Culture Northern Ireland to Showcase Cultural Entrepreneurs

Register now for a free event highlighting inspiring and innovative business models in the cultural sector

Culture Northern Ireland has launched its SHOWCASE conference on Cultural Entrepreneurship, to take place on March 22 at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast.

Date: March 22, 2011
Venue: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Cost: FREE

The theme of the day is entrepreneurship and new business models in the cultural industries.

For the first half of the day we’ll be hearing from exciting startup companies and entrepreneurs that are breaking new ground and experimenting with new ideas in everything from cultural tourism to events and digital media to cultural retail. This will be followed in the afternoon with presentations and ‘hands on’ workshops featuring established organisations that are taking innovative approaches, introducing new technologies and developing new business models in everything from museums to festivals.

Some of the key speakers appearing at SHOWCASE include: co-founder Simon Cronshaw; Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab's lead producer Rohan Gunatillake; Dumbworld Productions founder Brian Irvine; Arts and Business commerical director Natalie Melton.

The event will also have project presentations from ReFound's Jill O'Neill, No Score Draw, Kabosh Theatre Company, Design Zoo and many more. Workshops on the City of Culture 2013 bid and crowdfunding ideas will be presented by the Derry-Londonderry City of Culture Team and Business to Arts.

Thanks to the support of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, attendance is free and if you’re interested in the future of the cultural industries in Northern Ireland (and fancy a peek at some exciting new ideas) this is the place to be.

As David Lewis, director of Culture Northern Ireland, explained: 'Cultural organisations are having to adopt increasingly creative approaches to survive in today’s tough economic climate.The conference will bring together exciting examples of innovation, from the theatre company generating income from tourist trails to app makers selling cultural product. Our aim is to encourage new collaborations and to look at new ways organisations can generate revenues.'

The creative industries are one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy and in the UK the sector contributes a greater proportion of GDP than any other nation. Around 36,000 people in Northern Ireland are employed in the creative industries or in creative occupations.

Mark Nagurski, founder of the SHOWCASE event series, noted: 'The cultural sector is perhaps the industry undergoing the greatest change right now. At the same time as cultural and creative industries are being championed as new economic drivers and areas for growth, support for those industries is under increasing pressure.

'By introducing professionals within the sector to inspiring and creative entrepreneurs in the cultural space, we hope to spread some great ideas as to how the cultural sector in Northern Ireland might develop.'

SHOWCASE: Cultural Entrepreneurship takes place at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast on March 22 and is supported by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. Attendance is free but places are limited.

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