Welcome to Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

The Department of Culture Art and Leisure website

The functions and services delivered by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) have been transferred to new departments. The links below will guide you to information on the new websites: Department for Communities (DfC), Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and Department for Infrastructure (DfI).

Our responsibilities


Sport strategy, stadiums and sports grounds, sports projects, games legacy and concussion awareness.

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Arts and culture

Arts infrastructure and strategy, the creative industries, community festivals, architecture and built environment.

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Museums and libraries

The public library service, Libraries NI, National Museum Northern Ireland and the NI Museums Council.

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Angling policy including the role of Inland Fisheries, angling farms and stations and the conservation and protection of salmon and eels.

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Inland Waterways, the Lagan Towpath and the Department's work with, the cross-border body, Waterways Ireland.

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Language policy and strategy encompassing Irish, Ulster-Scots and sign language.

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Research and statistics

Research publications and statistical outputs for the Department's key responsibilities along with information on user engagement.

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Public Record Office

The official archive for Northern Ireland, containing public records and privately deposited archives.

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