The fourth edition of N.E.S.T was held at  Spraoi Festival from 3-5 August 2019.

Mentor: Simon Thompson.

Selected companies

  • Turas Theatre Collective
  • Woven Circus Collective


Taking part in NEST was a fun, re-invigorating, inspiring and very useful experience for us. To be afforded the time and space to develop our project in such a supportive environment was a gift. We received helpful, insightful and sensitive feedback; we were able to meet and exchange with other artists; and we had the opportunity to present our work to international presenters as well as engage with them during the festival within the framework provided by ISACS and Spraoi. As well as all this, we simply had a great time in Waterford and felt so welcomed and supported. NEST is a wonderful opportunity for emerging street artists and I would encourage anyone to apply for it.
Turas Theatre Collective

Thanks so much to ISACS for having us as part of NEST this year. We enjoyed the experience and found it really helpful to spend the week working with Simon adapting our show to suit the street. It was a great opportunity to make connections internationally and locally which we hope to follow up in the future. We were well looked after by the whole team and loved being a part of the Spraoi festival alongside the other NESTers Turas Theatre Collective. It really was great fun and hugely helpful. Woven Circus Collective