Cultural Strategy


This Cultural Strategy was prepared collaboratively across multiple Departments within Dublin City Council, as well as with arts and cultural organisations and with the citizens of Dublin. It was adopted by Dublin City Council in 2015, and signals our intent to deliver on the themes and ambitions expressed by our citizens.
The implementation of this Strategy will continue over a number of years, with collaboration across the City Council, and with citizens, businesses, cultural organisations, as well as others in Dublin.
This strategy was developed initially as part of Dublin’s bid for the European Capital of Culture 2020. The Bid created new connections across the City and within the Council itself, and highlighted areas of the City and of our work where Culture Strategy could make a significant contribution.
A sustainable City is based upon the foundations of, and the interactions between, Economic Development, Environmental Sustainability, Social Inclusion, and Culture. This new Cultural Strategy and its implementation through Dublin Culture Connects signals the central roles that Culture plays in the daily lives of all who work, live in or visit Dublin.
Owen P Keegan, Chief Executive, Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council have also adopted the Unesco definition of culture, broadening their previously narrow arts-focused definition :

“Culture is the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group, that encompasses, not only art and literature, but lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs”.

(Unesco 2001)

Dublin City Council Cultural Strategy 2016-2021 underlines the values, ideas and actions of the 2020 proposal, the ‘Bid Book’, the theme of which was the diversity and the divisions that define Dublin today, as a city with a rich cultural heritage in a period of great change. Technological advances, demographic shifts, new forms of social participation and cultural expression perhaps underline the historical divisions of the city, and create new ones.

Implementing Dublin City Council Cultural Strategy 2016-2021

The Priorities of the Cultural Strategy 2016-2021 are to:

  • Position Culture, Creativity and Creative Industries as central to Dublin’s global competitiveness and reputation as a modern European City
  • Increase cultural participation and practice through partnerships in formal and informal education, and planning and delivering improved cultural infrastructure in the City and its neighbourhoods
  • Continue to increase the resources available to cultural expression through public and private investment, as part of social, economic and tourism development.

A series of clear actions are set out in the Cultural Strategy, which embed Culture and the Creative Industries in Dublin City Council plans and prioritise Participation and Arts Practice.