The transformative power of festivals
14 February 2020
The Arts Council in partnership with the MA Festive Arts (University of Limerick) presents Change Makers conference, a gathering of arts festival stakeholders to map and take stock of festival practice in Ireland.
The event will bring together professional and voluntary festival organisers, artists, funding agencies, resource organisations and policy makers to assess the festival sector's contribution to cultural life in contemporary Ireland. The event will also provide festivals with an opportunity to network and build capacity through information and skill sharing.
Throughout Ireland dedicated boards, committees and individuals work tirelessly throughout the year to deliver arts festivals for their communities. These events range in scale and art form focus, some happen over a single day in a confined area, others extend over two or three weeks with work presented across cities and throughout counties. These events are invaluable for artists, providing them with the occasion to present their work to the public. They are also an integral part of the arts infrastructure that makes experiencing art as a spectator or participant possible.
However festivals have multiple other functions including helping to establish the identity of a town or region, providing employment for artists and many others, stimulating local economies through increased tourism and playing a key role in community development. The Change Makers conference will be an opportunity for key stakeholders to come together to assess the festival ecology, network, start conversations about festival practice and gain a greater understand the important role they play in the wider arts and civic ecologies.
The conference will be the first of its kind to be hosted by the Arts Council and has been developed as a response to Festival Policy commitments and objectives arising from the Arts Council's Strategy, Making Great Art Work 2016-2025.
If you would like further information, or would like to express interest in attending, please contact email@example.com
The Arts Council is also accepting expressions of interest from festival organisations that wish to contribute papers or topics for discussion or presentation. Deadline for expressions of interest is 18 November 2019
All expressions of interest should be sent by email to Karl Wallace, Head of Festivals, firstname.lastname@example.org