Presentation at Oireachtas Committee on Local and Community Arts
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Pavee Point joined Irish Traveller Movement, the Irish Network Against Racism and the Centre for Creative Arts Practices at the Oireachtas to talk to TDs and Senators about what needs to happen to ensure the inclusion of Travellers, Roma and other minority ethnic groups in local and community arts.
In his opening statement Martin Collins said : “While Travellers have made a massive contribution to Ireland’s cultural heritage, Travellers as a collective are invisible in today’s culture and arts sectors.”
“It is our belief that local authorities and arts bodies need to explore how to develop collaborative work with Traveller organisations and close the gap between policy commitments and implementation.
“In doing this we need to create the conditions where Travellers have the ownership over the interpretation and articulation of our identity and culture.”