About Creative Ireland, Waterford

The Creative Ireland Programme is 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.

The vision of the Creative Ireland Programme 2023–2027 is to mainstream creativity in the life of the nation so that individually and collectively, in our personal lives and in our institutions, we can realise our full creative potential, thereby promoting individual, community and national wellbeing.

The Creative Ireland Programme will deliver through collaboration and partnership, promoting understanding and appreciation of the value of creativity in all its forms — whether through the arts, culture, heritage, or technology.

The Creative Ireland Programme will prioritise its work around five aspects for the period 2023–2027:

  • Creative Youth
  • Creative Communities
  • Creative Industries
  • Creative Health and Wellbeing
  • Creative Climate Action and Sustainability

The development of the Waterford Culture and Creativity Strategy 2023–2027 provides us with time and space to reflect on and to consider the importance of the role of culture and creativity in Waterford’s past, and to look at how it can influence the future of our city and county. Our involvement in the Creative Ireland Programme allows Waterford City and County Council to strategically plan for building strong partnerships with communities and a wide range of stakeholders, while ensuring that creativity is acknowledged as an essential element in the successful development of our economy, society, and wellbeing.

For more information and to read the full Waterford Culture and Creativity 2023-2027 Strategy, Click HERE 


Creative Open Call

Each spring, Creative Ireland Waterford extends an invitation to the people of Waterford to see themselves as co-creators of their own cultural and creative experiences and apply for the annual Open Call. For more information, check out the Open Call page here.


Cruinniú na nÓg

Cruinniú na nÓg is a full day creativity. Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18. For more information and to find out what events are happening in Waterford City & County each June, check out the Cruinniú na nÓg website for all the latest news.


Re-Fashioning the Future project bringing together a community of traditional textile craft practitioners with technical driven experts from Walton Institute’s new E-Textiles Lab.