Inside Creativity: Education - Innovation -
Economy - Society
The 2010 Douglas Hyde Conference takes place on 15th of October in the Abbeyfield Hotel, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. Mary Hanafin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport will officially open the Conference, which will highlight the role of Creativity in Education, Innovation, Economy, and Society. Presented by Roscommon County Council Arts Office in association with the Western Development Commission (WDC), this is the second in a series of three Douglas Hyde Conferences focused on the Creative Sector.
Last year the two organisations reshaped the Conference as a platform for research into the Creative Sector with a view to having the research findings impact on policy and programmes at local, regional and national levels. Frank Dawson, Roscommon County Manager said, “This is a sector which has huge development potential in both rural and urban contexts and which impacts positively on all aspects of our society, and our economy. For the 2010 Conference, we have brought together academics, artists, politicians, commentators and public bodies to examine four distinct roles of creativity in society and the Creative Sector. Together with these experts, we look forward to discussing the opportunities for our region and to gaining a comprehensive insight into the value of creativity so that we can fully develop its role in our future.”
Lisa McAllister Chief Executive of the WDC added, “Creativity has long been associated with the Western Region. The 2008 WDC study ‘Creative West: The Creative Sector in the Western Region’ identified 4,779 creative businesses operating in the Western Region directly employing over 11,000 people and generating an annual turnover of €534m. This contributes €270m to the Gross Value Added of the regional economy. It is therefore a major economic contributor to the Region and we believe it can be grown significantly, even in these difficult economic times.” The Conference will be chaired by poet and broadcaster, Theo Dorgan and centres on four keynote addresses and panel discussions.
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