Igniting Ireland’s Cultural and Creative Capital

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Dublin, Ireland, 28 November 2013, Cultúr Lab, in partnership with Innovation Dublin, UCD Research and UCD Innovation, will this evening host an Open Forum entitled Igniting Ireland’s Cultural and Creative Capital. The aim of the forum is to explore best practise for nurturing and supporting cultural and creative innovation.

The event includes a keynote presentation from Peter Jenkinson OBE and a panel discussion on how best to harness intellectual and cultural capital by connecting the university, city and private enterprise.

Peter Jenkinson OBE is a cultural broker who works across a diverse portfolio of disciplines and sectors including broadcasting, public policy, regeneration, arts, creative industries and leadership development.

His key areas of interest include the critical roles of creativity, learning, innovation, diversity and broader cultural participation across society as well as a commitment to building social justice and intelligent democracy.

Peter’s current projects include co-curator of the events programme for the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) 2014 and visual arts advisor to the Street Child World Cup 2014.

He is also co-facilitator of cultural leadership and innovation laboratories for the British Council in Marseille, the Middle East and North Africa and lead project advisor for the British Council’s global culture and conflict programme.

Speaking in advance of the event, Dr Marisa Ronan, co-founder Cultúr Lab said, “The Open Forum is seeking to bring together a range of stakeholders from across the cultural institutions, the creative industries, universities and private sector to explore best practice to leverage our cultural and creative capital.”

The Open Forum takes place this evening from 5-7pm at UCD Newman House, 86 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. 

The members of the panel are:

  • Dr Aoibheann Gibbons, co-founder Cultúr Lab, UCD
  • Professor Peter Clinch, UCD Vice-President for Innovation
  • Stuart McLaughlin, Chief Executive, Business to Arts
  • Tim O’Connor, Chairman, Gathering Advisory Board
  • Cristina Luminea, CEO, ThoughtBox
  • Angela Dorgan, CEO, First Music Contact.


28 November 2013

For further information contact Dr Marisa Ronan, co-founder Cultúr Lab, e: marisa.ronan@ucd.ie, t: +353 1 716 3795 or m: +353 85 147 2187 or Micéal Whelan, Communications Manager (Innovation), University College Dublin, e: miceal.whelan@ucd.ie or t: +353 1 716 3712.

Editor Notes

Peter Jenkinson OBE is available today for media interviews and all requests are to be directed to Dr Marisa Ronan.

Cultúr Lab

Cultúr Lab is a strategic alignment between University College Dublin and Dublin City Council which fosters the growth and development of creative innovation based on Ireland's long established heritage in the Arts & Humanities.

Innovation Dublin

Innovation Dublin, co-ordinated by Dublin City Council, is a project of the Creative Dublin Alliance, a network to develop, manage and promote Dublin’s international reputation as a city where creativity and innovation thrive.

Innovation Dublin is part of an EU-funded Interreg Open Innovation project an initiative designed to promote open innovation by businesses, higher education institutions and communities in north-west Europe

For further information on the event and Cultúr Lab visit www.culturlab.ie.