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Spraoi Studios visit
ISACS Member - Spraoi | Spraoi Studios visit featuring Aine Kilgalon of Galway Community Circus, Selene Demaria of Mirabilia Festival, Sharon O'Brien of Fairy and the Fidler, ISACS CEO Lucy Medlycott, Mirabilia Festival director Fabrizio Gavosto and Spoffin Festival director Alfred Konijnenbelt.

ISACS develops its connections across Ireland, the UK & Europe through direct relationships, membership of Circostrada, Outdoor Arts UKTheatre Forum and the Irish Theatre Institute and taking part in national and international events to raise the sector’s profile nationally and internationally. 

This includes hosting and attending annual seminars and networking events representing and showcasing ISACS members and aiming to further develop the sector.

Read more about ISACS partners.


National events

EXplore2017 seminar ISACS crowd

Picture: Explore 2017 by Charlotte Haffner


ISACS, under the leadership of Lucy Medlycott, has transformed my knowledge and appreciation of the Street Art, Circus and Spectacle sector in Ireland and Internationally. Their excellent guidance has directly influenced my thinking around the programming of Carlow Arts Festival since I took over the directorship in 2016, and has resulted in a massive uplift in our audiences both in terms of numbers and level of engagement.

Jo Mangan, Director, Carlow Arts Festival, 2018


The partnership with ISACS has been of great benefit to Cork Midsummer Festival, enabling us to further support emerging artists through the DELVE programme, broadening our networks in the European Street Arts and Circus world through the brokering of relationships at leading Catalan festival Fira Tarrega.

Kath Gorman, Head of Participation and Engagement, Cork Midsummer Festival, 2018


International events

2016 firatarrega isacs stand

Picture: ISACS stand at Fira Tarrega, 2016


Thanks to the close collaboration between FiraTàrrega and ISACS, in 2017 we opened a definitive door for exchange between the street arts and circus of Ireland and Catalonia. The role of ISACS has been essential to provoke and promote these exchanges. And this is only the first achievement of many more to come.

Mike Ribalta, Head of International Relations, Fira Tarrega, Catalonia, 2018


It was a great pleasure to work with ISACS on the Focus Irlanda and then to visit Ireland's inspiring Spraoi Festival to meet artists and local programmers. Thanks to ISACS and Culture Ireland an uncovered and not yet internationally visible artistic culture was brought to the attention of international programmers and an Italian audience.

Fabrizio Gavosto, Artistic Director Festival Mirabilia, International Circus & Performing Arts Festival, Italy, 2018


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
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