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Insurance update and report | November 2019

INSURANCE REFORM

The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network have been advocating for Insurance Reform for this sector for over three years. Insurance has long been an issue for artists, but it really came to a head in 2017 when the UK underwriters started to withdraw from trading in Ireland, leaving only one provider for the teaching of aerial skills. Subsequently the costs for same went up by five times in less than a year, even with no claims. That underwriter (Lloyds) has since withdrawn, leaving not a single provider for the teaching of circus skills, in particular aerial, or anything which is off the ground by more than 1.5 metres in Ireland.
This leaves many artists and organisations at risk of two things:
  • Operating without insurance
  • Closing down
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A 6 month long L.E.A.P.

The last L.E.A.P. programme addition of 2019 is Augustina Vasile. She will be assisting the team in the following 6 months (until May 2020) with communication and event planning activities while also learning new skills in managing an artists’ network and advocating for street arts and circus.
ISACS started the L.E.A.P. programme in 2017. This programme is a part of the professional training programme that offers future arts leaders experience in research, communications and event coordination. L.E.A.P. means Learn, Experience, Achieve, and Prepare and by the means of the learning-by-doing approach participants receive real-world experience working in an arts organisation. 

Here is a small testimonial from Augustina which will help you get to know her before meeting her in person in ISACS’ next events.
  
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ISACS at National Circus Festival of Ireland 2019

Thank you to National Circus Festival of Ireland for welcoming us so warmly ! We were absolutely delighted to take part in this event.

This year, for#DELVE19,
Elysia Mc Mullen and Deirdre Griffin experienced for the first time NCFI at Tralee. 
For these new ISACS members, this was a great opportunity to seek inspiration and make new contacts.
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Future of Ireland’s Leading Centre for Youth and Social Circus Development: Threatened by Insurance.

Street Arts Body calls for Local Authorities to intervene with emergency measure.

ISACS, the The Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network has expressed its dismay at the announcement that Galway Community Circus, one of Irelands flagship social circus projects, has been forced to cancel all classes for their 650 members and may be forced to close its doors due to the lack of available, adequate insurance, jeopardising one of the main projects of Galway Capital of Culture 2020.

Lucy Medlycott, Director of ISACS said “So far, no insurance reform put forward by the Government has done anything to protect the provision of liability insurance for the Galway Community Circus (GCC) or any of our other member organisations. As an emergency measure we call on the local authorities of Ireland, who benefit hugely from the presence of street artists in their communities, to act immediately to instruct the insurance company they own, the Irish Public Bodies mutual, to cover the activities of our members as an emergency measure while we wait for insurance reform to take effect.

“It makes no sense to us in ISACS, that the State can support the creation of many projects which are in the public interest, but cannot facilitate the provision of insurance to these projects to protect themselves.”

“The Arts Council of Ireland alongside the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, have increased their investment in street art in recent times, recognising their hugely democratic, civic and accessible nature. They believe in this work and in its benefits for our society. It follows that they would like to support the development of the next generation of artists to continue the work put in to date. In order to do that, it is vital that centres like Galway Community Circus can continue to deliver the high quality training programmes that they do. GCC has taken years to build these programmes and have grown a particularly specialist team of staff to deliver same. Ireland will be the loser, if nothing is done about providing insurance RIGHT NOW to protect the over 20 jobs which GCC provides.”

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DELVE19: Meet the NCFI DELVErs

Congrats to ISACS members Elysia McMullen and Deirdre Griffin !

They have both been selected to take part in our DELVE programme at National Circus Festival of Ireland this November! For the fourth year in a row, our DELVErs will Discover, Explore, Learn Visualise and Engage with the artists and programmers at a selection of events specially selected by our festival partner and share their experiences and learning’s with you. 

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SEE HERE: Meet Tia Jorda & Rafal Sadownik at NCFI Tralee

ISACS are delighted to partner with Culture Ireland to bring International Programmers to attend and meet with ISACS artists at the National Circus Festival of Ireland, Tralee next week-end.
So come along and meet with Tià Jorda of Circaire, Mallorca and Rafał Sadownik of Carnaval Sztukmistrzow.

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Another L.E.A.P. Forward!

Clara SIMON

November – December 2019

"I come from Nantes (France), and I am currently doing an International management degree at ENC (Ecole Nantaise de Commerce). Part of this course includes a 7 week internship, which I am happy to complete with the ISACS Network.  While here I will be learning all about communication and event management."


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ISACS is Growing!!


We are delighted to announce the expansion of our team with the appointment of Kate Lynch as Company Administrator.

Kate’s role is a vital one which will ensure the continued growth and development of the Network. Kate will oversee the administration of the office, the financial management and the implementation of policies and procedures. You are so very welcome Kate!!

