Established in 1978, Triskel Arts Centre is one of the oldest multi-disciplinary arts centres in Ireland. It is based in Cork city, which is Ireland’s second largest city with a combined population with the greater Cork area of 360,000 people. The arts play a very prominent role in the culture of Cork city life. Cork hosts an International Film Festival, an International Folk Festival, an International Short Story Conference, an International Choral Festival, an International Jazz Festival, a World Book Festival, a French Film Festival, and a Midsummer Festival. Triskel has involvement with most of these events either by hosting them or programming in partnership with them. In recognition of Cork’s cultural significance, Cork was awarded European Capital of Culture in 2005.
Triskel’s mission is to promote and present quality professional and multi-disciplinary arts. It works in partnership with organizations in the education, youth and arts fields both nationally and internationally and receives most of its funding from the Arts Council of Ireland.
Triskel has a programme of visual arts, performance, film, drama and literature events at its large premises in the city centre of Cork. Examples of areas of particular focus include: a themed programme of work titled ‘conversations with Islam'; a focus on the ‘worker’, working with diverse communities with an emphasis on young people; And continuing Triskel's access policy with a strong interactive/education component. Triskel youth programme, now titled 'Da Beatz' involves showcasing and promoting youth arts activities.