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Thursday 25 December 2014

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Minister launches creativity month

Stormont press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

A series of events and workshops are taking place throughout March to showcase creative and innovative approaches to social and economic challenges and the transformative power of the creative and cultural sectors.

Minister Carál Ní Chuilín, said: “Creativity involves the generation of new ideas or more effective ways to address problems. The creative and cultural sectors can act as a catalyst to tackling challenges in the economy, education, health and the environment. They have a key role in helping to promote equality and tackle poverty and social exclusion. 

“Creativity Month 2014 will showcase the work of a diverse range of organisations, across government, business, education and the community and voluntary sectors, who are developing creative and innovative solutions to societal challenges.”

There are over 150 events taking place over the course of the month. More information about the events can be found at http://www.creativityni.org. The DCAL supported website, developed by the Nerve Centre in Derry, will also profile support for the creative industries and ways to stimulate a more creative economy and wider social innovation.

The Minister added: “Creativity Month is about inspiring and helping creative people, creative ideas and creative organisations and businesses to emerge and flourish. Derry City of Culture has demonstrated the power of the creative and cultural sectors to transform communities. Creativity Month aims to showcase the potential of creativity to inspire and deliver social change across this part of Ireland."

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