The Arts Council ran a special issue of the Local Partnership Scheme, which invited applications from Local Authority Arts Offices and Ealaín na Gaeltachta for art projects in any discipline and any area of practice, that would be designed and carried out in partnership with artist and arts organisations within their localities or regions, and in co-operation with at least one partner based elsewhere in Europe. 23 Local Arts Partnership projects were selected through peer assessment, and are included in Culture Connects under the strand Local Arts Europe.
Applications were invited through the Arts Council's Festival and Events Scheme for special events with a particular European dimension, and 28 Festivals and Events were awarded supplementary support relating specifically to the EU Presidency culture programme. In addition, a small number of large-scale festivals, such as the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, that take place during the Presidency period and that have an important role in terms of engaging extensive arts audiences, were invited directly to participate in the Féile Festa strand.
Six special cross-cultural projects in the traditional arts were selected through a competitive process, which was based on peer assessment and connected to the Arts Council's Deis award.
The Arts Council invited five national youth arts resource organisations to coordinate a programme of special events and activities focusing on young people's creative involvement and engagement in the arts. The Arts Council's Young Ensembles Networking and Showcase Event 2013 has a special focus on artists' mobility in Europe, and is also included in the programme.
Partners for Imagination showcases some of the arts organisations in Ireland that have been exceptionally committed to working across national borders in Europe to the benefit of artists, arts participants and audiences in Ireland. The Arts Council invited selected organisations who work transnationally.