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Minister: Conference makes creative industries ‘thrive’

Arts Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, has opened a creative industries conference showcasing the economic and innovation impact of a key growth sector for the region.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Named ‘Thrive’, the conference celebrates the success of the creative industries in the north of Ireland and will highlight local success stories, including businesses and projects supported by DCAL and the Arts Council through the Creative Industries Innovation Fund.

Minister Ní Chuilín said: “I am pleased to be opening this conference today at the Lyric theatre which will showcase local success stories from our creative industries. DCAL is a department for the economy and of equality and its leadership role for this sector is helping more companies to compete on the world stage and inspire a new generation of creative entrepreneurs.

“The Creative Industries Innovation Fund has played a key role in helping local companies and emerging talent to develop new products, services and collaborations to build long term success. Recent introduction of social clauses into the fund is also helping local companies to share their knowledge and insight with young people through a schools engagement programme”.

The Executive’s draft innovation strategy was published last month and it highlights DCAL’s role in stimulating a creative economy and social innovation.

The Minister continued: “I am fully committed to harnessing the transformative power of the creative and cultural sectors to advance a sustainable economic agenda in this part of Ireland. The creative industries are increasingly recognised as drivers of wider business and social innovation and can act as catalysts and enablers of the cultural change required to nurture a more collaborative region which embraces creativity and innovation at all levels of society”.

Notes to editors:

  1. DCAL has a Programme for Government commitment to support 200 projects through the Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF) by March 2015.
  2. Social clauses in CIIF require businesses supported by the Fund to participate in W5’s STEM Ambassadors Programme. This will particularly focus on schools in disadvantaged areas. This initiative supports the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) agenda and also its evolution into STEAM – highlighting the importance of ‘A’ for arts, creativity and design skills.
  3. Media enquiries should be addressed to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Press Office by telephoning 028 9051 5047 or email Communications For out of office hours queries please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.