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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


8. Creativity and Culture

8.9 Enhancing social inclusion through culture

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  1. Fostering equality and young people involvement through cultural activities
  2. Combating discrimination and poverty through cultural activities

Fostering equality and young people involvement through cultural activities

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union applies directly to Ireland. The practice of diverse cultures is guaranteed under the Charter of Fundamental Rights and must be safeguarded unless practices conflict with other inviolable European rights or with national law.

Action 69 of the Migrant Integration Strategy 2017-2020 (Government of Ireland, 2017) states that Arts and culture programmes and policy will assist in the promotion of the arts and culture of diverse communities across Ireland. The Department of Culture, Heritage and An Gaeltacht is responsible for implementing this action.

Arts and Disability Ireland is the national development and resource organisation for arts and disability. It promotes engagement with the arts at all levels – as professional artists, audience members and arts workers – for people of all ages with disabilities of all kinds. It works towards arts programmes and arts venues becoming fully accessible experiences for all audiences. Arts and Disability Ireland also advocates for inclusive policy and practice which provides real access to all aspects of the arts for people with disabilities, and for everyone.

Through the Communities Integration Fund 2019, the Department of Justice and Equality made €526,000 available for local community projects in 2019, including €26,000 from the Office of Public Works for art-based integration projects. The Fund provides grant funding for local community projects to support the integration of migrants. All activities must involve both migrant and host communities. The maximum grant amount that can be applied for is €5,000 and the minimum grant is €1,000.

The Heritage Council has offered funding for activities that promote integration. In some cases, this funding has targeted migrants, refugees or new arrivals to Ireland.

Further cultural initiatives focusing social inclusion are discussed in Chapter 8.4 Reducing obstacles to young people's access to culture


Combating discrimination and poverty through cultural activities

Culture 2025 A National Cultural Policy Framework to 2025 (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 2020) considers a range of important issues including:

  • supporting artists and creative workers,
  • improving access to culture,
  • breaking down barriers in areas of social exclusion and disadvantage,
  • how culture is enriched by greater cultural diversity.

The policy is underpinned by key values including:

  • the right of everyone to participate in the cultural life of the nation
  • the value of cultural diversity, informed by the many traditions and social backgrounds in Ireland.

Culture 2025 is described in further details in Chapter 8.3.

Under the Programme for a Partnership Government(Department of the Taoiseach, 2016), the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht was committed to commemorating the most significant events in the State’s history, ensuring that these commemorations are inclusive, and aiming to enhance understanding of shared history, particularly among children and young people.