Galway Film Centre expands mission to new creative industries

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At the unveiling of Ardán (Irish for Stage), Irish Actors, Seán T Ó Meallaigh and Amy Joyce Hastings and Alan Duggan, Chief Executive, Ardán, Ananya Sharma, Documentary Filmmaker, Cathy Ní Fhlaithearta, Telegael, Bríd Seoighe, Abú Media and Paul Conway, Spooky Doorwear. Photo Martina Regan.

Galway Film Centre has undergone a major rebranding as it expands its mission to promote Film, TV, Animation and Games across Galway and the West.

Ardán, the Irish translation for stage or platform and the centre’s new vision, is responding to the rapid growth in a myriad of creative industry sectors in the region.

The drive and vision to bring the Galway Film Centre and its’ authentic creative community under the Ardán brand is a direct response to the tangible economic growth and changing landscape of screen users worldwide.

In Galway and the West of Ireland across all sectors of the creative industries anticipated economic value will be €84m in 2025, with over 1,700 people directly employed in the sectors.

This is an increase from €56m in 2018, with employment of 1,100, as quoted in the WRAP report. 

“Nurturing and fostering creative talent has been at the core of Galway Film Centre, now Ardán’s activity in an inspirational, highly driven and productive community for 30 years”, says Alan Duggan CEO of Ardán.

“The transition to Ardán will continue the organisation’s steadfast support for emerging and established talent,” he added.

But it will also now increasingly nurture “solid business growth, employment, production output and talent development” in the industry by working with its partners.

Ardán will facilitate training, networking, and development of ambitious creative career paths and businesses.

Providing the tools and asset support in terms of where to source talent and crew along with financial support to ensure stories and creations are brought to national and international audiences is one of the primary ambitions of Ardán.