EP 35: GE2020 Spesh 3: Why is Culture always left behind?

tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play— I tell you, Dorian, that it is on things like these that our lives depend.” Oscar Wilde

Culture always seems to be seen as a nice to do and is always first for the chop – even though we rely on it for export; tourism; mental health; employment; damn, culture is a reason to be alive. It shapes the type of world we live in. Without it, what …..is the meaning of life? And in elections, we shouldn’t be pleading for the very fundamentals of being alive, we should be voting for the type of society we want to live in.

But even in putting together this episode, it felt like we were putting together a fluffy episode when the issues of the day and of the election are (rightly) housing and health. So how do we make culture a priority issue for voters and ensure it’s front and centre in manifestos and debates?

On the day the Social Democrats launched their impressive Arts and Culture manifesto, we’re joined by Cian O’Brien from the National Campaign for the Arts and Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre to talk about the importance of culture for the very essence of our existence.