Wednesday, 21st February 2018
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New Local Culture Plan will help to drive creativity in Waterford

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, were joined by members of the Waterford County Council Culture Team to launch the Waterford Culture and Creativity Plan, as part of the Creative Ireland

Programme, at a special event in Dublin Castle.

The development of Culture Plans for every county is a cornerstone of Pillar 2 of the

Creative Ireland Programme – Enabling

Creativity in Every County. Since the launch of Creative Ireland in December 2016, every Local Authority has established a Culture Team which includes arts officers, heritage officers, librarians, museum and gallery curators, led by a local Creative Ireland coordinator. Each Team has now put together a plan for their county to encourage communities and citizens to engage, participate and enable their creative potential.

Highlights from the Culture Plan include….

- Build Your Own Chair, a visual art, architecture and dance performance taking place in 12 acts across 12 locations

- King of the Vikings, the world’s first viking virtual reality 3D adventure, brings the story of Waterford’s exciting past to life

- The Story of Glass recounts Waterford’s long tradition of glassmaking

- Stop, Look and Listen on the Greenway records traditional songs and oral histories along the 45km track of old railway lines now transformed into a greenway

- Reader in Residence brings authors around libraries and communities across the county to promote reading and literacy

- Bee Lines, Waterford’s plan for pollinators, supports Carriganore biodiversity centre, raises awareness and brings communities together to improve habitats for pollinators

- Genealogist in Residence is a partnership between Creative Waterford, Waterford Museums and Waterford Libraries, providing a walk-in centre for family research advice

Speaking about the Waterford Culture Plan Minister Humphreys said: “I would like to sincerely thank all of the Culture Teams in Waterford who have been working so hard in recent months to help us realise some of the key ambitions in the Creative Ireland programme. Waterford already has a vibrant cultural scene and through Creative Ireland we want to see more people in Waterford participating in the arts locally.

“Through Creative Ireland we want to create an ecosystem of creativity in Waterford and every other county nationwide; we want to see more people not just attending the theatre or going to a cultural event, we want to see them getting involved. In this way, we can help to build happier, healthier communities.

“The power of culture cannot be overestimated; arts and culture can open our minds, enliven our communities and enrich our children’s lives. The development of a Culture Plan is an important commitment in the Action Plan for Rural Development, because we believe that culture should be part of the development of every community, be it rural, urban, or somewhere in between. I look forward to seeing this plan being implemented in Waterford in the coming months, to see Creative Ireland in action.”

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