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Chamber of AHC’s response to Irish Times editorial on government policy towards the cultural sector

By on Nov 17, 2014 in News |

A chara, – Your main editorial of November 11th (“Cultural vandalism”) hits several nails on the head. You write, “The €4 million fund allocated to the 2016 commemorations would be better spent safeguarding the heritage that previous generations did so much to gather and build into collections of vital importance to understanding the past”. Read the full article...

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Chamber of Arts, Heritage and Culture Strategic Plan 2014-16 Launch Last Evening in the House of Lords, College Green, Dublin

By on Jun 21, 2014 in Events, News, Pictures |

The Chamber for Arts, Heritage and Culture (CAHC) launched its Stragetic Plan for 2014-16 at a presentation and reception in the House of Lords, Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin last evening (19th June). The Chamber, which was established in April 2013, is unique in that it is based on the established Chamber of Commerce movement but is dedicated to the arts, heritage and cultural sectors. The Chamber is a not-for-profit membership based organisation that represents the interests of all involved in its areas of interest. Last evening’s event briefed on the background to the Strategic Plan and its proposals by the Chamber’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Neil Keenan and Audrey McKenna respectively. The event, sponsored by the Bank of Ireland, was attended by representatives of cultural and business organisations from all over the country, by senior government officials and by members of the diplomatic corps interested in the Chamber. Commenting on the launch of the Plan, the Chamber’s Chief Executive, Audrey McKenna, said, “This evening’s event represents another important milestone in the evolution of the Chamber. Over the past 14 months, we’ve undertaken research and met with representatives of a wide range of business and cultural groups who responded positively to the concept of the Chamber. “Our Strategic Plan describes how we plan to take the Chamber to the next level. We look forward to broadening our membership base and attracting the support of commercial partners that will help us deliver the plan.” Gabriel Bannigan, Regional Manager – Dublin, Bank of Ireland said: “We are very conscious of the significant role that Arts, Heritage and Culture play and will continue to play in the recovery in our economic environment. We are pleased to sponsor this evening’s launch in the House of Lords, a historic location in the heart of the Dublin city’s business community”. [Show slideshow]...

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More from the Harp Gala Concert

By on Mar 31, 2014 in News |

The Chamber of Arts Heritage & Culture are delighted to announce the Launch of the “ More From The Harp “ Fest which will take place on the 5th and 6th of April in Dalkey, Sandycove and Glasthule. This project will mark the 1st Anniversary of the Launch of the Chamber of Arts Heritage & Culture. We are delighted to announce the line up of Internationally Acclaimed Musicians including: Sylvia Crawford ( Harp), Tríona Marshall ( Harp), Teresa O Donnell (Harp), Madeleine Doherty ( Harp) Junshi Murakami ( Harp) Turlough Eccles ( Harp),Mark Redmond ( Uileann Pipes) Niamh Mc Cormack ( Soprano) Sinéad Finegan ( Violin) Sophie Duijn ( Violin) Fiach O Briain ( Percussion ) Máire Úna Ní Bheaglaoich ( Button Accordion). (Click here to view performers bios) We will also have a representation of Harp Students from the Kingston Academy and the Chamber Choir of the Kingston Academy, participating in the Gala Concert which will take place in the Church of the Assumption Dalkey, Sunday 6th April, 5pm. Tickets are available at the Kingston Academy, Castle Street Dalkey,  Parish Office, Church of the Assumption and Mitchell’s Wine shop , Glasthule.   Gala Concert. Venue: Church of the Assumption,Dalkey Time/Date: 6th April at 5pm Tickets cost €10. /Children U 12 FREE. The Gala Concert will be a celebration of contrasting styles performed on the Harp together with Uileann Pipes, Violin, Percussion and Voice. The styles performed will include Classical, Jazz, Traditional, Rock, Pop and some Premieres! Something for...

