A Viking re-enactment in Waterford

Waterford

Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022

Home to Ireland’s oldest city, lush green river valleys and ancient archeological sites, creative instincts are deep-rooted in the history and culture of Waterford’s people.

Waterford city was founded over 1,100 years ago by Viking warlords and its history can still be seen in its narrow, winding streets. The county’s creativity has been sparkling on an international stage for hundreds of years, thanks to Waterford Crystal and their covetable glassware.

The Creative Ireland programme focuses on the themes of identity, culture and citizenship and Waterford’s part in the initiative’s five-year journey began with its plans in 2017.

The county’s creativity has been sparkling on an international stage for hundreds of years, thanks to Waterford Crystal and their covetable glassware.

The whole county is enjoying the benefits of the Culture and Creativity Strategy, which enhances existing projects, festivals and events, including music festivals Summer in the City and Artbeat, the celebration of street performances Spraoi Festival and Parade, Imagine Arts Festival – incorporating the Waterford Writer’s Weekend and the John Dwyer Trad Weekend – and the street art-focused Waterford Walls.