Inau­gu­ral Cre­ative Ire­land con­fer­ence takes place in Youghal

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

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 cre­ativeire­land@cork­ not later than Fri­day, Novem­ber 17.

Mean­while, con­fer­ence reg­is­tra­tion in ad­vance by email at cre­ativeire­land@cork­ prior to this com­ing Fri­day. Also 021 4285905.

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