The CEO of Leitrim County Enterprise Board Joe Lowe has said a creative cluster model created along the Leitrim, Fermangh and Tyrone axis should be rolled out across Europe.
Mr. Lowe was speaking at the end of the Harnessing Creativity Showcase and Exhibition, which gave a platform to over 50 creative practitioners with talents ranging from architecture to film, design, photography, music and technology in the cross border region.
700 people attend the three core events – the Exhibition launch with outdoor film screenings, five-day exhibition, Science Gallery master-classes and also the one-day seminar.
Project Manager Anna Marie O’Rourke says that feedback from both participants and visitors was overwhelming.
“We have been able to give a platform to creative artists already in business or at set up stage.
“The week-long showcase offered many the first opportunity to present their talents to an audience. Many have also reported securing business and/or vital business contacts.
“We know that this model has worked and we are now conducting a final evaluation for our funders with a view to this being rolled out in other jurisdictions across the European Union,” she stated.
Harnessing Creativity is a Cross-Border Project which has received €799,880 through the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
This project is being delivered by Leitrim County Enterprise Board in partnership with the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN), Leitrim County Council, Fermanagh District Council, Omagh Enterprise Company, Tyrone Donegal Partnership and the Leitrim Design House.
The Special EU Programmes Body is responsible for managing two EU structural funds Programmes PEACE III and INTERREG IV designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. For more info: www.harnessingcreativity.eu