Library celebrates Creativity Month

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A SERIES of events will be taking place at Cookstown library this month to celebrate Creativity Month, in association with Libraries NI.

The theme of Creativity Month is ‘creative connections’ to inspire new ideas, new collaborations and a new economy.

Libraries across Northern Ireland will be holding events and initiatives to support this initiative, which has been devised by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

The Libraries NI event programme features author visits, talks, drama, music, poetry and storytelling events, creative writing workshops, health roadshows, business sessions, a fashion show and much more.

The first event to take place in Cookstown will be on March 21st at 7.30pm. Kieran Haughey from Lissan House Trust will visit the library talk on the challenge of restoring the country house.

Built in 1620, Lissan House is a country house set amidst mature woodland overlooking Lissan River Co Tyrone. Kieran Haughey will talk about raising finances and the challenges being faced in restoring the house and the wildlife sanctuary.

On Thursday, March 29th from 2pm to 5pm Cookstown’s creative industries will be displaying their goods, demonstrating and talking about the ups and downs of self employment for the library’s Creative Cookstown event.

Speaking about the upcoming events, Irene Knox, Chief Executive, Libraries NI said: “Libraries NI recognises the importance of the creative industries sector to the economy and its potential to generate long-lasting economic benefits for Northern Ireland and we are pleased to mark this month by holding a packed programme of events. I hope that these free events will appeal to people of all ages and encourage them to call into a local library and enjoy being a part of Creativity Month celebrations.”

Carál Ní Chuilín, Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, also added: “The creative industries are a vibrant and exciting part of our economy, where the focus is very much on knowledge and innovation. Libraries NI have joined with a wide range of government, community and statutory organisations to play a key role in Creativity Month.

“Throughout March, our libraries will be vital in raising wider public awareness of the creative industries. These events will give the public a better understanding of the benefits and opportunities presented by this sector, and I would encourage everyone to attend.”

For details of all events taking place to mark Creativity Month in Libraries NI, call into your local library or go to www.librariesni.org.uk