Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed discussions between himself and representatives of CultureTECH which will ensure that the digital festival in September will be hosting events in local community areas for the first time ever.
Colr Cooper said he was over the moon at the news and explained that it was step in the right direction for the future economy of the city.
“I am delighted that CultureTECH have agreed to host events in communities across the city for the first time this year.
“The events will cover everything from fun and games and gadgets to an equally important focus on educational and employment opportunities. The latter will build on the work we have already done through organisations such as the Gasyard Centre, the Hive and Derry2020 in establishing creative industry training courses in working class areas.
“This is as well as our ongoing engagement with the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure in making the soon to be released documentary on the Creggan estate and our work to establish Cultural Hubs across Derry.”
Colr. Cooper went on to say he was excited at the employment prospects of the local digital sector.
“During the CultureTECH festival there will also be events which will highlight the increasing number of employment opportunities on offer in the digital and creative sector. We will continue to highlight some of the specific events which will be taking place in the run up to the main festival in September.”
CultureTECH takes place this year from September 15 - 21.