Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has praised the Glasgowbury project in Draperstown for its innovative use of creative technologies in rural areas.
Speaking after visiting the project Ms Anderson said;
“The Glasgowbury music festival is known far and wide and was rightly recognised as one of the best festivals in Ireland.
“Alongside the festival, Glasgowbury now offers a range of courses for young people including music, creative entrepreneurship, community arts and outreach.
“I visited Glasgowbury alongside Francie Molloy and met with Paddy Glasgow, the man behind the project.
“The centre is open 80 hours a week providing much-needed services in the Draperstown area. Thanks to funding from Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín they have also been able to purchase a van to help young touring bands.
“What Paddy Glasgow and his team have achieved at Glasgowbury shows that it is possible to deliver first-class community services in rural areas.
“This innovative approach means young people living in rural areas are able to access state-of-the-art services in their own communities.”