3.4.5 Cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland works closely with its counterpart in the Republic of Ireland, An Comhairle Ealaion/The Arts Council of Ireland, in cross-border co-operation. ACNI co-funds approximately 15 organisations with An Comhairle Ealaion. These cover a range of artforms including literature, music and visual arts. Further co-operation and collaboration with the Republic involves undertaking joint research projects and sharing best practice. For example, a research project was undertaken in 2009 on the living and working conditions of artists in Ireland. The purpose of this study was to create an up-to-date and robust evidence base that would be used to inform government funding decisions, effect changes in the regulatory environment for artists, and to modify policy and funding strategies within the Councils themselves.
In addition, the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure and ACNI devised a number of cultural events as part of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation in 2009, with themes centring on European dialogue, co-operation and partnership. Such events provided practical assistance to the arts sector in developing cross-border engagements.
For more information, see our Intercultural Dialogue section.