Irish Pianist Finghin-Collins, the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival (photograph by Frances Marshall)

What we do

Since its establishment in 2005, Culture Ireland has operated within the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to deliver its remit as outlined below.

Culture Ireland supports Irish artists to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals and venues through a Regular Grant Scheme;

Facilitates artists to promote their work to international promoters through the Showcase Scheme to gain future opportunities to present their work abroad;

Delivers Special Initiatives, which are once-off focus-specific events promoting Irish arts on a global platform such as Zeitgeist Irland 24 – a year-long programme of Irish arts and culture across Germany in 2024;

Works to build relationships and networks with arts and cultural organisations, relevant public bodies, state agencies and Government departments at home and abroad to advance the global impact of Irish artists.

Expert Advisory Committee

The executive of Culture Ireland works with the support of an Expert Advisory Committee (EAC).

The members of the EAC are appointed by the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and are required to provide support and assistance in directing the implementation of Culture Ireland’s strategy and in particular through supporting the following key actions:

1.    Provision of funding, expert advice and other promotional supports to enable the global presentation of Irish arts.

2.    Arrangement of curated showcases and networking opportunities at key global festivals and markets, and in Ireland, to significant international programmers/presenters.

3.    Work with resource organisations and Ireland’s key international cultural centres to deliver key Culture Ireland objectives.

4.    Maximising the cultural impact of the Government’s international promotion strategy.


Culture Ireland’s Strategy 2022 – 25