New Season New Strategy

January 6, 2018

2018 sees the first year of Draíocht’s new Five year Strategy (2018 to 2022), developed in 2017 through consultation with internal and external stakeholders, using workshops, interviews and importantly for us, a public online survey. We wanted to hear from you and take into consideration what you were saying about Draíocht. We reviewed what we have achieved and the experiences from which we learned since our Opening in 2001. This process was invaluable. It defined our ambition and laid out a clear set of priorities to achieve it.

Our new strategy presents a vision of an Ireland where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy and be enriched by the arts. It is a vision shared by many organisations and individuals working in the arts and beyond with each of us contributing to its realisation. How we work towards that vision stems from our name: Draíocht meaning magic. We seek to share the magic of the arts through presenting a year-round programme of work, by creating opportunities for participation and by close collaboration with artists, all the while bringing our values of welcome, fun, magic, belonging and nurture, to life.

This strategy sets out where we will now focus our efforts and continue to distinguish Draíocht as one of Ireland’s foremost arts centres, grounded in its community and a model of best practice in work for children and young people. That being so, our priorities over the next five years are, with imagination and ambition to develop our programme, respond to our community, create outstanding work with and for children and young people, build strong and effective partnerships and ensure our sustainability.
Our strategy will be downloadable from our website and available in hard copy in early 2018.

For me, the most important achievement is our connection with our locality. Over 50,000 people come through our doors every year. To build new connections and develop established ones, 2018 will also see Draíocht bring the Home Theatre (Ireland) project to Dublin 15. 30 new plays, performed simultaneously, inspired by the stories of people living in Dublin 15. I can’t wait! 2018 will also see our commitment to artists cemented through initiatives including the engagement of a Visual Arts Advisor (Sharon Murphy), the establishment of Artist Support teams, an opportunity for an artist whose practice focuses on children/young people to have a Residency in the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris as well as a range of Residencies across artforms. And with all of this, we will continue to provide you with the quality and variety of programme that you have come to know us for.

I look forward to seeing you in Draíocht soon.

Emer McGowan


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