Friday 14 February, 10am—5pm
The Arts Council in partnership with the MA Festive Arts (University of Limerick) presents Change Makers conference, the first national gathering of festival makers and festival stakeholders in Ireland to map, measure and gather intelligence about arts festivals and better understand their scope and impact in civic society.
The event will bring together professional and voluntary festival creators, artists, funding agencies, policy makers and academics that have a vested interest in this domain to: evaluate current practices, network, assess the contribution of the festival sector's contribution to the cultural life of contemporary Ireland and support festival capacity building.
We will be joined by festival maker, Jude Kelly CBE, Founder of the Women of the World festival (WOW), former director of the Southbank Centre and theatre creator who will deliver our keynote address along with both international and Irish festival practitioners.
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.
The conference digital programme is available to download here
Please note that filming/photography will be taking place at the conference for documentation and archival purposes.
*Delegates will register for two of the four café sessions at registration on the day of the conference.
**Pop Up Clinics run at the same time as the four café sessions. Each clinic runs for 15 minutes as a one to one session. Places are allocated on a first come first serve basis and must be booked in advance by 7 February 2020. Please email Adrian Colwell at: email@example.com to book your place.(Please note: due to limited availability spaces are restricted to one festival per clinic)
Details correct at time of publication
The Change Makers conference is now SOLD OUT.
Live streaming of the morning programme is available via the Arts Council's Facebook page here.
Lunch is included with your conference ticket. If you have particular dietary requirements please inform the box office when booking your tickets so that your preference can be registered.
Accessible lifts and ramps are available to all conference locations and seating and is accessible for wheelchair users and those with impaired mobility. Access to and from the Irish World Academy building is via the main entrance doors facing the living bridge.
All conference events take place in the Irish World Academy with the exception of the Pavilion restaurant. This is situated facing the World Academy and can be accessed by both steps and a ramp. Entrance for all users is via the main entrance which is fully wheelchair accessible.
There are 17 designated parking spaces located in the Pavilion Car Park next door to the Irish World Academy
The Irish World Academy welcomes Assistance Dogs. If you have an assistance dog, please advise the Arts Council on 01 618 0284 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference brochure material is available by digital download but we are happy to provide specific materials for those that require them (Braille, Larger or specific print). A signing/subtitle facility will also be made available to those patrons with impaired hearing.
A live stream of the conference morning programme will also be available to view via the Arts Council’s Facebook page here.
If you have a particular requirement please or need more information please contact the festivals team at the Arts Council on 01 618 0284 or email@example.com and we will be happy to provide assistance.
The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick,
Castletroy, Co Limerick,
The Irish World Academy is located 4km from Limerick City on the University of Limerick Campus, just off the main Dublin road (N7). The University is served by public transport links and has parking near the Irish World Academy and also at the University Concert Hall (also on campus). See travel information for further details.
Travel to and from the Change Makers conference can be found here.
Preferential accommodation rates are available at the Kilmurray Lodge for conference attendees subject to availability. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please find a list of organisations who are registered to attend the conference here.
Directions from Pavilion Car Park at UL to Irish World Academy
Directions for walking from The Stables Bus Stop UL to the Irish World Academy
The Arts Council has set out a ‘greener conference’ commitment to ensure that ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ initiatives are prioritised as part of the event. Therefore, we encourage delegates to attend using public transport or car pool with other conference delegates to reduce emissions. Please bring ‘keep cups’ for tea and coffee served on the day and water bottles. Water refilling stations will be available on site for delegates. The Change Maker programme will be available in late January in digital format only via the Arts Council website to reduce paper and ink usage. We are asking delegates to recycle and bring their own lanyards on the day and their own tote bags for any conference materials they wish to take away.
More information on our greener policy for the conference can be found here.