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Date: 12 / 11 / 2016
Time: 11.30am - 1.30pm
Where: Tralee Chamber Alliance, 18 Denny St, Tralee
Tickets: Free



ISACS are delighted to announce their annual Open Forum event ‘Share’ that is taking place on Saturday 12th November from 11.30-1.30pm in association with the National Circus Festival of Ireland.

Come along, hear a wide range of views and share your opinions, ideas & experience in a safe open forum for all interested in the future development of these art forms. This is a free, public, open event and with a diverse selection of contributions ranging from performers and programmers to directors and stakeholders, a lively discussion is guaranteed.

Please let us know your interest on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1775675469374795 or drop us an email at info@isacs.ie

Line up!

11.30: Welcome & Introductions - Aidan Phelan (Chair of ISACS)  & Lucy Medlycott Aidan (Project Manager of ISACS)
11.45: Niamh Ní Raghallaigh, Circus Artist with Silver Lining - My road to professional education & career as a circus performer so far!
12.00: Paddy Waters, Circus Artist - Top Tips for becoming a professional performer
12.15: Dr Niamh NicGhabhann, Director of MA in Festive Arts, Irish World Academy - What can Academic Research do for us?
12.30: Kath Gorman, Artistic Director of Cork Midsummer Festival  - My experiences as a programmer and what I look for from artists.
12.45: Greg  Quinn - The Art of Insurance - do's and don'ts
1.00: Open Forum/Newsround/Your time!
1.20: Summary

About the Contributors:

Niamh Ní Raghallaigh is a multi skilled performer with a background in gymnastics and a BA Hons Degree in Circus Arts, from The National Centre for Circus Arts. While her main discipline is hand balancing, she is also an experienced acrobat, singer songwriter and musician. Her most distinctive performance style is singing a song whilst upside down displaying various hand stand shapes, transfers and acrobatics. Niamh is a founding member and co-manager of British circus company Silver Lining, who she is currently performing and touring with.

Paddy Waters has been performing throughout Europe for many years on the street, at festivals and in theatres. He was involved with the London Olympics, Commonwealth games and Tour de France and many more high profile events.

Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann is the course director for the MA Festive Arts programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Her research explores festivals, public space and cultural entrepreneurship. The MA Festive Arts programme was voted ‘Best New Course’ at the 2015 GradIreland awards. According to the judges, ‘
Not only is this course a world first, it supports national economic, social and cultural needs with a clear practical focus’.

Kath Gorman is the Artistic Curator for Cork Midsummer Festival (CMF). Previous positions include Project Manager, Cork Ignite; Associate Producer, CMF;  Director, Kinsale Arts Week; Festival Producer, BBC Blast; and Director, Jacksons Lane.  She is Chair of Cork Printmakers and is a past board member of Total Theatre and the Little Angel Theatre London.

IOMST  are the insurance partners of ISACS. Providing competitive liability insurance solutions, advice and support.


Many thanks to the National Circus Festival of Ireland for hosting ISACS. Thank you to Tralee chamber alliance for the use of their room, and of course to all the contributors for giving their time and thoughts to this event.

Thank you to the Arts Council also for their continued support of ISACS .

Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network

Irish Theatre Institute, 17 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
00 353 (0)87 0541812 info@isacs.ie