The Arts Council believes that cultural interaction enriches the arts in Ireland by offering opportunities for mutual sharing, questioning, learning, understanding and change. It recognises that Irish society is made up of different strands and identities, which are constantly shifting, and that the process of interaction involves change for all involved, not just for those from new or minority communities. The Arts Council understands the term ‘Cultural Diversity’, as it applies to the arts, to encompass inclusive arts programming and, most particularly, intercultural arts practice that involves artists and/or communities from a range of national, ethnic or cultural groups.
While cultural diversity sits in the area of arts participation, it is recognised as a value and an opportunity across all artforms and arts practices.
The Arts Council has developed Cultural diversity and the arts -policy and strategy (0.08 MB, Adobe PDF) in order to inform its work over the coming years and to support the wider arts sector in developing its thinking and practice. In addition, a pamphlet Cultural diversity and the arts - language and meanings (PDF, 2.77 MB) has been published and can be downloaded. This is intended as a resource for the arts sector and other relevant parties, and as a means of informing and enriching public discourse about culturally diverse interaction, collaboration and experimentation in the arts, based on shared understandings of relevant terms.
These publications were preceded by a significant research project, Cultural diversity and the arts - research report (PDF, 0.52 MB), which was commissioned in partnership with the Office of the Minister for Integration under the Government’s National Action Plan against Racism (NPAR). It was managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.