Ballyvourney hosts Creative Ireland conference
Ballyvourney will be the venue for the second annual Creative Ireland Cork Conference next month at which a five-year culture and creativity strategy will be launched.
The two-day conference on November 9 and 10 will take place at the Abbey Hotel in the Mid-Cork village, and will begin with talks by members of Cork County Council’s culture team.
team embraces representation across the arts, library, heritage, tourism and Irish sections of the council, and firmly indicates the various supports and initiatives already in place for promotion of culture within the county.
Afternoon events will feature talks by key people synonymous with the Irish language, including Peadar Ó Riada of Cúil Aodha, and Máirtín Ó Méalóid of Oileán Chléire.
Cork County Council’s Irish Officer, Aileen Loughrey, said that an afternoon session will be a wonderful opportunity to get a real sense of the value of Irish within the county and to examine possibilities for its future encouragement and development.
There will be much activity taking place in and around Ballyvourney for the conference, and people attending will also be able to avail of designated free tours of nearby historic and notable sites which will also be run over the two days.
The County Cork Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018– 2022 will be launched by Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy.
He said: “I commend the already excellent cultural involvement by people across the county and warmly welcome the planned strategy.
“It is a great opportunity for increased collaboration, participation, and engagement in strengthening the role of the very culture that we love, right here in the County of Cork.”
Within the strategy are six key priorities for action with regard to culture and creativity.
One of the priorities is the Irish language, chosen to be the theme of the event.
The others are enhancing and investing in local cultural and creative infrastructure; encouraging the exploration of creative ability through culture; fostering a sense of beThe longing to place through our culture and heritage; and supporting and promoting full community engagement with culture.
The conference is open to all and free of charge.
For more information on Creative Ireland in Cork County, phone 021 4285905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full conference programme will shortly be available on the County Council’s website at www.corkcoco.ie.