Guide

Creative industries - an overview

Introduction

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 and The Fall, to the thriving games industry - the creative sectors play a big role in the economic development and growth of the region.

Locally, over 36,000 people work in the creative industries or in creative occupations. This represents 4.6 per cent 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.