Creative Europe is a financial support programme for the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors in Europe and ran in Northern Ireland from 2014-20.

During this time, the programme supported European and international projects in the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors with the potential to travel and reach new audiences, build partnerships and collaboration between professionals in different member states, and share skills. 

Highlights from the programme include:

  • 15 organisations directly received Creative Europe funding in Northern Ireland totalling €1,927,707.
  • Projects in Northern Ireland partnered with organisations operating out of 20 out of the 41 participating countries in the Creative Europe programme:  Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and UK (England).
  • €1,207,523 was awarded to Northern Irish companies and organisations through the MEDIA sub-programme. (This supported film, television, new media and video games, offering funding, training and networking opportunities.)
  • €720,184 was awarded to Northern Irish companies and organisations through the Culture sub-programme. (This supported the cultural sectors and funded mainly collaborative projects and initiatives across all art forms.)
  • 3% of MEDIA grants awarded to the UK went to Northern Irish organisations.
  • 3.3% of Culture Cooperation Projects the UK have been involved in included a Northern Ireland partner.

As well as fifteen Northern Ireland-based organisations that received direct grants, many other organisations and artists have benefited from the Creative Europe programme, for example independent Arts company, Beat Carnival (Belfast) as a Network member, and individual screen professionals who have received funding to attend training and markets. 

Download below a full report on the impact of Creative Europe in Northern Ireland.

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