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Waterford Local Enterprise Office to showcase success of South Eastern Creative Corridor at The Big Picture conference

Waterford Local Enterprises Office will join the regions five other LEO’s to host a premier industry conference for independent businesses in the AV industry to celebrate the success of the South Eastern Creative Corridor initiative.

The South Eastern Creative Corridor (SECC), an initiative of six Local Enterprise Offices (LEO), headed by LEO Wicklow and funded under the Regional Action Plan for Jobs targeting entrepreneurs and businesses in the audio-visual industry, will showcase and celebrate its success at a closing conference - The Big Picture - in Druids Glen Hotel, Co Wicklow on the 17th November 2017.

The conference is the culmination of the SECC Initiative and is for audio-visual professionals who are keen to be at the leading edge of this sector. The SECC Initiative involved the participation of 78 businesses based in six counties, all of whom are expected to attend the conference. The majority of the programme participants are in the broad film, video and production sectors and have benefited significantly from a year of business support as well as investment.

Notable keynote speakers at the conference will include John P Gleeson, Partner, Global Head of Media, Grant Thornton; Cathal Gaffney, CEO, Brown Bag Films; Russell Boland, OPG Global Lead for Emerging Markets & EMEA Lead of New Business Acquisitions, Google and Peter Baxter, MD of Createschool.

Worldwide, the AV industry is in the middle of a revolution. The swift emergence of digital technologies is transforming every aspect of the audiovisual supply chain from content creation and distribution to user consumption. It is imperative for Ireland to stay at the forefront. The importance of the AV sector in employment terms is reflected in the fact that the sector employs over 6,000 individuals full-time and generates over €0.5 billion for the Irish economy. The AV production sector encompasses a huge variety of production industries including film, television, radio, music, gaming, live entertainment, and performance arts.

This conference will focus on The Big Picture, discussing the many opportunities and challenges that exist within the sector for start-ups, small enterprises and the industry as a whole. The focus for keynote speakers will be centred on how to successfully create and deliver content in the technological, sophisticated world we live in. The changing landscape for content creation, how it is valued, consumed, distributed and monetized, as well as the commercial and investment aspects of the industry and the international media marketplace will also be discussed.

The weekend, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November, Waterford hosts The LIT, Ireland's first youth-led literary Festival of Reading and Writing for Young People.

The LIT is a brand new festival of reading and writing created by young people for young people. The LIT Festival of Reading and Writing for Young People is the brainchild of Waterford Youth Arts creative writing group (Érin O'Hanlon, Amber Dowling, Daisy Drohan, Heather Eogan, Isabel Tiernan, Joy Curtis, Keeva O’Neill, Dylan O’Hare, Libby Marchant, Mary O’Donoghue, Nicola Cooney, Seán Dunne, Nicole Burke and Alana Daly Mulligan) who felt they would love to have, in Waterford (and for Ireland at large) a Festival that encouraged people of their own age to actively engage with literature and the wonderful world of words.

Once they had escaped the confines of their respective classrooms during the week, the upstairs room in Waterford Central Library became a sanctuary for the young writers who soon began plotting their #LitRevolution under the guidance of their Creative Writing mentor, Eimear Cheasty. Grants were attained and the fun began as the young writers looked into the finer details, organising the writers to appear, events to be held, designing web sites and logos.

The LIT will run from the 10TH to 11TH November 2017 with lots of events and workshops for young readers and writers to get stuck into from Open-mic Poetry to Writers Block workshops with some of the most exciting writers in Irish literature, there is sure to be something for every budding young writer. The Festival is designed for young people aged 15-19 years of age, anyone with a passion for writing and reading.

Together with Irish Rail, the LIT team have put together probably one of the most innovative events of the Festival. On the 11th November, the 10.15 am train from Heuston, Dublin to Waterford hosts a dedicated carriage to The LIT's WRITERS IN TRAINing, a carriage dedicated to writing with celebrated writers Stephen James Smith and Colm Keegan. Colm Keegan is a writer and performance poet from Dublin, Ireland; He has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, for both poetry and fiction and won the All Ireland Poetry Slam in 2010. In 2015 he was awarded a residency in the LexIcon, Ireland's largest public library. He is a creative writing teacher and co-founder of the Inklinks Project, a creative writing initiative for young writers. Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the Irish spoken word scene. His poetry videos have amassed over one million views online, including ‘My Ireland’, a short poetry film commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival. Together they lead the journey to Waterford with the WRITERS in TRAINing carriage.

The LIT was made possible by the funding and support from The Arts Council, Irish Writers Centre, Waterford City and County Council, Poetry Ireland, Irish Rail and Waterford Youth Arts and supported by Waterford Library Services.

For details visit: http://www.thelit.eu Events can be found throughout the city centre, principally Waterford Central Library Lady Lane, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms. Contact The Lit at their email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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