The ISACS Network was delighted to attend FiraTàrrega again in 2023 – one of Europe’s largest street arts festivals – with the support of Culture Ireland and The Arts Council of Ireland.
The festival’s mission is to foster creativity, innovation, and artistic production, and to explore the potential of public space and street arts. Their aim is to create alliances based on networking, partnerships and synergies with the sector, to broaden the opportunities within the performing arts market in the national and international spheres.
ISACS Presence at FiraTàrrega
This year, the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network hosted ‘Positioning Ireland’ – a presentation on collaborating with street and circus artists of Ireland.
When and Where: 11.50 am CET, September 8th at Territori Creatiu, La Llotja
Presenters Lucy Medlycott (ISACS), Tara McGowan (Cairde), Paul Brown (Earagail), Anna Giribet i Argilés (Fira Tàrrega), Neus Ribas (Cine Sineu), AlanRichardson (SURGE) & Zoe Munn (Articulture), spoke about:
- The International Residency Initiative Scheme (IRIS) funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and led by Earagail Arts Festival & Cairde Sligo Arts Festival in partnership with FiraTàrrega.
- ‘Island Connects’, the Creative EU programme for performing artists with partners: Irish AerialCreation Centre, Cine Sineu Mallorca, Birca Denmark, Domino Croatia, Entropia Greece.
- The Four Nations artistic exchange programme between Spraoi Festival Ireland, Articulture Wales and SURGE Scotland which involves our NEST artists.
- The Culture Ireland supports available to discover Irish artists and present their work overseas.
The Irish delegation
We travelled with over 20 Irish delegates to Tarrega – artists, makers, festival programmers, policymakers, arts producers and more, to attend the festival & make new professional connections.
- Lucy Medlycott, Helen Collins and Cristina Ciampaglione (ISACS)
- Tara McGowan (Cairde Sligo Arts Festival)
- Paul Brown (Earargail Arts Festival)
- Aoife Noone (Galway Theatre Festival)
- Andrew Loretto (Winchester Hat fair)
- Alan Richardson (Surge Festival)
- Zoe Munn (Articulture)
- Fontanella Dance Company (IRIS artists in Residency)
- Darragh McLoughlin – Squarehead Productions
- Elysia Mc Mullen & Luisa Schmitz – Bill and Fred Productions
- Matt Szczerek – Kundle Cru
- Liza Cox and Alex Herring – Baubo Theatre (SPASA)
- Édaein Samuels – Those Two Idiots
- Ksenia Parkhatskaya & David Duffy – Jazzville Productions
- Polina Shapkina – Erebidae Circus & Independent Performer
- Aoife Kavanagh– Erebidae Circus & Independent Performer
- Bridget Ní Dhuinn – Erebidae Circus & Independent designer & maker
Elysia Mc Mullen & Luisa Schmitz – Bill and Fred Productions were also protagonists of an Impromptu Pop-up show at the Biblioteca, Pl. St Antoni – Tàrrega as part of the festival’s OFF – Programme.
Here is what the delegates said about their experience:
ISACS showed great initiative in promoting Those Two Idiots, our profiles and links to our social media etc where printed in the Isacs ‘Positioning Ireland’ booklet, which was a great resource for me in promoting my work. Being able talk to interested parties through what Those Two Idiots where about, and to pull out a booklet with a few images and a blurb, with technical details printed nicely on two pages was so handy! Lucy was also amazing introducing me to programmers that would have a vested interest in Those Two Idiots and our show, Beach Barrage.
-Édaein Samuels, Those Two Idiots
ISACS has been integral to the initiation and facilitation of a new residency partnership between Earagail Arts Festival, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival and Fira Tàrrega.
-Tara McGowan, Director Cairde Sligo Arts Festival
I very much appreciate collaborating with ISACS. I feel them championing Irish artists and at the same time being open to what that means in an ever changing environment.
-Darragh McLoughlin, Squarehead Productions
We are currently programming our 2024 festival, I am approaching several of the international artists as well as the Irish artists that appeared at Fira Tàrrega. It will also be my intention to talk to these artists about their future projects and potentially programming longer-term work in the Galway Theatre Festival 2025.
-Aoife Noone, Director Galway Theatre Festival
Learning that you could register in the morning to perform in the OFF program was great! We got to perform our show The Grannies to a large audience. This was a spontaneous action we took after knowing that we could perform. For future delegates who go to Tarrega they can have the chance of performing as well.
ISACS is an established organisation as they have been present at Tarrega for many years. Therefore they know a lot of people and can introduce & recommend who you can talk to & where to go. It was great that they had a booklet full of the Irish delegates where many people could see it.
-Elysia McMullen, Bill and Fred Productions