Leitrim, Sligo and Roscommon County Councils announce two new film awards.

As part of a new partnership Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon County Councils have come together with filmmakers from the three counties with a view to enabling the film sector here to grow and develop.​ Each of the three local authorities involved in this project recognise the value of film as an artform and the contribution that film can make to the region - socially, culturally and economically. In adopting a regional approach, we recognise that we can achieve a lot more by harnessing the capacity, resources and energy of agencies and practitioners of all three counties.

As part of that, for 2018, we have introduced two new bursary programmes for filmmakers based in Sligo, Leitrim or Roscommon - A Film Collaboration Bursary for collaboration between a writer and filmmaker and a Film Completion Award for film projects already underway. The closing date for both opportunities is 30th June 2018.


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Save the date – June 23rd – Cruinniú na nÓg celebrating creativity in young people

Do you have an idea for an event for children and young people celebrating culture and creativity that you would like to see happen?

Saturday June 23rd was established this year under the Creative Ireland programme as a national day of creativity for children and young people. The model is similar to Culture Night but in contrast to Culture Night, events can be held during the day, making them much more accessible to children and young people. While the focus of most events will be on Saturday 23rd itself, events can also happen on the day before for those groups, especially schools, that meet during the week.


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Call for applications - Creative Ireland Open Call

The Creative Ireland Open Call is a countywide open call to community groups, organisations, venues, artists, writers, performers, archaeologists, historians, archivists and everyone involved in the culture and creative sectors to develop high quality projects and programmes that enable groups and individuals to realise their full creative potential and develop and encourage greater access, knowledge and appreciation of the arts, culture and heritage.

Applications must be developed by a community group, venue or organisation in partnership with individuals with professional expertise in any creative or cultural arena such as visual or performing arts, literature, heritage or other culture area.


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Leitrim County Council publishes Culture & Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022

At its last meeting, the members of Leitrim County Council adopted the council's first Culture & Creativity Strategy. The vision of Creative Ireland is that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to fully realise his or her creative potential. The Creative Ireland Vision for Leitrim is to nurture and foster creative expression in all its diversity; embrace and welcome new ideas; and create the conditions to help turn those ideas into reality and embed creativity into all aspects of the social, economic and cultural life of Leitrim. The new strategy sets out the priorities to achieve that objective in a comprehensive plan and as well as achieving that under the Creative Ireland programme, a central purpose of the strategy is to act as guidance and a key influencer in the development of all cultural policies and corporate planning developed during the tenure of the Creative Ireland programme.


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Leitrim County Council seeks Creative Ireland Project Manager

Leitrim County Council invites tenders from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to manage the 2018 Creative Ireland Open Call and Cruinniú na nÓg programmes. Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of the creative sector and may have a background in Arts & Culture or Community Development. The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 13th April. For further information contact Philip Delamere at or phone 071 96 21694.

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Call for Leitrim Companies

Spark is an artist residency programme aimed at companies who are interested in collaborating with artists and promoting creativity within their organisation. Leitrim County Council Arts Office and Local Enterprise Office Leitrim are now looking for businesses in Leitrim that would like to participate in the 2018 programme.

Previous participants have included The Bush Hotel; Leitrim Organic Centre; Cafe Lounge; Leitrim Association for People with Disabilities; the Leitrim Observer; The Hive, Mohill Enterprise Centre; Prior PLM Medical and Leitrim County Council

As part of the residency an artist spends an average of two days per week over the course of six months developing work which carries equal benefit to both the artist and the company.

If you manage a private or public business in Leitrim and would like to get involved in Spark, simply contact the arts office and let us know. For further information, please visit or contact Christine Kelly at Leitrim County Council Arts Office on 071 96 21694 or email

Closing date for receipt of interest from companies is Friday 13th April. Once the company is selected, artists apply for the programme through open competition.


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2017 Arts Projects Highlighted on Film at Creative Frame Event

Five arts projects supported by Leitrim County Council during 2017 were highlighted in a film made by Johnny Gogan of Bandit Filma at this year's Creative Frame Christmas Get Together.

Included are Brian Farrell who worked with Mohill Photography Club as part of Leitrim County Council's Artist in Communities Scheme; featured from Spark, which is a partnership programme of Leitrim County Council's Arts Office and Local Enterprise Office, is Tinka Bechert who worked with PLM Medical in Carrick on Shannon; Sean Nos dancer Edwina Guckian who was awarded a bursary to work with musicians David Munnelly, Stephen Donnolly, Danny Diamond and singer Nell Ní Chróinín; artists M.A. Djeribi and Jessica Kelly whose programme of exhibitions and talks 'At The Station' at the disused Mohill Railway Station was funded under Leitrim's Creative Ireland Open Call; and Maura Williamson whose project Bright Sparks, also funded under the Creative Ireland Open Call, provides a new entry point into youth theatre for young people who may feel marginalised for any number of reasons.

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