Our 2019 Events, Irish Results and looking ahead to 2020!
20ú Nollaig 2019

Our 2019 Events, Irish Results and looking ahead to 2020!

We would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and peaceful New Year! Many thanks to everyone who came to our events in 2019 and we hope to see you again in 2020! 2020 is going to be a very busy year for the Creative Europe Desk – Culture Office with events that will focus on Architecture, the Visual Arts, Theatre, Gender and Diversity, Heritage and policy areas.

SAVE THE DATE | CHANGE MAKERS | 13 - 14 Feb 2020

On February 13th and 14th 2020 the Arts Council in partnership with the MA in Festival Arts at University of Limerick will present Change Makers Conference, a gathering of arts festival stakeholders to map and take stock of work taking place in this area of arts practice in Ireland. Creative Europe Culture Desk will participate and provide information on the ways festivals can work at a European level.


2019 was a great year for us here in the Creative Europe Desk Ireland Culture Office. Each year our work takes us across the width and breadth of the country and 2019 was no different. In addition to Dublin we participated and organised events in Galway, Kilkenny, Cork, and Waterford. We were involved in over 14 events either organised by ourselves or with other organisations.

Breakfast Event on EU Copyright Directive with David Kavanagh | December, Dublin. 
This free breakfast event was aimed at authors, screenwriters, composers, visual artists, and performers. We provided breakfast which was followed by a short talk from David Kavanagh from FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe)- David gave an overview and update on the EU Copyright directive and what it means in practical terms for content creators working in Ireland.

X Pollinator Event | December, Lir Theatre, Dublin

X Pollinator was a Cross-Disciplinary Professional Development Initiative for female talent. We presented case studies of successful Irish Creative Europe Projects and professional development programmes with a focus on gender equality which included the Centre Stage Project from Theatre Forum (Ireland). 

Co-operation Projects Workshop, Dublin, November 2019
We hosted a free application workshop in Dublin in the Arts Council, 70 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 on Friday 8th November. This workshop was for organisations who intended applying for the upcoming Co-operations Projects Call.

Creative Europe Case Study | BeSpectACTive! Oct 2019
Audience and potential applicants heard first-hand from organisations and artists involved in BeSpectACTive! - a Creative Europe funded project which encourages ‘active spectatorship’ through an innovative model of audience development. This event was also a great opportunity for networking with the European Partners and organisations involved in the Project.

Centre for Creative Practices | June 2019

The Centre for Creative Practices invited us to participate in their second edition of their annual Meeting Point for Migrant and Culturally Diverse Artists. At this Get-Together Day for Migrant and Culturally Diverse Artists, we presented funding opportunities from Creative Europe alongside our colleagues from the Arts Council of Ireland, Create, CFCP and other organisations supporting migrant and culturally diverse artists in Ireland.

Networking Breakfast | FRESH STREET Galway, May 2019
FRESH STREET is an International Seminar for the Development of Street Arts which took place in May in Galway. We hosted a free Culture Networking Breakfast in May for organisations interested in how they can bring their work across Europe.

EU Funding for Arts & Culture Seminar with spotlight on Georgia | Dublin May 2019
The CED Culture desk provided a free seminar on Creative Europe funding for the arts and culture sectors with a spotlight on Georgia. The event hosted colleagues from the Georgia Creative Europe Georgia desk who presented on their various projects and opportunities for artists.

Museum Conference | Cork May 2019
The visual arts and the museum sector is of great interest to the CEDI Culture Office as it is a sector which is very relevant in terms of creating networks and partners with European counterparts. We participated at the conference with an information desk at the We Are All Engagers: Museums Conference in Cork in May, 2019.

Success for Irish Projects and Artists in 2019

In 2019, eleven Irish organisations were selected for Creative Europe Co-operation Funding in 2019! Nine Irish organisations are partners in new Co-operations projects with two - Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Limerick Institute of Technology - taking the role as Lead Partners in projects. €3 million was ranted directly to Irish organisations during this Creative Europe Programme 2014 - 2020.

See our story here for the full list of projects and partners. You can also have a look at our CURRENT PROJECTS page to see examples of (and links to projects) as they come on stream. 


Creative Europe's first Artist Mobility scheme was launched in 2019 organised by i-Portunus to trial a mobility scheme for artists and culture professionals. There were three Artist Mobilty Calls in 2019 with more Mobility Calls planned for 2020. Six Irish applicants were successful in 2019: 

  • 1st Call: Fionnuala Gygax (Performing Arts)
  • 2nd Call: Celina Jaffe (Performing Arts); Mateja Smic (Visual Arts)
  • 3rd Call: Chelsea Canavan (Visual Art); Deirdre Power (Visual Arts) and Oisin Robbins (Performing Arts).

With projects like i-Portunus, the Creative Europe programme will trial how to best facilitate cross-national mobility for artists. This type of mobility will become a permanent Action under the Creative Europe programme for 2021-2027.

Irish Nominees for MME Talent Awards 2020

Best of luck to Irish nominees Fontaines D.C. who are nominees in the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2020! The Music Moves Europe Talent Awards are the new European Union Prize for popular and contemporary music. The awards celebrate emerging artists who represent the European sound of today and tomorrow.

Every year, eight outstanding artists receive a Music Moves Europe Talent Award in recognition of their international success, as well as being rewarded with a performance at ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag), a training programme and financial support for touring and promotion. In addition to this, one of sixteen nominees takes home the Public Choice Award. The MME awards ceremony takes place on 17th January 2020 in the Netherlands. 

Irish author Jan Carson was EUPL Winner 2019

Irish writer, Jan Carson, was one of 14 EUPLS winner in 2019 for her novel, The FirestartersPrevious Irish winners include Donal Ryan. Karen Gillice and Kevin Barry. 

The aim of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and to encourage greater interest in non-national literary works.

The works of the selected winners (one per country participating in the Prize on a rotation basis) will reach a wider and international audience, and touch readers beyond national and linguistic borders.

The Prize is financed by the Creative Europe which aims to achieve three main goals: to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output; and to foster intercultural dialogue.