Belfast has a cultural scene that is thriving. Resurgent and flourishing, the city has a variety of creative offerings: the lively Cathedral Quarter – a hub of creativity and innovation, renowned arts centre the MAC, as well as an abundance of street art with great historical, cultural and political significance.
What’s more, the city of Belfast has established itself as a leading hub for the creative, digital and information and communications technology industries – so much so that a new scheme aimed at broadening Northern Ireland’s access to the screen and creative industries launched last year. Funded by the Department for Communities and in partnership with BBC Northern Ireland, the Creative Industries New Entrants initiative offers emerging talent from disadvantaged backgrounds formal training, as well as the opportunity to partake in paid, 12 to 18-month placements to kickstart their creative careers.
With initiatives actively seeking out new talent, coupled with the fact that the creative industries in Northern Ireland is employing over five percent of the entire workforce, the region’s creative sector is blooming. And to help you explore some of it, here, we’re shedding light on eight creative studios in Belfast – including design, branding and animation. Scroll down to explore them all!