Creative Ireland – Creative Waterford

The Creative Ireland Programme is a culture-based wellbeing initiative which is guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential. It is a five year, all-of-Government Programme, from 2017 to 2022, to place creativity at the centre of public policy, built around five pillars:


  • Children and Youth – Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child
  • Creative Communities – Enabling Creativity in Every Community
  • Cultural Investment – Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure
  • Creative Industries – Ireland as a Centre of Creative Excellence
  • Global Reputation – A Creative and Cultural Nation

Further information on Creative Ireland is available at or on Facebook and Twitter @creativeirl.

Find out more about Waterford’s Culture and Creative Strategy:

Waterford Culture and Creative Strategy 2018 – 2022.


Building Creative Communities Workshops

The Waterford Culture Team is currently rolling out its Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 -2022 as part of the national Creative Ireland programme. As part of this process and as a core pillar of the Creative Ireland programme Waterford is working to enable creativity in every community.

To commence this process they have developed a Cultural Communities Toolkit. This Toolkit is intended to help individuals and communities alike to understand what is available to them should they wish to create new cultural or creative programmes or activities in their local area. This workshop is the first stage in building cultural communities across the county.

Who should attend?

Individuals or groups interested in developing their local culture, those building new cultural or creative programmes (e.g. drama groups, walking trail etc) Tidy Towns representatives, artists, creatives and venue managers etc.

What will I get from attending?

The workshop will provide an overview of the Cultural Communities Toolkit, allowing participants to get a better understanding of how culture can build sustainable communities, providing tips for developing successful cultural programmes which relate to specific communities and for developing successful marketing and awareness building for local events and programmes and understanding where funding can be sourced both locally and nationally to support your ideas. At the end of the workshop you will have a clearer understanding of how best to work together to enhance creativity and culture in your local area.


Building Creative Communities Workshops take place on:

  • Monday 22 October – Lismore Heritage Centre at 2:30pm
  • Tuesday 23 October – Dungarvan Arts Centre at 10:00am
  • Tuesday 23 October – Ardmore Hall at 2:30pm
  • Monday 5 November – Carbally Community Centre at 10:00am
  • Monday 5 November – Tramore Coastguard Centre at 2:30pm
  • Tuesday 6 November – Kilmacthomas Rainbow Hall at 10:00am
  • Tuesday 6 November –  St. Patricks Gateway City Centre at 2:30pm

For more information please contact Creative Waterford by email at: or by phoning: 0761 102 715.



Local Authorities launch 31 Culture and Creativity Strategies set to foster vibrant creative communities nationwide.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD., joined by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD., and Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD., launched 31 Local Authority Culture and Creativity Strategies 2018 – 2022, as part of the all-of-government Creative Ireland Programme on Wednesday 12 September, 2018.

These ambitious and innovative 5-year Culture and Creativity Strategies have been developed by the network of expert and passionate Culture Teams within the 31 Local Authorities, in consultation with artists, creatives, cultural and heritage organisations, community groups, the creative industries, centres of education and schools across the country. The Strategies embody both the spirit and practice of collaboration and shared purpose, which is at the heart of the Creative Ireland Programme. They aim to provide meaningful opportunities for citizens and local communities, together with our Local Authorities, to build, nurture and sustain our creative society.

Each Culture and Creativity Strategy sets out the vision, values and strategic priorities of each County and City Council inspired and informed by the Creative Ireland Programme. Each of the 31 Local Authority Culture and Creativity Strategies are available to download at

Find out what Waterford has in store: Waterford Culture and Creative Strategy 2018 – 2022.

Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 – 2022 Waterford










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