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Intercultural Dialogues: a new cross-border initiative
2019 AIC Scheme Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice. Photo: Joseph Carr

Intercultural Dialogues: a new cross-border initiative



We are delighted, with our partners ArtsEkta, to have been funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs Shared Island Civic Society Fund for a new cross-border initiative “Intercultural Dialogues”. This project will connect, upskill and commission socially-engaged artists from diverse backgrounds on both sides of the Northern Irish border. Together, we will select artists and practitioners, coordinate networking, mentoring and training opportunities, and initiate collaborative arts projects between artists and communities based on themes identified during exchange sessions.

Intercultural Dialogues aims to increase creativity in diverse communities and encourage self-expression and sense of wellbeing. The global changing landscape of migration is seen locally, and change is needed in the  language used and modes of practice used. This project is an opportunity to reach out, discuss and explore new ideas, giving everyone access to the arts and creating new models of practice.

Damien McGlynn, Director of Create said “We are thankful to the Department of Foreign Affairs and an Tanaiste Micheál Martin for their support of this new initiative, an important step in creating a lasting cross-border link between arts organisations, artists and practitioners. We look forward to working with our partner ArtsEkta, an organisation with inclusion and social change at its core, to build a solid foundation for future work, ensuring that artists and communities from diverse backgrounds are central to the decision-making process.”


Further information on the project will be shared on our website soon.

Department of Foreign Affairs announcement
ArtsEkta website