Creative industries

An introduction to the role of creative industries in the economy and sub-sectors of creative industries.

Role of creative industries in the economy

Prosperous economies are characterised by a strong creative sector and the creative industries are recognised across the globe for their potential for wealth and job creation. They are emerging as one of the fastest growing and increasingly important sectors of the economy.

Promoting innovation, research and development, and creativity has been recognised by the NI Executive as a key priority in rebuilding and rebalancing our economy. The creative industries are important drivers of economic and social innovation. This vibrant sector has huge potential and can have significant spill-over impact into other business areas such as manufacturing and tourism.

The Department plays a key role in supporting and nurturing the creative industries across the region, primarily through the work of the Arts Council and Northern Ireland Screen. The Department is also committed to harnessing the catalytic potential of Northern Ireland’s creative and cultural infrastructure to inspire new collaborations, initiatives and innovation.

Sub-sectors of creative industries

The creative industries are commonly considered to include sub-sectors such as:

  • advertising
  • architecture
  • arts and antiques
  • computer Games
  • crafts
  • design
  • designer fashion
  • film
  • TV and radio
  • music
  • performing arts
  • publishing
  • software/digital media

Northern Ireland Screen

Northern Ireland Screen is the government-backed lead agency in Northern Ireland for the film, television and digital content industry, driving global growth through boosting the economy, celebrating our culture and enhancing our children’s education. 

The Department supports Northern Ireland Screen to deliver the cultural and educational aspects of this activity through funding the Creative Learning Centres, Careers Programmes, School Film Clubs, the Exhibition Sector (Film Festivals and Queen’s Film Theatre) and the Digital Film Archive.

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