By showcasing Ireland's rich cultural heritage, we can reap long-term and positive benefits for Ireland's reputation and its relationship with the people of Italy. We can also work to connect people with their Irish heritage.
Ireland's culture is a unique national strength and a source of particularly strong links between Italy 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 Italy. We promote cultural relations through a number of initiatives:
For more information on the cultural initiatives which the Embassy supports throughout the year, including in the fields of music, literature, the spoken word, history or the visual arts, see the Embassy's news and events.
Some 70 million people around the world claim Irish roots. If you are one of them, there are a number of ways you can celebrate your heritage and discover more about where you come from. To find out more, you may be interested in initiatives such as Ireland Reaching Out and The Gathering 2013.
Over the years, generations of 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:
We are committed to strengthening our relationship with the Irish people and people of Irish descent worldwide and to promoting what is best about our country.
In working together, we will ensure the continued respect and admiration in which Irish people and our culture are held worldwide.