Culture 2025 is Ireland's first Framework Policy to embrace the whole cultural sector.
It is the beginning of a journey rather than a destination − a journey that will bring together all those involved in the arts, film, broadcasting, visual arts, cultural heritage, the Irish language and Gaeltacht with Government departments, State agencies and local authorities.
The implementation of the priorities in this Framework Policy will be guided by continued engagement with all the sectoral groups to inform future action.
Through this Framework Policy, the Government seeks to nurture creativity, boost citizen participation, and help more people to follow a sustainable career in the cultural sector, promote Ireland’s cultural wealth and ensure a cultural contribution to wider social and economic goals.
The aim is to put culture at the heart of our lives and develop a more collaborative approach across all sectors.
The Framework Policy sets out values and high-level principles to inform public policy and planning in the decade ahead.
It recognises that everyone has the right to enjoy, create and participate in the culture of their country.
It is underpinned by a commitment to increase resources for arts and heritage, to support Irish culture on the world stage, and to improve funding structures for investment in national and local services.
Through Culture 2025, the Government aims to:
• Enrich the lives of everyone through engagement in the cultural life of the nation
• Create opportunities for increased citizen participation, especially for those currently excluded or at risk of exclusion
• Encourage ambition, risk, innovation and excellence in the creative and cultural sectors
• Ensure that culture is seen as a core component of the work across Government
• Recognise and support the cultural contribution of the voluntary sector
• Ensure the robustness of systems which safeguard and promote Ireland's cultural heritage
• Support a thriving Irish language, with vibrant Gaeltacht communities and other language networks
• Promote Ireland’s culture on the international stage
• Finance this vision with well-designed funding mechanisms
The Framework Policy is underpinned by certain key values. They are:
• The intrinsic value of culture; its richness and worth in its own right
• The value of culture and heritage to our lives and our communities
• The right of everyone to participate in the cultural life of the nation
• The importance of the Irish language, our cultural heritage, folklore, games, music and the uniqueness of our Gaeltacht areas
• The value of cultural diversity, informed by the many traditions and social backgrounds now in Ireland
• The value of culture as a means of fostering a more sustainable future for Ireland, including through economic and social policy
• The value of culture in presenting Ireland to the world
As a national cultural policy through the year 2025, the expected results are wide-ranging and encompass the Government's entire broader cultural approach, affecting every aspect of Irish society and culture.
The measure will be supported through cross-Departmental Government funding as appropriate to its implementation.