Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has been confirmed to open the conference ‘Places Matter: what happens when we invest in the arts?' at the Conference Hall, Dublin Castle, on 12 January 2017 from 09:15 to 16:30.
The confirmation has been welcomed by both the Arts Council and Local Government as an endorsement of the public investment both organisations make to ensure the arts and cultural development are an integral part of towns and town lands across Ireland.
‘Places Matter' aims to discuss and demonstrate the value of this investment and importantly look at future proofing our cultural health.
Presentations by the National Planning Framework and the Economic Social Research Institute will present important
information about where and how Ireland is growing and where we may face challenges.
The conference includes keynote presentations on cultural value from:
Prof Geoffrey Crossick
Prof John O'Hagan
Alma Walsh, Planning Adviser, Dept of Housing, Community and Local Govt
Dr Emer Smyth, Head of Social Research at the ESRI
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO
Diarmaid Lawlor, Head of Urbanism, at Architecture and Design, Scotland.
Louise Lowe, ANU productions
Kim Wide, Take A Part Plymouth
Margharita Solon, Past Times Community Choir
Anne McCarthy, IGNITE
Emmet Kirwan, actor, writer and social observer
Noeline Kavanagh, Macnas
The conference will be chaired by:
Dr Frances Ruane, an Irish academic economist and former director of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in Dublin, Ireland 2006-2015.
€50 for Organisations
€20 for Artists & Students
Registration will close on 9 January 2017 at 5pm Irish time
Click here to register.