Wednesday 24 May 2017

Culture 2025: Minister Humphreys addresses final consultation meeting in Dublin

At the opening of ‘Yeats & Son’, an exhibtion of works by John and Jack Butler Yeats touring the country for the first time, at Wexford Arts Centre yesterday. Picture: Patrick Browne
At the opening of ‘Yeats & Son’, an exhibtion of works by John and Jack Butler Yeats touring the country for the first time, at Wexford Arts Centre yesterday. Picture: Patrick Browne
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys TD attended a major cultural workshop in Dublin this morning, being held as part of the consultation process for the development of Culture 2025.

Following the publishing of a Culture 2025 Discussion Document in August, regional consultation meetings have been held in Galway, Cork, Cavan, Kilkenny and Limerick with "more than 600 people participating in the meetings to date".

“Throughout the regional meetings, we have received very valuable feedback, Minister Humphreys said today.

"It has been a successful exercise in active participation and it has illustrated how passionately people feel about culture, and rightly so. 

"Some common themes have emerged, including local support for local artists, supporting the creative process and the development of communities through culture."

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The minister said she hoped she will be able to publish the Culture 2025 policy document early next year but that "the policy will continue to evolve and respond to the needs of the sector".

The final consulation meeting ahead of Ireland’s first national cultural policy was also be addressed by Ruth Mackenzie.

Ms Mackenzie served as an adviser to five cultural secretaries under the Tony Blair and Gordon Brown governments in the UK, and acted as Director of the Cultural Olympiad, the cultural festival which ran concurrently to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Dublin workshop is the final public consultation meeting. Submissions to the policy can be made online until October 31st.

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