Welcome to Creative Waterford


Creative Waterford is part of the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-government initiative committed to enhancing access to, engagement with, and enjoyment of Ireland’s culture and creativity. Within the broad range of available definitions, creativity is considered as a set of innate abilities and learned skills; the capacity of individuals and organisations to transcend accepted ideas and norms by drawing on imagination to create new ideas that bring additional value to human activity. ​

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Creative Waterford Open Call project 2022 The Voice of the Young People


Every spring, Creative Ireland, Waterford invites Waterford people to see themselves as co-creators of their own cultural and creative experiences and apply for the annual Open Call.  

New, ambitious, and meaningful collaborations between people and communities are encouraged. Applications are open to community and voluntary groups, organisations, venues, artists, writers, performers, archaeologists, historians, architects, archivists, schools, colleges, and individuals who have something to contribute to creativity and culture within Waterford. 

Waterford's Traces Dance Ensemble participating in Cruinniú na nÓg 2022


A day of free creativity for children and young people. A day of free creativity for children and young people.

Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people. The inaugural Cruinniú na nÓg took place on 23rd June 2018 and for the past number of years, including under exceptional circumstances in 2020, young people and families have come together to enjoy, a wide range of creative activities including workshops and tutorials to recitals and readings in every city, town and village across the country.

Waterford Walls mural of Senan and his favourite book, ‘The Little Prince’. Artists were Zabou and Juliette Viodé. Browns Road Library. Photographer Ana Moretti.

There is something special that happens when we sing together, an indescribable sense of belonging that can transform how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. This project reminded us all about this shared feeling, whether 10 years old or 90+, through music we can appreciate and be part of a shared identity, heritage and culture. Creative Ireland support towards this project enabled us to capture moments in time, moments where music brought two generations together where we could reflect on the past and dream for the future.

Shauna McCullough, Music Development Officer — Music Generation Waterford

01/10/2021. FREE TO USE IMAGE. Pictured at Kilmacthomas National School, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford where the Bealtaine choir sang with 2nd and 3rd class. Its part of Creative Ireland Intergenerational Music Project and its the first time that the children and Bealtaine choir members sang together. Picture: Patrick Browne

The Creative Social Enterprise Programme for local migrant communities, led by Waterford Integration Services and supported by Creative Waterford, provides business opportunities, qualification and financial independence through creative expression of cultural identities. The programme’s creative output delivers animation through vibrant culturally embedded products, services, and performances, enhancing the creative capabilities and earning potential of our migrant communities.

Anne Nolan, Programme Lead — Waterford Integration Services.

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