Regionally, innovation & creative industries have been identified as having potential to diversify our enterprise base ensuring the south-east economy is more resilient and adaptable. Waterford Cultural Quarter is a local authority culture-led urban regeneration project that provides the opportunity for new economic and social outcomes through experimentation, creativity and innovation.
URDF investment of €27m is supported by the WCQ Strategic Plan 2021-2025 vision “to deliver inclusive and sustainable innovation and growth for the cultural and creative sectors of southeast Ireland”
WCCC supports this vision and proposes to do the following:
1. Create an interactive inventory of creative industry practice in Waterford and neighbouring counties of Wexford and Kilkenny, allowing for ongoing insights into local and regional creative opportunities and ecosystems, identification of future needs and analysis of impacts over time (Leveraging Three Sisters 2020 European Capital of Culture Creative Industries Report 2015)
2. Design and implement a networking platform to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between creative industry practitioners;
3. Build on identified strengths and opportunities, focus on areas of specialisation to develop networks who share an interest in operationalising creative innovation-focused initiatives and seek European funding to build and internationalise identified specialisations.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.