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IDEATE is a two-day mini festival celebrating design, craft and creativity which will be held in the city on July 5 and 6.

IDEATE is a two-day mini festival celebrating design, craft and creativity which will be held in the city on July 5 and 6.

The festival will involve technology-focused talks, workshops, music, screenings and a number of exhibitions.

The packed programme offers information and access to design processes and digital technology through discussions and hands-on practice; and also includes a variety of free drop-in creative activities, design challenges, workshops, award- winning films on design and craft, street food, craft beer, live music with Sounds of System Breakdown and an exciting live-art Draw-Off between the multi- award winning, Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon versus Kilkenny-born craft-punk Mick Minogue.

The multi-disciplinary minifestival is all about making and explores and celebrates craft, design and creativity through experimentation and collaboration and aims to build a community of practice actively engaged with innovation, technology and design.

At the centre of Ideate are two seminars mapping current terrain; Making Things explores how user-focused design and shifts in technology are transforming relationships between the object, maker and user in the 21st century and Making Worlds explores the active roles that craft, design and creativity are playing in the civic space looking at planning, sustanability and inclusive methodologies.

The Innocrafts strand offers information and access to design processes and digital technology through talks, discussion and hands on practice and there is also an exciting exhibitions strand to the programme.

Another highlight of the festival is Creative City - a series of inspirational talks by creative practitioners including Anna O’Sullivan, Ross Stewart, Mel O’Rourke and Naoise Nunn.

For more information see www.ideatefestival.com