Friday, 18 June 2021

The Creative Europe Programme is the EU’s central programme which aims to foster artistic and cultural cooperation across Europe in the fields of literature, music, architecture, cultural heritage, design, cultural tourism and more, as well as a scheme for mobility of individual artists. It also aims to enhance the competitiveness and innovation of the European audiovisual sector through support for slate projects, co-productions, structured networks, high-quality TV series, in addition to gaming and virtual reality experiences.

There are also schemes to support training, distribution of audiovisual content and audience development.

For the first time, the Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027 will also operate a scheme and issue calls for the news media sector, with a focus on promoting media literacy, pluralism, press freedom and quality journalism. Objectives that are woven across the programme include a commitment to greening, gender balance and inclusivity.

Irish organisations can apply to avail of the €300 million funding which is to be allocated in 2021 to schemes across the cultural, audiovisual and news media sectors with EU co-financing rates for some schemes as high as 80%.

Ireland has already achieved many successes through the previous Creative Europe programme 2014-2020 with over €13 million awarded to Irish audiovisual companies and €5 million to cultural and artistic organisations.

Audiovisual recipients have included Cartoon Saloon for Wolfwalkers, Element Pictures for The Killing of a Scared Deer, Fantastic Films for Sea Fever and Vivarium and Dead Pan Productions for TV series Dead Still. Cultural and artistic recipients have included The Ark children’s cultural centre for The Big Bang Festival, Waterford Walls for Murals for Communities, Blue Teapot Theatre Company for Trasna na Líne and the Glucksman Gallery for Voyage Inside a Blind Experience.

Minister of State, Anne Rabbitte welcomed the news saying:

Here in East Galway, I am engaging with a number of diverse groups who are way ahead of the curve in relation to creative arts, including in the fields of cultural heritage, design, cultural tourism, film studios, music and literature.  In fact, my home town, Shorelines Arts Festival hosts a world class Arts Festival each September.  I only learned at a recent meeting with an innovative group in the International Studio sector, that most of our Film Studios have a waiting list from International Clients following the Pandemic.  There is a clear opportunity here for Ireland to move without haste, given our outstanding reputation as a location in the film/tv sector.

Minister Martin said:

I encourage the culture, audiovisual and media sectors in Ireland to fully engage with the funding, partnership, training and networking opportunities presented by the Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027. The Programme offers not alone funding to support the recovery and sustainability of these vital sectors of our society but also the important opportunities to achieve closer co-operation with partner organisations across Europe. I am also pleased to see the inclusion of schemes to support a free and pluralistic media environment and the emphasis placed on cross-cutting objectives to support gender equality, greening, inclusivity and diversity.

Minister Martin concluded:

I would really encourage organisations to examine the various schemes under the new Creative Europe Programme and apply to this Programme which has provided such huge benefits and opportunities for the many previous successful applicants from Ireland.

Full information on the programme and supports is available through Ireland’s dedicated Creative Europe Desk –