Inaugural Creative Ireland conference takes place in Youghal
Cork County Council is to host an inaugural Creative Ireland conference at Youghal Town Hall next week.
Held over two days, Thursday and Friday, November 1617, the event will embrace all aspects of cultural activities from the arts and musical traditions to the theatre and tourism.
The programme will focus on specific projects and plans.
In the focus on musical cre- speakers at the conference include renowned fiddle player Dr Matt Crannitch, Paul O’Reilly, and Ian Wilson.
Eoin Nash, John McHarg, Billy O’Callaghan, and Kevin O’Shannahan will discuss the importance of inclusivity in cultural undertaking while Cork County Council’s culture team will elaborate on the council’s various supports and initiatives regarding cultural activities.
Emphasising film, theatre, and the visual arts, speakers will include Rossa Mullin, Oonagh Kearney, Mary McGrath, Con Downing, Katie Holly, Geoff Gould, Dr Eimear O’Connor, Miranda Driscoll, and Ann Davoren.
Youghal’s socioeconomic group manager, Aileen Murray, will reflect on her hometown from a cultural perspective, while Tom O’Neill will consider the cultural importance of Spike Island in Cork Harbour.
Youghal is hosting the conference largely through earativity, lier interactions and particularly Comhaltas Craobh Eochaille’s highly successful Abair Trad event last June.
The branch, along with musicians Ian Wilson, Cathal Roche and Peadar Ó Riada, will entertain the assembly, which will include Mary Ryan, director of services for East Cork municipal district.
The attendance will also consider submissions collected across meetings in eight regional communities currently being conducted within the Creative Ireland initiative.
Those meetings urge local participation in delivering the county council’s 2018-22 cultural and creativity strategy to “place creativity at the centre of public policy”.
The council stresses that “individually and institutionally”, communities need to understand the cultural and economic importance of the arts, heritage, libraries, Irish language, music, traditions, commemorations, and cultural tourism.
The key principles behind the creative initiative are “collaboration, communication, community empowerment, and international is at ion ”, said the council.
The council also accepts written submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than Friday, November 17.
Meanwhile, conference registration in advance by email at email@example.com prior to this coming Friday. Also 021 4285905.