Kate is a Wexford woman originally, who spread her wings to Australia where she has lived and worked since 2010.

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Coolcatts Halloween Festival in partnership with Sorcas Garman

Sorcas-Garman

Date: Thursday 31st October      Time: 5pm        Where: Coolcotts Youth Centre

Sorcas Garman is a new initiative bringing Social and Youth Circus practice to Wexford. The project was developed in partnership with the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network, Core Creations, FDYS, Wexford County Council, Wexford Arts Centre and Local Link Wexford.

Wexford Local Development have been the main stakeholder in this project throughout 2019, which has provided new and exciting ways to engage young people in creative and physical activity.

The group of young people, who are part of the FDYS Youth Project, have met every Tuesday afternoon at Wexford Arts Centre since February. There they have learned many skills such as juggling, stilt-walking, basic acrobatics, hula hoop and many more. These skills promote team building, develop self-esteem, encourage safe risk-taking and increase trust and responsibility.

Some of the feedback from the participants include:

‘Sorcas Garman is where I come to clear my mind’ (age 15)

‘Sorcas Garman is a creative outlet for me and is a great way to meet up with friends.’ (age 13)

‘It is a way to learn multiple skills and a way to convey emotions and stuff.’ (age 12)

‘Makes me feel energetic and welcomed in a group.’ (age 13)                                                                                                                   

Throughout the project the young people have worked with a  wide range of artists from different practices developing new ideas and ways of working and thinking. Sorcas Garman wants to thank each and every one of these artists for all their energy, enthusiasm and contributions.

There has been a notable increase in confidence levels and ownership of the workshop's and the skills learned and mastered. The young people have developed life-long skills and true friendships have been formed. Also the input from the youth-workers, Wexford Arts Centre Staff and Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network, has contributed to the overall feeling of solidarity and security within the group.’ said Enda Moran of Core Creations – director of Sorcas Garman.

The social impact of engaging in creative and physical activities has been noted by the FDYS team also:

‘FDYS are delighted to be part of this exciting programme, over the weeks we have watched young people grow in confidence as they learn a variety of circus skills. We are very excited to have Sorcas Garman lead this year’s Coolcatts Halloween Fest where young people will showcase the various skills they have learned over the past few months’ said Eimear McMahon FDYS youth worker

The project is now coming to the end of this the first phase and invites you all to come and see their work as part of the annual Coolcatts Halloween Festival on 31st October from 5pm in Coolcotts, Wexford. A massive thanks was extended to all the partners for their commitment and support: Wexford Local Development, FDYS, Wexford Arts Centre, Local Link Wexford, Wexford County Council, Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network and Core Creations, without whom this project would not have been possible.

If you would like to support this project going forward, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Debbie Roche/Eimear McMahon | Youth Workers with FDYS | www.fdys.ie

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#DELVE 19 - National Circus Festival Ireland

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Our next D.E.L.V.E. takes place at the National Circus Festival of Ireland from 15 – 17th November 2019! 

The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) are thrilled to announce we have partnered with NCFI yet again to bring you our special DELVE programme for 2019 with an opportunity for two DELVE participants to attend.

Participants will Discover, Explore, Learn Visualise and Engage with the artists and their fellow ISACS member and will be encouraged to share their experiences and learning’s submitting their feedback on the DELVE page of our website, sharing it on social media and any relevant online platforms!

The closing date for this programme is Tuesday 29th October at 12 noon

Check out DELVE application requirements 2019.


It has broadened my eyes in terms of the types of performance styles and levels that our country has to offer. I would firmly recommend the DELVE programme to other ISACS members in the future.

Danielle Reck - full feedback

You will make so many connections that will help you discover more about what you want to do. And not only that you will make genuine friendships. It is completely nourishing for anyone who wants to delve into their discipline more with a professional outlook.


Nicola Moran - full feedback

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DELVE19: Meet the Spraoi Delvers!

Congrats to our members Sarah Kinneen - Flowlita and Fiona Hession – Galway Community Circus.


They have been selected to take part in our DELVE programme at Waterford Spraoi this August! For the fourth year in a row, our DELVErs will Discover, Explore, Learn Visualise and Engage with the artists and programmers at a selection of events specially selected by our festival partner and share their experiences and learning’s with you. 

Keep an eye on the hashtags #DELVE19 and #Spraoi2019.

We will be retweeting and reposting what’s happening live at the events on: 

- Facebook (Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network @ISACSNetwork), 
- Twitter (@ISACSIreland), 
- Instagram (@ISACSIreland).