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Chamber Of Arts, Heritage and Culture Inaugural Forum

By on Mar 9, 2014 in News |

Chamber Of Arts, Heritage and Culture Inaugural Forum The Chamber of Arts, Heritage and Culture (Ireland) is holding its inaugural forum on 17 January 2014 in Dublin Castle on the topic of “Harnessing the Cultural Sector as an Economic Resource – An Unparalleled Opportunity and Project of its Time”. The keynote speaker is the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr Eamon Gilmore TD with confirmed speakers including Tim O’Connor of the Gathering, Primrose Wilson OBE of Heritage Ireland, Kathleen Garrett of Arthur Cox and Dr Aoibheann Gibbons of UCD, Stuart McLaughlin CEO Business2Arts as well as Audrey McKenna CEO of the Chamber and Neil Keenan Chair of the Chamber, with the Forum being moderated by David McWilliams. The invite list and confirmed attendees includes senior members of government, Ambassadors to Ireland, senior figures from many national and international bodies, and individual figures known for their important contributions to the cultural, intellectual and business life of Ireland. The Forum will engage during the morning of 17 January with a focused discussion on how we can effectively renew the Economy utilising the key economic driver and resource that is the Cultural Sector. The forum will also consider new ways of harnessing the asset that is Arts, Heritage and Culture, with a view to creating and maintaining sustainable jobs and ways in which the Chamber can develop to facilitate this. Audrey McKenna CEO of the Chamber commented as follows:- “In my experience as a practitioner of the Arts I believe that there is no contradiction between being an artist and a business person. As a council member of the DLR Chamber of Commerce I saw how effective the Chamber is in the way it supports mainstream business, but that something parallel was needed to meet the very particular set of needs of practitioners operating in the Arts. It was from this observation that the initiative and model of the Chamber of Arts, Heritage & Culture was born – effectively the application of the Chamber of Commerce model to the Arts sector.” Neil Keenan, Chair of the Chamber commented as follows:- “Now is the time to harness the huge natural resource that we have in our cultural sector in a...

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The Chamber of Arts, Heritage and Culture (Ireland) Limited

By on Mar 9, 2014 in News |

The Chamber of Arts, Heritage and Culture (Ireland) Limited What is the Chamber of Arts, Heritage and Culture? The Chamber of Arts, Heritage and Culture (Ireland) is a new nationwide organisation. It was established as a company limited by guarantee which is stand alone, not for profit and dedicated to working with all other organisations involved in culture, heritage, the arts and business to ensure that the cultural sector is developed and commercialised and is a key economic driver for the nation. It is an initiative of Audrey McKenna, now CEO of the chamber and a council member of the DLR Chamber. Audrey is a practitioner of the arts who runs her own successful music academy that supported the DLR Chamber under its then President, Neil Keenan, who is now Chair of the organisation and who, with the help of many others including Tim O’Connor, Chair of the Gathering, launched the organisation. What is the remit of the new Chamber? Our remit includes cross referral opportunities, networking between business and the cultural sector, organising events and symposiums on the theme of harnessing the cultural sector as an economic resource, developing cultural hubs in our towns and cities and developing international links including with European policy makers. Our Chamber, since its launch, has been connecting with groups such as Chambers Ireland, British Irish Chamber of Commerce, embassies and diplomatic staff, and arts organisations, all of which are very supportive of the initiative.How will the new Chamber be funded? Our Chamber will be funded through membership patronage and corporate sponsorship. We are looking for like minded people to work with us to help build this organisation so that the cultural sector can be a key driver of economic growth and instead of being a sector requiring State funding, will be a sector that will contribute hugely to the economy. What is the Opportunity? We believe there is an unparalleled opportunity in Ireland to harness our creative tradition to build sustainable businesses and create employment. There is also a convergence between creativity and technology in sectors such as computer gaming and website design. We have a great cultural tradition in Ireland and already have very successful cultural exports such as U2, Riverdance, Guinness...

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