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Thrive - creative industries conference in March

A key event for everyone involved in the creative industries in Northern Ireland

Friday 22nd March 2013 9:15am - 1:45pm Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Thrive is a half-day conference celebrating the success of Northern Ireland’s Creative Industries and exploring their increasing importance to our economic growth and job creation.

Featuring as part of Creativity Month, ‘Thrive’ brings together international speakers including Eric Huang Director, New Business & IP Acquisitions at Penguin Books and recognised leaders in the Creative Industries. It showcases the work of the creative companies supported by the DCAL/Arts Council £4.5 million Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF) and provides an opportunity for practitioners and companies to network and share best practice.


  • Registration/Exhibition
  • Compere for the day, Marie-Louise Muir, BBC 
  • Creative Industries Innovation Fund Showreel – CIIF success stories to date
  • 'In conversation’ with CIIF awarded businesses 
  • Keynote Speaker including Q&A Eric Huang, Director, New Business & IP Acquisitions, Penguin
  • Performance by funded client – Wireless Mystery Theatre
  • 3 Breakout sessions 
    • 'Strategy & Planning’ – Dr Rachel Smart
    • ‘Support for Your Business’ – Representatives of Invest NI, E-Synergy & Halo
    • ‘Skills development through Apprenticeships’ – Creative & Cultural Skills
  • Closing address – Roisin McDonough, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • Performance by funded client – ‘Window Seats’ 
  • Exhibition/Networking opportunity 
To register your interest in attending the Creative Industries Conference, ‘Thrive’, and to receive conference updates, please book here

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