Representing your interests

Theatre Forum represents the interests of its members on a variety of issues facing the performing arts sector.  Issues  include:

  • More funding for the performing arts at a local and national level
  • The policy of the Arts Council in areas such as theatre, dance, opera, venues, etc
  • The development needs of both emerging and mid career performing artists 
  • Increasing practical resources for the performing arts e.g. rehearsal spaces
  • The exclusion of theatre artists from Aosdána

In 2009, Theatre Forum was the founding member of the National Campaign for the Arts, a national effort across all art forms.  The secretariat of the National Campaign for the Arts is provided by Theatre Forum.

The NCFA’s core beliefs 

  • We believe in a society that values creativity, imagination and expression. 
  • We believe the arts generate growth and tourism. 
  • We believe the arts enhance our reputation. 
  • We believe the arts enrich our lives. 
  • We believe in the value of the arts.

The NCFAs key demands

  • Continue to invest in the arts through funding for agencies such as the Arts Council, Culture Ireland and the Irish Film Board as well as local authority funding. 
  • Embed the arts within the curriculum at both primary and secondary level
  • Promote active collaboration between government departments specifically Education, Environment and Tourism as well as Enterprise and Innovation

 More information on the campaign is available from

Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht arriving at our 2011 Annual Conference in Galway
National Campaign for the Arts
National Campaign for the Arts