biennales and special initiatives such as the Imagine Ireland initiative in the United States (2011) and Culture Connects, the Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland's Presidency of the EU (2013).

Culture Ireland offers financial support for Irish artists, arts organisations and cultural practitioners to:

  • present and promote their work at key international venues and festivals

  • develop new and diverse international audiences and markets

  • participate in international networking events


Culture Ireland supports international showcases by:

  • presenting a range of artform showcases at key international arts markets

  • developing new platforms and building influence and opportunities for Irish artists at important arts industry events

  • working with artists and presenting partners to co-ordinate and promote Irish participation in key international cultural events


Culture Ireland supports the development of Ireland's international cultural policy by:

  • advising the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and other government departments on arts and culture policy

  • building relationships and networks with arts and cultural organsiations, relevant public bodies, state agencies and government departments at home and abroad

  • working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to ensure that cultural affairs are effectively promoted whilst strengthening Ireland’s cultural networks abroad