Creative industries in Northern Ireland



Northern Ireland is home to a wide range of creative arts and industries. From first-rate film and television productions, such as Game of Thrones, Derry Girls and the Line of Duty, to the thriving digital games sector - the creative industries play a big role in the economic development and growth of the region.

Locally, around 33,000 people work in creative industries or occupations. This represents 3.9% of the workforce. Since creative industries rely on individual creativity, skill and talent, they have the potential to:

  • create capital and jobs
  • develop intellectual property
  • advance the way other business sectors innovate and compete
  • enhance Northern Ireland's profile on the world stage

This guide outlines the shape of the creative sector in Northern Ireland and highlights key opportunities and support available to Northern Ireland's creative businesses.