a creative momentum project

Craigavon Borough Council / SEED Group

Northern Ireland

Project title

a creative momentum project

Project Duration

2014 - 2020

Total project grant

€1,250,619

Number of partners in project

6

Lead partners

Western Development Commission (Ireland)

Partners

Lapland University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Cultural Council of North East Iceland (Iceland)

Armagh City, Craigavon and Banbridge Borough Council (UK)

Technichus Mid-Sweden Ltd (Sweden)

National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)

EU Funding Opportunity

Interreg V-B: Transnational co-operation

a creative momentum project is a three year transnational project to support the creative industries sector across Europe’s Northern Edge. It is funded by the EU’s Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) Programme.

Creative industry entrepreneurs, artists and craftspeople working in the area face challenges, such as limited networking opportunities and low export activity, because of their peripheral location.  The creative sector contributes to sustainable regional and rural development and has potential for future growth, a creative momentum project assists creative entrepreneurs to address these challenges and sustain and develop their business.

Arts, craft, design, media and technology activities are covered in the following regions:

  • West of Ireland (counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway and Clare)
  • Northern Ireland (Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, Ards & North Down Borough Council, and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council areas)
  • Mid-Sweden (Västernorrland)
  • Northern Finland (Lapland, North Ostrobothnia)
  • Iceland (North East)

Anyone working in the creative sector can participate in:

  • Creative Exchanges (information and networking events on a range of topics) held in all regions
  • MyCreativeEdge.eu to showcase their work internationally by creating a free online profile and also accessing new knowledge resources and networks
  • Creative Trails featuring any creative businesses open to visitors (Iceland and Northern Ireland only)

Other supports are available through open calls for applications on www.mycreativeedge.eu:

  • Creative2Creative Matching: Online knowledge sharing with a peer in another region
  • Creative Steps 2.0: Innovation support for new product/service ideas
  • Creative Hotspots: Support to attend established creative industry events in Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Northern Ireland and Ireland
  • International Trade Fairs: Support to exhibit at a Trade Fair/Show/Festival anywhere in Europe (50% of cost, support of max. €2,500)
  • Video Pitching: Support to produce a short ‘pitch video’ (50% of cost, support of max. €1,500)

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