Ireland's culture is a unique national strength and a source of strong links between Israel and Ireland. It's one of our greatest competitive advantages, acting as a "door opener" that converts into jobs, trade, investment and tourism. It’s also our most effective way of connecting with the Irish community.
We're involved in a broad range of cultural activities, which raise awareness of Ireland and also enhance our ties with Ireland. We are very proud of our relationship with Tel Aviv University with who we have a three year programme of support for the Irish Studies Initiative in the Faculty of Art. There is significant interest in the works of Irish literature in Israel and, since 2004, the Embassy has sponsored with Tel Aviv University an annual Samuel Beckett lecture. There is also a strong interest in Irish dance in Israel and the Embassy has supported the work of the Israeli Academy of Irish Dance for some years. Traditional Irish music also enjoys great popularity with Israeli musicians such as the long established and well regarded Black Velvet Band, performing for many years.
Over the years, Irish people have made invaluable contributions to all aspects of life in their new homes, in politics, the arts, business and sport. Their patriotism coexists with the contribution they have made in their new communities.
Learn more about our engagement with Irish communities abroad:
If you want to learn more about Ireland, you can read Ireland in Brief.