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Shining a light on local arts

Published: Thur, 9 Jun 2016
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Launch of Corncrake Magazine
Corncrake magazine launch
A new magazine has been set up to shine a light on the vibrant, dynamic arts scene in the Fermanagh and surrounding areas.
‘Corncrake Magazine’ is an initiative by the Fermanagh Writers group and recently received £1,000 business start-up funding from our Social Housing Enterprise Investment scheme.
Thirty four other local projects across NI are also celebrating after receiving grants totalling £363,000 for a range of our social enterprise initiatives.
Aimed at building services and creating new jobs in local housing communities, the individual awards ranged from £500 to £50,000. The scheme forms an integral part of our new Social Housing Enterprise Strategy.
‘Corncrake Magazine’ is a digital publication, which will be distributed bi-monthly to shine a light on local music, the visual arts and performance. At Corncrake Magazine’s core is the desire to highlight the incredible creativity of the diverse communities living and working in Fermanagh and surrounding cross-border areas. It aims to stimulate interest in the local arts scene and encourage more people from the area and beyond to enjoy what the area has to offer from the arts scene.
John Monaghan from Fermanagh Writers said
“We recognised a need to embrace and highlight the ‘creatives’ - people and organisations from Fermanagh and cross border area which light up our community with their talents – to a wider audience. With Corncrake Magazine this is being realised.  We were delighted to receive this funding from the Housing Executive’s Social Housing Enterprise awards as without it Corncrake couldn't have come to fruition so soon.”  
Eddie Doherty, our Area Manager, said:
“Through the Social Housing Enterprise Investment Scheme we are helping to foster vibrant communities across Northern Ireland, which is one of our prime objectives.
“By helping address issues of employability, the environment and building inward investments locally, we hope that our tenants’ quality of life and that of the wider community will be enhanced.
“I am pleased the group received this start-up funding from our initiative and I wish them well with Corncrake Magazine.”
Articles to be considered for Corncrake Magazine should be submitted to the editor
Fermanagh Writers intend to attracted additional financial and social investment to the initiative and ultimately the magazine will develop into a viable not-for-profit community business.
The second tranche of our Social Housing Enterprise Investment Scheme will open late June 2016.