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Culture Minister launches Creativity Month

1 March, 2013 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has launched Creativity Month – a celebration of innovation and creativity demonstrated by local people, organisations and the creative industries.

A series of events and workshops are taking place throughout March to stimulate new thinking and collaborations to tackle economic and social challenges.

Carál Ní Chuilín, said: “Creativity connects things not previously connected – it connects people, ideas and organisations and inspires us to think differently and to look to the possibilities of the future.

“Our society faces many challenges in the economy, education, health and the environment. Creativity Month will showcase the work of organisations across the region in developing creative and innovative solutions to these challenges. This year's theme will include a particular focus on tackling poverty and social exclusion.

“I am encouraged by statistics published yesterday which show how this sector is contributing to the local economy. While this is a small sector, it is one which is gaining in confidence and performing well. The creative industries are recognised across the world as catalysts for wider economic and social innovation. Our focus is therefore on helping this sector to grow further and to maximise its potential. ”

The Minister added: “Creativity Month is about inspiring and helping creative people, creative ideas and creative organisations and businesses to emerge and flourish. Our creative and cultural industries across the region can lead new ways of rebuilding and rebalancing our economy and in tackling disadvantage and inequalities.”

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