Published on Wednesday1stMarch2017

Minister Humphreys presents Creative Ireland to key arts and cultural stakeholders

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Denzyl Feigelson, adviser to iTunes and Apple Music; Arts Minister Heather Humphreys; Kevin Rowland of Dexys Midnight Runners; Ambassador Dan Mulhall; Orla Kiely, designer pictured at the Creative Ireland event in the Irish Embassy in London

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys is in London today to present details of the Creative Ireland Programme / Clár Éire Ildánach to key stakeholders from the across the UK arts and cultural sector, members of the Irish diaspora and key contacts from the business community at a special event at the Irish Embassy. Creative Ireland is the Irish Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016; a five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which aims to place creativity at the center of public policy.

Minister Humphreys said:

The Diaspora thoroughly embraced the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, and this is especially true here in London where a series of fantastic commemorative events were held. Just as connecting with our Diaspora was essential to the success of the Centenary Programme, I think the Diaspora can play a very important role in ensuring Creative Ireland delivers on its aims.

Creative Ireland sends a very important message internationally about how Ireland values its culture and how the Government is setting out an ambitious creativity agenda. It is important too for us learn from international examples, and consider how other countries have prioritised arts and culture at national level.

Ambassador of Ireland in Great Britain, Daniel Mulhall said:

As Ambassador, I attach great priority to the promotion of Irish culture in Britain and to the cultural links between our two countries. I value Creative Ireland as an exciting opportunity to encourage creativity and to enhance further its standing and to celebrate Irish cultural vibrancy and diversity.