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Cultural cowardice

Posted on March 27, 2015

By Ben Heine

 By Niall O Baoill, Blue Drum (A longer version of this blog piece is available from Blue Drum.)


What could be more fair and dynamic than to enable more open systems of community-based arts provision and dialogues? Processes that could, in turn, catalyse fresh sets of understandings around contemporary culture, the developmental role of the arts and the unique and needed contribution of artists. Powered together, these could help Ireland develop resilience in the face of unprecedented economic, social and cultural threats.

 Community, no matter what your definition – geographic, identity or interest-based – can provide fertile ground in which such vital cultural discourses and experimentations might occur. I have knowledge of not dissimilar initiatives in many North American situations – ones with proven outcomes.

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Posted in: cultural rightscommunity

A New Policy Framework for Local and Community Development

Posted on March 13, 2015

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The process of preparing the promised policy paper on local and community development has finally got underway with the publication of a draft paper, ‘Our Communities: A Framework Policy for Local and Community Development in Ireland’by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Submissions are invited by 10 April 2015. There is no indication as yet that the department will engage in a more intensive consultation with either the local development sector or the community sector.

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