Creative industries in the region are being urged to consider attending a major conference in Northern Ireland.

Creative Clusters - which costs £475 for full conference registration - aims to help people working in the development of creative industries to communicate and share resources with one another.

The event, held in Belfast on Monday, October 24 to Wednesday, October 26, features more than 70 speakers from over 25 countries.

They will explore major themes in creative industry development policy throughout 2005 - investment, skills and inclusion, supported by an exciting special events programme of workshops, seminars, visits and tours.

Key note speeches will be made by: n James Purnell MP, Minister for Creative Industries n Professor The Right Honourable Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey, OBE n Chris Yapp, head of public sector innovation, Microsoft UK.