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Creative Ireland Open Call Application Workshops for Manorhamilton, Ballinamore and Carrick on Shannon

The Creative Ireland Open Call is a countywide open call to community groups, organisations, venues, artists, writers, performers, archaeologists, archivists and everyone involved in the culture and creative sectors to develop high quality projects and programmes that enable groups and individuals to realise their creative potential and develop and encourage greater access, knowledge and appreciation of the arts, culture and creativity.

Applications must be developed by a community group, venue or organisation in partnership with individuals with professional expertise in any creative or cultural arena such as visual or performing arts, literature, heritage or other culture area. A group may approach the professional practitioner with a view to developing a project or visa-versa.

Groups with little or no previous involvement in creative projects are particularly welcome, and in order to help all applicants, a series of three public meetings are being held to provide advice and assistance to help ensure projects being planned can achieve the best possible experience for everyone involved.  Whether you are a member of a community or youth group interested in developing a project, or an artist, performer or archaeologist who would like to work with a group, these meetings will be of interest to you.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • Ballinamore Library - Thursday 17th May at 8pm
  • The Dock, Carrick on Shannon - Friday 18th May at 8pm
  • The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton - Tuesday 22nd May at 8pm

For further information please contact Siobhan O’Malley, Creative Ireland Project Manager,  on or contact Leitrim County Council on 071 96 21694. Siobhan will be at the venues from 7.30pm each evening and again after each workshop to chat with individuals one-to-one about their plans.

Please note that the closing date for submission of completed applications has been extedned to Friday 15th June.




National Festival of Youth Theatres 2018

Up to eight senior youth theatre members can apply to attend Youth Theatre Ireland's National Festival of Youth Theatres in Kilkenny from Wednesday 4th - Sunday 8th July. This year, thirteen youth theatres from all over the country will take part. Participants will spend their days in workshops exploring different aspects of drama and developing new skills. Social activities will be organised for each evening. It is a great opportunity for youth theatre members to meet like-minded young people from other groups all over the country. The emphasis is on enjoyment and learning. While there is no charge for the activites, food and accommodation provided by Youth Theatre Ireland, a charge of €100 applies to each member to cover those costs of transport to and from Kilkenny and additional staffing required for the duration of the festival.




Leitrim, Sligo and Roscommon County Councils announce two new film awards.

As part of a new partnership Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon County Councils have come together with filmmakers from the three counties with a view to enabling the film sector here to grow and develop.​ Each of the three local authorities involved in this project recognise the value of film as an artform and the contribution that film can make to the region - socially, culturally and economically. In adopting a regional approach, we recognise that we can achieve a lot more by harnessing the capacity, resources and energy of agencies and practitioners of all three counties.

As part of that, for 2018, we have introduced two new bursary programmes for filmmakers based in Sligo, Leitrim or Roscommon - A Film Collaboration Bursary for collaboration between a writer and filmmaker and a Film Completion Award for film projects already underway. The closing date for both opportunities is 30th June 2018.



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Save the date – June 23rd – Cruinniú na nÓg celebrating creativity in young people

Saturday June 23rd was established this year under the Creative Ireland programme as a national day of creativity for children and young people. The model is similar to Culture Night but in contrast to Culture Night, events can be held during the day, making them much more accessible to children and young people.



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Culture & Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022 launched

At its last meeting, the members of Leitrim County Council adopted the council's first Culture & Creativity Strategy. The vision of Creative Ireland is that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to fully realise his or her creative potential. The Creative Ireland Vision for Leitrim is to nurture and foster creative expression in all its diversity; embrace and welcome new ideas; and create the conditions to help turn those ideas into reality and embed creativity into all aspects of the social, economic and cultural life of Leitrim. The new strategy sets out the priorities to achieve that objective in a comprehensive plan and as well as achieving that under the Creative Ireland programme, a central purpose of the strategy is to act as guidance and a key influencer in the development of all cultural policies and corporate planning developed during the tenure of the Creative Ireland programme.



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