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ISACS Member - Lumen Street Theatre
ISACS Member - Lumen Street Theatre at Limerick Circus250 Parade | Photography Sean Curtin
Date: Thursday 19/ 04 / 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 15:30 pm | AGM 15:30 pm - 16:00 pm
Where: The Ark | Dublin
Tickets: Free eventbrite registration (free lunch for RSVP) 



'EXplore' is ISACS annual seminar looking at street arts, circus and spectacle and their vitality in Ireland today. EXplore is a free, public, open events’ full-day seminar taking place on Thursday, 19th of April at the Ark, in Dublin from 10:00 am to 15:30 pm.

Those who make the trip to this information-packed event will embark on a full day's journey with presentations, discussions and explorations into the art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle, learning about avenues of creation, expanding horizons and discovering new territories! 

Come along, make new contacts, hear about the latest ground-breaking projects and connect with the Irish street art, circus and spectacle community and creative minds.






EXplore will be followed by ISACS Annual General Meeting (programme and documents to download for members only).





10.00 – 10.30: Registration, Tea & Coffee




Aiden Phelan ISACS


10.30 – 10.35

Aidan Phelan – ISACS Chairperson
Welcome and Introduction




jo mangan Carlow arts festival web


10.35 – 11.00

Jo Mangan, Director Carlow Arts Festival & Performance Corporation

How Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle transforms Festivals and Audiences?



Jo is Director of Carlow Arts Festival. She is also Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts and Artistic Director of the company she co-founded The Performance Corporation.

Jo’s most recent directing work for The Performance Corporation included a series of performances presented as part of FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery, a national tour of The Dead - a New Opera based on the James Joyce short story, and with Boca del Lupo (Vancouver) Expedition. She also directed Wild Sky on National tour and in New York’s Irish Arts Center.

In 2013 she founded and curated the BIG House Festival - Irelands first ever site-specific arts festival awarded the ERIC for Best Irish Festival 2013. She was Artistic Director of 2014 Bram Stoker Festival Dublin also winner of the ERIC for Best Irish Festival. Other work includes Creative Consultancy for organisations including the Abbey Theatre and National Museum, curating the Theatre Forum conference in 2015 and working as International Programmer for Limerick City of Culture, where the highlights of her programme included Royal de Luxe.

Her work has won plaudits and awards internationally and nationally including a number of Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards comprising Best Director and Best Production nominations. In 2011/12 Jo was awarded the Jerome Hynes Clore Cultural Leadership Fellowship part of which saw her working at the Barbican Arts Centre as well as the Irish Department of Arts.





11.00 – 12.00

'Where to Next?' Workshop 

An exploratory participative session exploring two questions for the Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Art Forms:

Where are we now and Where do we want to go?



Stephane Segreto Aguilar Circostrada


12.00 – 12.30

Stephane Segreto Aguilar – Circostrada Network
What is FRESH STREET#3 and what will it do for me?



Holder of a BA in Foreign Languages and an MA in Arts Management and European Cultural Policies.

Successively contributed to the Italian cultural influence in France (Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Marseille) and to the French cultural influence abroad (French Embassy, both in Cuba and in Spain). Involved in the management of a European cooperation project from a leader (Apollonia European Art Exchanges, Strasbourg) and a partner perspective (ArtOS Foundation, Nicosia). Managed international relations for a contemporary dance and performing arts festival (iDANS, Istanbul), and an internationally renowned baroque ensemble (La Fenice, Auxerre). 

Currently, Coordinator of Circostrada Network, the European Network for Circus and Street Arts, as well as Head of Development at ARTCENA, the French National Centre for Circus Arts, Street Arts and Theatre.



12.30 – 13.30 Lunch by Jennie Moran, Luncheonette



Welcome words from Aideen Howard of The Ark





Neil Murray Abbey Theatre


13.30 – 14.00

Neil Murray - The Abbey Theatre

 'Beyond Walls'


Neil Murray is a theatre producer. From 2005 – 2016, he was Executive Producer at the National Theatre of Scotland where he oversaw the creation and expansion of the NTS from a standing start into a major international touring company. Neil was particularly involved in the international work of the NTS which toured to China, USA, Japan, Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Poland and Ireland. He was instrumental in their work transferring, commercially, to the West End of London (Let The Right One In) and Broadway, New York (the ‘Alan Cumming’ Macbeth).

In addition, he developed and managed co-productions with companies as diverse as the National Theatre of Great Britain, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Barbican and Royal Court Theatre, London, Campo (Ghent, Belgium), Parco (Tokyo, Japan) and TEAM (New York). Prior to the NTS, for six years, Neil was the Director of the Tron Theatre, Glasgow where he was responsible for producing Tron Theatre Company productions and programming all visiting work. Neil has also worked for 7:84 Theatre Company Scotland, the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and Granada Television, Manchester.

He is currently one of the Co-Directors of The Abbey Theatre, Dublin along with Graham McLaren.



 newsround 2018


14.00 – 15.00

Open Newsround - ISACS Artists Presentations, thoughts and ideas


Juley Ann Collins – Fidget Feet Aerial Dance

Debbie Wright – Turas Theatre Collective

Henrik Gard – Circomara

Aidan Phelan – Realta

Sandra Gonzales Bandera – Kadira Theatre

Catherine Bourne – Cork Community Art Link

Ken Fanning – Tumble Circus

Johnny Phelan - C Circus K & Street Theatre Ireland



The Open News Round is offering the unique opportunity for  ISACS members to present their latest project in front of fellow peers, attendees and Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle's enthusiasts.



 Lucy medlycott ISACS


15.00 – 15.30

Lucy Medlycott – ISACS Chief Executive Officer
Annual Report on ISACS activities 2017, ISACS Programme 2018. 




15.30 – 16.00

AGM (Members Only)


ISACS AGM 2017 web


 Explore is an event supported by Arts Council Ireland and Dublin City Council.

Arts Council funding street arts circus

logo dublin city council





Getting there

The Ark is located in the heart of Temple Bar in Dublin 2. on Eustace Street, which links Dame Street, at the South Great George’s Street junction, and the Quays, at the Millennium Bridge. It is easy to access by foot and public transport.

More information here.

The Ark location map




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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