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programme 2010
clár 2010
:: introduction
Roscommon County Council in association with the Western Development Commission presents
Culture and the Economy
Creativity and Innovation in Post Boom Ireland

While creativity is most evident or pronounced within the arts sector, in any sphere it is the characteristic essential to the development of new solutions. The lateral thinking, multiple intelligences and problem solving skills central to the arts and all the creative industries represent the same creative thinking employed in technology, the environment, education or industry - creativity is the quality that allows the next new step to be conceived.
Not only is it important that we continue to value the creative sector, but perhaps now, in the current climate, it is vital that we look to the creative sector and better examine the benefits culture, creativity and innovation can bring to our society, and to our economy.
The Douglas Hyde Conference brings together thinkers, academics, artists and political leaders to investigate the potential of the Creative Economy.

Chaired by broadcaster Cathal Mac Coille, the programme consists of -
Martin Cullen TD Minister for Arts, Sport & Tourism
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin Chairperson, Culture Ireland and Director of Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
Finbarr Bradley Co-author of Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference: Innovation, Learning and Sense of Place in a Globalising Ireland
Roger O'Keeffe European Commission Directorate General of Education and Culture and Co-ordinator of European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009.
John Concannon Director of Regional Development, Fáilte Ireland
Frank Dawson Manager, Roscommon County Council
Una McCarthy Head of Festivals, Street Arts & Spectacle, The Arts Council
Sarah Glennie Director, Irish Film Institute
Lisa McAllister CEO, Western Development Commission
Stuart McLaughlin CEO, Business to Arts
Martina Earley CEO, Roscommon Integrated Development Company
Garry Hynes Director, Druid Theatre Company
Michael John Gorman Director, The Science Gallery
Alice Lyons Poet and Visual Artist
Niall Brady Archeologist, The Discovery Programme
Also playing over the weekend are some of Roscommon's finest exponants of music John Wynne and friends
and the legendary Máirtin O’Connor, Cathal Hayden, Séamie O’Dowd & Jimmy Higgins.

The conference is held in the Abbeyfield Hotel Conference & Leisure Centre in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. This prestigious new hotel, built on mature surroundings, once the setting of a Bishop’s Palace is known locally as ‘The Abbey’, and is less than a 2 minute stroll from the centre of Ballaghaderreen on the Sligo road.

Built to 4 star specifications, the Abbeyfield offers 70 luxurious bedrooms & suites, the unrivalled Gray Suite, state of the art conference facilities, the inspired Oscars Restaurant, the inviting Hyde Bar and superb Leisure facilities & Wellness Centre.

For more information about the Abbeyfield, please go to http://www.abbeyfieldhotel.ie/


Further information
Philip Delamere, tel ::
090 66 37285, email :: artsoffice@roscommoncoco.ie