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What is Creativity NI?

Creativity is the ability to generate new and novel ideas. It often involves connecting things not previously or sufficiently connected – such as knowledge, people and organisations from different backgrounds and disciplines. This can lead to innovation, which is the successful application of new ideas and approaches to complex economic and social challenges here and elsewhere.

Creativity NI aims to stimulate creative connections by showcasing the work of creative and innovative organisations across the north of Ireland. It particularly highlights the transformative power of the creative industries and cultural sectors. These areas are increasingly recognised across the world as drivers of wider business and social innovation. They can act as catalysts and enablers of a more collaborative region which embraces creativity and innovation at all levels of society.

Creativity as a Catalyst
What is Creativity?


Digital sector

Northern Ireland’s Digital Sector

Matthew Coyle speaks with Michael Noble, CEO of Momentum, on Northern Ireland's fast moving Digital Sector

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Julian Fellowes: Screenwriter, Actor, Director

'We simply have to learn the language of creativity in order to use it in ordinary lives' says the Downton Abbey creator

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Future Classrooms 2014 Conference

Educators from across Northern Ireland gather at the Guildhall in Derry~Londonderry to hear from experts in STEAM learning


Northern Ireland’s Theatre Industry

Sector representatives on a corner of the arts going 'from strength to strength'

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John McCloskey: Animator and Illustrator

Award-winning artist on adapting Flann O'Briens anarchic novel An Béal Bocht

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Northern Ireland’s Crafts Industry

Craft NI CEO Alan Kane on the sector's 'significant growth'

Creative citizens programme

Ballymena Creative Citizens Programme

Six months of major cultural events for the borough's communities

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Brian McGilloway: Creativity Month Writer-in-Residence

Best-selling crime author on his influences, reading habits and being inspired by knock backs


Ballymena Modern Dance Festival

Five days of performance, participation and learning during Creativity Month

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Royston Maldoom: Choreographer

On his Back To The Wall collaboration with Du Dance – a cross community piece with three generations of men and boys


Jan Carson: Author and Arts Administrator

'I tend to view novels as a series of mountain peaks'


Ian Cumberland: Fine Artist

Award-winning painter on receiving an Arts Council award and exhibiting at the Millennium Court Arts Centre in 2015

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Belfast Central Library: 125 Years Young

'Tackling poverty and social exclusion, providing a safe place, open to all, and enhancing people's lives'

"You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."

Maya Angelou