DCAL Minister launches Creativity Month

An inspiring series of events and workshops during the month of March

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has launched Creativity Month - a celebration of creativity and the Creative Industries in the north of Ireland.

A series of events and workshops will take place throughout March on the theme of ‘Creative Connections’. The aim is to stimulate new thinking and new collaborations to help creative people, creative ideas and creative businesses to emerge and flourish.

The Minister said: 'Our society faces challenges in the economy, education, health, social inclusion, and the environment. Creativity involves connecting things not previously connected. This can include people, organisations, businesses and ideas. These creative connections can stimulate new ways of tackling these problems and finding innovative solutions.'

The Minister unveiled a website, www.creativityni.org, which will list relevant events and evolve into an online hub for creativity across the region. The resource has been developed by Culture NI and the Culture Company behind the Derry~Londonderry City of Culture in 2013.

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of Culture Company 2013 Ltd, said: 'City of Culture 2013 will be a catalyst for the entire region. It will demonstrate the power of arts and culture to inspire new thinking, drive regeneration and showcase our strengths and creativity to the world. As we countdown to 2013, this on-line resource will begin to share ideas and make creative connections that will deliver lasting impact across the region.'

The Minister added: 'Creativity will play a key role in rebuilding and rebalancing our economy. Our Creative Industries are a vibrant, innovative and growing part of our economy, and are increasingly being recognised as a positive economic force. In the past few days we have seen Oscar success with Belfast director Terry George deservedly winning the best live action short prize.'

'The impact of the Creative Industries can also be seen across a wide range of sectors from tourism to manufacturing. There are examples all around us in advertising, architecture, art, crafts, design, film, music and digital technologies.'

'Creativity Month is about building momentum around creativity and the Creative Industries and inspiring people and organisations to think differently, to think creatively and to look to the possibilities of the future.'

Click here for more information on Creativity Month and the full event programme.