EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) is Europe's network of national cultural institutes, with 36 members from all 28 EU member states and offices in over 150 countries. EUNIC members work in the arts, languages, youth, education, science, society, intercultural dialogue and development. 

The EUNIC Ireland cluster was founded in 2009 and is composed of the following institutes:

  • Alliance Française/Embassy of France in Ireland
  • Austrian Embassy
  • British Council Ireland
  • Culture Ireland
  • Goethe-Institut
  • Instituto Cervantes/AECID
  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura
  • Embassy of Bulgaria
  • Embassy of Greece
  • Embassy of Romania/Romanian Cultural Institute.

The main purpose of the association is to create effective partnerships and networks between the participating organisations, to improve and promote cultural diversity and understanding between European societies, and to strengthen international dialogue and co-operation within and outside Europe.

We have worked together on a number of projects, from literature festivals to climate change events. Read more about our most long-term collaboration, EUNIC Short Shorts from Europe film festival:

Every year we invite audiences across Ireland to enjoy a selection of the best short films from across Europe. A free event, spanning across cities in Ireland, shows the variety of artistic thought and approaches to cinematography. Traditionally the screenings take place in November, and are presented in cooperation with the Pálás Cinema Galway, the Irish Film Institute and the Cork Film Festival. In 2020 EUNIC Ireland was delighted to work with LIT to bring the first Short Shorts screening to Limerick audiences.

still from a short film
Still from Granddad Was A Romantic, UK short film by Maryam Mohajer (Short Shorts from Europe 2020)
a woman speaking in front of the audience
Elizabeth Day reading extract from her book The Party as part of Words on the Street, a European Literature Trail in 2018