TradFest Temple Bar Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Traditional music is a part of Irish culture both at home and abroad. As a crucial pillar of strength from colonization to independence, to nation building, traditional music has played an important role in realizing Irish identity. However, as with many traditional music styles around the world, ethnicity often plays a role in who is perceived to play ‘authentically.’ Such perceptions create social barriers to who participates.
TradFest Temple Bar believes in ‘Trad without Frontiers’ – that traditional music has no one definition and belongs to no one people. We are committed to trad that progresses and expands to reflect the rapidly diversifying and multicultural Ireland while also respecting the richness of its history. To do our part in ensuring this future we are committed to investigating issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion as they take place in our own festival. We believe that the best way to ensure everyone feels a sense of belonging in traditional music is to hold ourselves accountable in the areas that we need to improve. We’re in the research phase just now, and our goal is to have a robust equity, diversity, and inclusion toolkit by 2022. This toolkit will highlight the most immediate areas in need of improvement and will be revisited annually to ensure TradFest Temple Bar remains a site for progress within traditional music.