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On the Road: Open Forum | in partnership with Outdoor Arts UK & Spraoi

Date: Sunday 4th August 2019

Time: 10 – 11.30am

Venue: Garter Lane Arts Centre, 22A O’Connell Street, Waterford, X91 DX57





This year’s theme for our very popular open forum is:

‘Feeding Creativity’ 

How can creativity be supported? What kinds of things does creativity need to flourish? Where does inspiration/motivation come from? What makes you feel creative?

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PITCH- ISACS Artists to present at Spraoi

PITCH has been designed in partnership with Culture Ireland to give an opportunity to emerging ISACS artists to present their idea in a professional environment. The chosen artists will be supported and trained in how to present their idea formally to an audience of programmers and bookers.

Date: Saturday 3rd August

Time: 10.30 – 11.30

Location: A Little Room, GarterLane, O’Connell Street, Waterford

Please email Lucy info@isacs.ie to attend same.

 

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ISACS to bring International delegates to Spraoi



ISACS are delighted to partner with Culture Ireland once again on inviting a wide delegation of International programmers to join us at Spraoi, Waterford, on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of August.

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FiraTàrrega- Call for Participation










If you have a project in the process of creation for which you are looking for a co-production or you have a newly-produced show that you need to find your distribution circuit, you can now present it in the framework of the professional activities of FiraTàrrega.

This call is to select up to 20 proposals, which will be presented publicly in a pitching session in the framework of professional activities organised in La Llotja, during the next edition of FiraTàrrega (Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September).
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Sorcas Gorman 2019

Core Creations are the lead facilitators for Sorcas Garman’  is a brand new Social Circus project facilitated by Core Creations and developed in partnership with the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network, FDYS, Wexford Arts Centre and Local Links.

 This new initiative came about with the financial support of Wexford Local Development, as a way to engage young people in creative and physical activity.

 The group meet at Wexford Arts Centre once a week and learn many skills such as juggling, stilt-walking, basic acro, hula hoop and many more.

 ‘We want to support young people to have the tools to grow a community. Social circus gives them those tools through expression, co-ordination, self-awareness, confidence and joy. This all means good things for local development, it means good things for the atmosphere and environment of a place, it means good things for the culture of a place and it ultimately means good things for a community. Positive societies, proactive societies and constructive caring societies breed happiness and happiness breeds everything else.’ said Enda Moran, lead facilitator with Core Creations.

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DELVE19 at Spraoi Festival | Open for applications!



Our next D.E.L.V.E. takes place at Spraoi Festival from 2nd to 4th August 2019! 

The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) are thrilled to announce we have partnered with the Spraoi Festival to bring you our special DELVE programme for 2019 with an opportunity for two DELVE participants to attend.

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DELVE19: Meet the Irish Aerial Dance Festival Delvers!

Congrats to our members Ciara Moloughney and Vicky Lennie.
They have been selected to take part in our DELVE programme at Irish Aerial Dance Festival this June! 
For the fourth year in a row, our DELVErs will Discover, Explore, Learn Visualise and Engage with the artists at a selection of events specially selected by our festival partner and share their experiences and learning’s with you. 

Keep an eye on the hashtags #DELVE19 and #IADF19.

We will be retweeting and reposting what’s happening live at the events on: 

- Facebook (Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network @ISACSNetwork), 
- Twitter (@ISACSIreland), 
- Instagram (@ISACSIreland). 

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Fresh Street#3 - Programme Foreword: President of Ireland

 
As President of Ireland it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to FRESH STREET#3.

Over the coming days, this important international seminar will bring together artists, programmers, researchers, pedagogues, journalists and policymakers from all over the globe, in celebration of street arts, in all their variety.

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.

The people of Ireland take great pride in their arts and culture, and ours is a society where the work of the imagination is valued by members of the public and where the fruits of the imagination are appreciated and enjoyed. As a people, we are acutely aware of our cultural heritage, which is the bedrock of our identity, connecting us to our shared past and pointing the way to our future full of possibilities.

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DELVE19 at Irish Aerial Dance Festival | Open for applications!


This years D.E.L.V.E. takes place at Irish Aerial Dance Festival
from 24th to 30th June 2019! 
See the schedule for this Festival !


The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) are thrilled to announce we have partnered with the Irish Aerial Dance Festival to bring you our special DELVE programme for 2019 with an opportunity for two DELVE participants to attend:


- Classes - Monday 24th to Friday - 28th June - at 9:00am to 8:15pm
- Show #1 Double Bill - Tandem & Caged - 28th June at 8:00pm 
- Pick ‘n’ Mix Classes - The Aura & Trinity Hall - 29th June at 10:00am to 6:15pm
- Launch of 10 years of IADF Show - An Grianán Theatre - 29th June at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
- Social night with food - McGettigans Hotel29th June at 9:00pm 

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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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