An All-Ireland Creative Industries Conference is to take place in Derry next week.
The conference will take place on Wednesday, May 14, at the Millennium Forum and is free to attend.
Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, says the event will “explore opportunities for our local companies to grow their businesses and for our young people to build careers in the creative industries.”
She added: “I have specifically chosen Derry as a location for the conference because I want to highlight the success of City of Culture and how it is transforming the North West into a national and international driver for the creative industries.
“This conference will showcase the work of some local companies, and key industry leaders will highlight opportunities to help Ireland’s creative industries to compete and succeed on the world stage.”
The conference will include discussion about how local companies can maximise commissioning opportunities with broadcasting organisations, how the arts can contribute to growth in the creative industries and potential opportunities for increased North/South collaboration between broadcasters and creative companies.
Guest speakers and panel members include Peter Johnston, Director BBC NI, Richard Williams, Chief Executive NI Screen, Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education, NI Screen, Bob Collins, Chairman Arts Council, Professor Greg Maguire, University of Ulster, Michael Wilson, Managing Director UTV, Susie Wright, Development Manager, Channel 4 and Pádhraic Ó Ciardha, deputy CEO, TG4.
More information about the conference, including the programme, can be found at http://www.dcalni.gov.uk/ciconference