Since 2017, the ISACS Network has developed its professional training programme for future arts leaders, managers, administrators, event coordinators, festival programmers, arts communications officers, academics,  and researchers, with many of our previous students subsequently entering those fields.

This year we are hosting  Marion Gianesini and Léna Paquis-Arias, a professional duo from France, visiting us as part of the Erasmus+ programme, and joining us for the National Circus Festival in Tralee.

Marion and Léna work for Scopie, a performing arts support agency based in Frontignan in the south of France.

Scopie provides artistic companies with all the support they need: production, administration, booking, development and strategy.

They also develop a cultural season of community-based projects in collaboration with the local associations and population. Scopie’s aim is to be a tool for cultural operators, therefore we work to make the cultural sector more sustainable, fair and reachable.

Here is what they say about their choice to meet with ISACS.

We chose to visit ISACS to gain a new insight on Irish and international circus practices. It’s a chance for us to be welcomed by an organisation that works to shape the circus sector.

The purpose of our Erasmus+ project is to improve our knowledge about different production working methods and performing arts creating processes.

We expect from our journey to get an overview of the circus field in Ireland and to build a strong relationship between our organizations, for meaningful future  cooperations.”