Looking back at FRESH STREET #3
The ISACS Network together with our partners at Circostrada and in collaboration with Galway 2020 -the European Capital of Culture, recently presented FRESH STREET#3 – International Seminar for the development of Street Arts.
President Michael D. Higgins introduced FRESH STREET#3 in the opening words of the programme by saying: ‘Surely this is a time when we need to celebrate the public world, public spaces, and public performance. A privatised world is a lesser world.’ You may read his full text here.
Over 260 delegates attended, from 21 different countries, across 4 continents, including: France, Italy, Belgium, UK, Czech republic, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and of course Ireland.
In advance of the seminar a 2 day private meeting was hosted by the Arts Council of Ireland for policy makers across the world. Over 12 policy makers arrived from UK, Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Latvia and France to share and discuss topics of mutual interest. This was facilitated by the Circostrada Network and we understand was highly effective in mapping out means to establish data and to grow knowledge of this rapidly developing art form across territory.
In addition to the seminar, an extensive artistic programme was presented. The ISACS network launched an open call for artists to apply to present work. Over 115 applications were received from 6 continents. You can view the final Artistic Programme here.
An artistic residency programme was developed in partnership with the Áras Éanna Arts Centre on Inis Oírr through an open call. The successful applicants were contemporary juggler duo: Kate Boschetti (Italy) and Liam Wilson (UK), who together stayed on Inis Oírr for a month creating and building a new site specific work for the island and with the place. They were joined by Andrea Galad who has created a documentary of their time there which will be released shortly. You can read about the residency opportunity here.
ISACS were overwhelmed by the incredible and powerful response from both the delegates, stakeholders, partners and the public who said:
‘Felt a real privilege to be there.’
‘The coming together of many delegates from across the EU and international countries to share ideas, research, views and art methods, at a time that we need to ever strongly work together.’
‘Unique and creative programme exploring the themes in an accessible and imaginative way.’
‘It was brilliant for me as an artist on many different levels. The chance to share my work, engage with others work and meet lots of people across the world involved in street arts was exciting and very useful. I enjoyed the immersion of it and really enjoyed being in Galway City. I will try and attend City of Culture in 2020. The team really considered my needs as a disabled person which I appreciated. The whole team were open, friendly and well organised.’
‘The event was well organized and really FRESH (actually the first fresh one in terms of reinventing the conference model).’
Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.