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CFCP in 2016

phew what a year!!!!

Ian Oliver

Head of Creative Entrepreneurship at the Centre for Creative Practices
Ian@cfcp.ie

CFCP in 2016

Earlier this month we held our final intensive training programme of the year in Ashford and it amazes us every time the enthusiasm, engagement and clarity the programme generates with participants, who even after the long and demanding weekend come out inspired and ready to embrace their creative dreams.

This year we have held training programmes in Dublin, Wicklow, Shannon, Dun Laoghaire as well as travelling throughout Europe with it to work with festivals and conferences in UK, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Denmark and Hungary.

We have been invited to give presentations by the European Commission, the Slovak Government, Intertrade Ireland and fine art and music departments in the University of Pécs, DIT, University of the Basque Country and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn.

In November we were invited to represent Ireland at the Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen to showcase ArtConnected our online platform that matches Creative Talent with Opportunities.

We have been asked to participate in discussions to help form governmental policy and also European policy on Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship. We have worked with a number of Local Enterprise Offices throughout Ireland such as our good friends in Wicklow, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire & Rathdown, Clare, Leitrim and Donegal as well as with the South Eastern Creative Corridor Project and the Shannon Venue development project.

We are working closely wth a number of institutions on including creative entrepreneurship into higher and further educational teaching of creative disciplines; building the Creative Entrepreneurs Academy; developing Irelands first incubator and accelerator programme dedicated to the creative industries and working on a new and updated model of the Business Model Canvas that is specific for the creative sector.

We have met some incredible people doing some incredible things and hopefully the work we have done with them on the entrepreneurial side of their creative business will give them the living conditions they are looking for. We have also worked with educational institutions on helping graduates and post graduates to look at building sustainable careers through working in the creative sector.

And finally we have spent more time on airplanes going in odd directions than we can both remember for a long time, like having breakfast in Bratislava, lunch in Madrid and Dinner in Dublin or arriving in Pécs at 4.30am having travelled through the night from Copenhagen to give a presentation that same day!!

A busy and exciting 2017 awaits us all in CFCP, one that we are looking forward to and on continuing the journey we have been on so far.