Derry 2.0 - Maximising our Creative Industries

Derry 2.0
Derry 2.0

From scriptwriters and jewellery designers, to software developers and architects, it is estimated that the Creative Industries in Northern Ireland employs around 31,000 people.

Maximising the potential of these industries and how they could be better supported is the subject of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure’s first Inquiry.

Creative Industries are just that – creative. Think architecture, advertising, art, antiques, crafts, fashion and design, video, film, photography, music, performing arts, radio, TV, software development, and computer games/design.

The Committee is interested in your views on what challenges you face; what funding, training and other support is needed; and what opportunities exist to grow the creative industries?

If you or your business is involved with any of these sectors in Northern Ireland, the Committee wants to hear from you. More information is available at and the deadline is December 20th

Issue 4 of Zombies Hi from local company Uproar Comics, will be launched on the 9th December in the Verbal Arts Centre, 4-6pm. Come along to pick up a copy, meet the Uproar team and there’ll also be some free sketching!

BBC Want Games Developers for Big Screen in Waterloo Place - On Tuesday, December 13th the BBC will be running a workshop on developing games for the new big screen in Waterloo Place. The workshop runs from 10am-2pm at Magazine Studios on Magazine Street.

This is in advance of a call to commission games for the sites in Derry and Belfast, funded by DCAL. The official blurb is below but, in short, if you want to learn how to build games for the screen and be in with a shot of getting paid to build one, you NEED to be there. You can RSVP at

The BBC Big Screen team in conjunction with the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure are looking for interactive developers, to produce interactive applications for the BBC Big Screens in Belfast and Derry. In this session, we’ll introduce you to the concept of public space broadcasting, how it works plus how you can get involved. With a presentation from a current developer, the Big Screen team will outline interactive applications that have been developed to date and offer an insight into what’s worked and what hasn’t. They will also outline the technical aspects involved in running screen applications, plus give you the opportunity to try them yourself! Developers would then be in a position to submit proposals to the BBC / DCAL where they will be evaluated with a view to commissioning a number of applications for use in 2012, funded by DCAL.

SXSW 2012 - Invest NI is hosting a Trade Mission to the SXSW 2012 event in Austin Texas from the 9th to 18th March 2012 in partnership with DCAL, Belfast City Council and Digital Derry.

Interested Music and Digital businesses should contact for a registration form that must be completed and returned to Invest NI by 7th Dec. You can also contact Craig or Sinead Lamont on 02890 698035.

Mark Nagurski is Derry’s Digital Champion, based at the city’s Chamber of Commerce. You can contact him by email to or by visiting DigitalDerry