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EACEA National Policies Platform


8. Creativity and Culture

8.9 Enhancing social inclusion through culture

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 07/12/2020 - 18:47

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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

Please see the subheading 'Reducing obstacles to young people's access to culture' in 'Promoting culture and cultural participation' for information on projects and initiatives funded by public authorities aimed at promoting social integration amongst young people.


Additional schemes of note include the following:

  • Kids in Control, a professional theatre company working with marginalised young people of all abilities, helping to increase their creativity and team skills.

  • the Rural Key Project from Glasgowbury, which works to ensure that young people from rural areas with musical and creative talent have opportunities to develop their potential.

Cahoots Northern Ireland, a theatre company producing innovative work for young children in conventional and unconventional locations.


Combating discrimination and poverty through cultural activities


Programmes and projects aimed at combating discrimination and mitigating the effects of poverty include:

  • Wheel works, which receives some funding from Arts Council NI and works with children and young people aged 4-25 who may not otherwise have access to high quality artistic activity. Taster workshops and issue based programmes (including sexual orientation disability and cultural heritage) are provided for young people to learn new skills and express themselves through traditional and digital art.

  • Belfast Community Youth Circus provides training and performance opportunities for young people aged eight 8 to 18, regardless of their social or religious background.

  • Glasgowbury is a charity which nurtures young creative talent through youth education, training and enterprise. The charity also hosts an annual music festival and promotes access and opportunities to participate in the arts, aiming to address social exclusion, isolation and poverty in young people through musical expression and skills development.

  • The annual Intercultural and anti-racism festival organised by the Creative Learning Centre in Derry/Londonderry (see 'Acquiring cultural and creative competences through education and training' in 'Developing cultural and creative competence' for more information), which offers primary schools, post-primary schools, colleges and the wider public a programme of international films and workshops which promote tolerance and inclusion and raise awareness of issues such as harassment, discrimination and racism.

  • Greater Shantallow Community Arts provides an outlet for the creative artistic expression of communities and enables pathways to employment within the creative industries (note that the organisation does not work only with young people).