This month is Craft Month, the annual celebration of craft in Northern Ireland, and I visited Newtownards for the launch of Creative Peninsula.
Creative Peninsula is now in its ninth year and runs from 6 to 15 August. It is designed to promote artists and craftspeople living and working in the Ards Peninsula. The event will comprise a series of exhibitions, open studios and taster workshops as well as a 'Craft in the Square' day featuring demonstrations, music and 'children's creative peninsula'.
I was very impressed by the range of exhibitions and activities being offered and I am sure that arts and crafts lovers, both lcoal and from further afield are in for a real treat during the course of this event.
The creative industries have the potential to generate very significant and long lasting economic benefits for Northern Ireland and this is especially important in these tough economic times.