About Dublin’s Culture Connects

Dublin’s Culture Connects was set up in early 2016 as an initiative of Dublin City Council to bring about the legacy projects, with the Dublin 2020 Bid as it’s manifesto.  Dublin’s Culture Connects begins the implementation of Dublin City Council’s Culture Strategy 2016-2021. It comprises a programme of activities and projects which seek to build on engagement and connection/re-connection in the city through partnerships that are meaningful to citizens of Dublin. These programmes include The National Neighbourhood; Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin; EU Lab; and The Cultural Map. These programmes focus on creating space for experimentation, modelling new partnerships and testing ways of working.

Since its inception in 2016, Dublin’s Culture Connects has connected Dubliners to their communities, to artists, and to cultural institutions and the cultural resources of their city. We’ve seen villages come alive with all sorts of activities and creative outcomes, from musicals to morse code messages, and from hakas to hip hop gigs in people’s homes. Seeking real change in the city by creating projects with communities that are relevant to them – based on their own stories, wishes and experiences.



There are five pillars to Dublin’s Culture Connects:
  • The Cultural Strategy
  • The National Neighbourhood
  • Cultural Audit & Map
  • Fundraising Fellowship
  • EU Lab

Dublin’s Culture Connects does as it says – it seeks real change in the city through connecting communities to Dublin City Council’s resources, their National Cultural Institutions, and artists, on projects that are relevant to them.

Dublin’s Culture Connects : The National Neighbourhood

The National Neighbourhood spans the Dublin City Council region, and for the first time brings together the Public Libraries, the area offices, the City Arts Office and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, in partnership with the Dublin-based National Cultural Institutions (The Abbey Theatre, The National Museum of Ireland, The National Library of Ireland, The National Gallery of Ireland, The National Concert Hall, The Chester Beatty Library, The National Archives and The Irish Museum of Modern Art).

The core value is the public and cultural community working together, connecting Dubliners in significant ways on projects that are relevant to their expressed concerns. Each project has evolved from a series of conversations and are harnessing the appetites of particular groups for cultural engagement.

These programmes focus on creating space for experimentation, modelling new partnerships and testing ways of working. The results will be documented and used to inform future programmes in Dublin communities.

Dublin’s Culture Connects : Cultural Map

Working with stakeholders across the City, Dublin City Council is managing a detailed Cultural Audit, identifying every community’s cultural resources, both ‘hard’ (such as buildings) and ‘soft’ (networks, organisations, programmes, histories etc). This dynamic database will allow a Cultural Map to be created which will have multiple uses, including informing planning decisions, strengthening the management of resources, supporting tourism development, and crystallising community identity.

Dublin’s Culture Connects : Fundraising Fellowship

Four small-to-medium sized Dublin arts, cultural or community organisations will receive 50% part-funding towards employing a full-time fundraising or marketing and fundraising person for 24 months.

Working in partnership with Business to Arts, the four fundraising fellows will be supported through training, mentoring and international peer exchange, and will work with smaller less-resourced Dublin organisations to mentor them in diversifying their income, to share their learning.

Dublin’s Culture Connects : EU Lab

Dublin City Council is working in partnership with Innovate Dublin to pilot a small and dynamic support unit to develop and support applications for EU Funding. The EU lab will also advise and support other organisations in their applications and disseminate the learning and expertise developed.