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FiraTarrega 2018 - Ireland is coming!

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Following the partnership successes from previous years, the Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) will return to the international market for performing arts FiraTárrega, in Catalonia from the 6th-9th of September promoting our sector, artists, festivals and developing future projects growing a focus on Irish artists at an international level. We will be accompanied by a formidable Irish delegation of Irish circus and street artists, festival promoters and programmers, all thanks to the support of Culture IrelandInstitute Ramon Llull (London) and FiraTárrega.

Last year the Irish delegation presence led to strengthened relations between Ireland and Catalonia with an enrichment of Irish festival's programmes by the addition Spanish, Catalan and Balearic Islands acts in Carlow Arts Festival, Cork Midsummer and Spraoi but also to start the discussions about a residency programme between the Balearic Islands and Ireland.

This year, the Irish delegation will be the following:

ISACS Network representatives:
Irish festivals:
ISACS artists:

The Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network will also host 'Ireland Explored' on the 7th of September at 12:20–12:40 pm inviting professionals of the sector for a trip around this far western European island and it's rich cultural landscape, all while enjoying a fine glass of the best Irish whiskey, typical Irish brown bread and wild Atlantic smoked salmon.

It will be the opportunity to meet with the Irish artists, programmers and festivals for some 'ceol agus craic' and discover the treasure that lies within Ireland's shores in Spain at FiraTàrrega Pro Area, Stand 31! 

If you would like to join us at Fira Tarrega, you can register through the Fira website for Ireland Explore to add it to your Professional Agenda and avail of 50% off the registration fee as a member of ISACS.

Private chats available during the festival via booking with info@isacs.ie. 

Follow ISACS to know what's happening at the Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We'll be using the hashtag #ISACSIreland  & .


About 
FiraTárrega Festival 2018













FiraTárrega
 is one of Europe's most exciting and diverse street arts and performing festivals, also known to be one of the greatest international for performing arts, with special emphasis on street arts, visual and unconventional shows. 

The FiraTàrrega programme 2018 is a catalogue of unique theatrical experiences, with a firm commitment for excellence and a wealth of formats and styles, and where the street arts and non-conventional venues are the main reference point. TheOfficial Programme is a selection compiled from proposals aimed at seducing the audience and stimulating the professionals who attend; an eclectic and very selective offer that combines different stage disciplines and pays special attention to presenting up-and-coming talents and the national and international creative avant-gardes.

La Llotja is the professional place where FiraTàrrega materialises as a place to meet, debate, exchange and transact; in short, as a true international performing arts market. The fair pavilion, with exhibition stands, enable performing arts agents to present their projects. Annually, the Fair certifies an average of 800 professionals registered to more than 300 national and international performing arts organisations. There are also activities such as seminars or meetings between professionals that complement the artistic offer.


ISACS and the Irish delegation will be attending an extensive amount of shows and performances and professional meetings and will welcome professionals of the sector at its stand highlighting what's happening in the sector in our Irish shores and studying possibilities for international collaborations.

We are especially looking forward to the famous Lunch Meeting organised by the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies through Creative Catalonia. The event has become a unique exchange platform for international professionals and Catalan companies at FiraTárrega which aims at creating an informal discussion platform to exchange ideas, pitch and discuss current projects with peers attending the fair.

View Full Fira Tárrega Programme.



About the Irish delegation

ISACS Network

Lucy Medlycott – ISACS Network















Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Lucy Medlycott co-founded Bui Bolg Outdoor Arts Company in Wexford in 1993, before managing many of their flagship projects, bringing their work from Ballina to Beijing and from Mullingar to Memphis and more. Lucy co-founded the Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network with Chantal McCormick of Fidget Feet in late 2010. Lucy has worked as Project Manager of Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network since 2014, of which she is CEO since 2017.



Kath Gorman - ISACS Network adviser

















Strategic adviser Kath Gorman is an independent producer, curator and arts consultant.  Recent clients include a research study and scoping exercise on Creative Place for the Arts Council, a strategic development plan for the National Circus Festival of Ireland and adviser for new outdoors collaborative commission for Heart of Glass (UK).  Kath is currently the Head of Participation and Engagement for Cork Midsummer Festival, previously the Artistic Curator for 2015, 2016 and 2017 festival editions. 

Kath has significant experience of site-specific work, work with festivals, outdoors arts and participatory work. She was the Project Manager for large-scale outdoors art commission Cork Ignite (National Sculpture Factory/Create – 2014/15).  From 2009 – 2012 Kath was Associate Producer for Cork Midsummer Festival with responsibility for producing new commissions with international artists and communities in Cork. Previous posts include Director of Kinsale Arts Week; Festival Producer for multi-partnership outdoors learning festivals in London for youth creativity service BBC Blast and Director of Jacksons Lane Arts Centre in London. She is the Chair of Cork Printmakers and was a board member of Total Theatre, including steering group member of the inaugural Total Theatre Awards.

Kath is part of the FiraTarrega delegation as an adviser for the ISACS Network. 








The Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network (ISACS) is Ireland's leading support and advocacy organisation, for the development of these collective art forms. We aim to raise the profile, increase recognition and support the development of the sector.







ISACS members

Johnny Phelan | C Circus K & Street Theatre Ireland













Johnny has performed all over in Ireland, England, Europe, the USA and the Middle and Far East as a juggling performer and corporate entertainer. He is the founder Street Theatre Ireland and C Circus K.

Street Theatre Ireland, Ireland’s leading specialist agency for professional street performers, circus acts, evening circus cabaret and entertainers including comedians, mime artists, magicians, aerial acrobats.

C Circus K, a Contemporary Circus in Kildare Arts Centre Athy providing Circus Skills course ranging from Juggling, Stilts, Acro, Manipulation, Performing and more.

View C Circus K ISACS profile








Juley Ann Collins – ISACS Member | Fidget Feet















Juley-Ann began with Fidget Feet in March 2017 as their Marketing and Communications Manager and will begin a new role as Communications and Project Coordinator later this year. Her employment history includes Regional Journalist, Events and Communications Manager Rape Crisis Network Ireland and SOSAD Ireland, Volunteer Coordinator IRONMAN 70.3 Ireland, Volunteer Coordinator and Merchandise Assistant Galway International Arts Festival, Administrator and Communications Coordinator Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and Irish Project Manager for Creative Europe project, Limerick School of Spectacle - Outdoor Arts Academy

Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre passion is to tell stories through aerial art that moves people and changes lives. As the first aerial dance company in Ireland, Fidget Feet are the leading advocates in artistic and technical development. They tour indoor and outdoor venues nationally and internationally. 

View ISACS Profile













Debbie Wright – ISACS Member |Turas Theatre Collective













Debbie's love of street arts grew while travelling in Europe. In the late 90s, she toured Europe and Brazil with new circus theatre company, Turbozone. She has worked and toured internationally with Galway based street arts company, Macnas since 2002 in all areas of theatre performance and production. She works as a freelance Director, Performer and Production coordinator and has many years of experience in drama and dance facilitation working with various community groups. She is a board member of the organisation ‘Clowns without Borders’. She founded Turas Theatre Collective in 2017 and is currently artistic director and performer with the company.


Turas Theatre Collective is based in the west of Ireland and creates high quality, innovative and original street theatre. Blending movement, physical theatre and soundscape they tell stories in a unique way, taking their audience on a compelling journey into a world of stunning imagery and sound.

View ISACS Profile











Elaine McCague – Loosysmokes




















As a creative director and performer at Loosysmokes, Elaine's ambition is to construct unique site and architecturally responsive works in the collaboration and experimentation of the physical, visual and audio scape, that is not bound by the traditional trapping of art, circus or performance.


Loosysmokes is a close collaboration of award-winning aerialists, acrobats, dancers, choreographers, tree surgeons, stunt-riggers, sound and visual artists.

View ISACS Profile













Festival programmers and promoters

Lynnette Moran –Live Collision















Lynnette Moran is an independent Festival Director and Arts Producer specialising in Live Art, Theatre, Visual Art and Digital platforms; with distinct experience of producing collaborative & socially engaged arts practice & public art commissions. She has also directed over 25 works for theatre and gallery spaces. In 2009 Lynnette established Live Collision, Ireland’s leading annual curated festival of Live Art and Ireland’s first independent Creative Producing House working with exceptional artists nationally and internationally. 

Lynnette is Creative Producer with ANU productions & Louise Lowe since 2013, one of two core producers on all productions including ANU’s triptych in 2016 including SUNDER (commissioned by the National Museum of Ireland and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht), On Corporation Street (commissioned by HOME Manchester) and THESE ROOMS (a co-commission with Cois Ceim dance and part of ART:2016 portfolio of Arts Council Ireland). Lynnette is also co-founder of CAPP (Collaborative Art Partnership Programme), a transnational partnership across six countries and nine partner organisations to support and innovate within the discipline of contemporary collaborative and socially engaged practice both in Ireland and across Europe.


Live Collision is an annual curated international festival of Live Art, and Ireland’s first independent year-round Creative Producer + Art Director working with exceptional artists across and between art-forms. Live Collision carves a space to redefine the ways artists can create, engage & collide through live performance & digital platforms, and generate fresh new experiences for audiences.

Founded in 2009 by Lynnette Moran, Live Collision’s vision is to impact and shift the cultural landscape towards new boundaries and dialogues within live performance aesthetics. Live Collision is a recipient of EFFE label, acknowledgement of ‘exceptional rigour towards artistic commitment & global outlook’.






Paul Brown - Earagail Arts Festival















Earagail Arts Festival Artistic Director Paul Brown.



Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary summer festival which takes place each July throughout County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way on the north-west coast of Ireland, hosting new productions from award-winning local and international artists and artistic residencies. Earagail Arts Festival brings inspiring performers to this captivating European frontier, showcases artists native to the area and provides opportunities for cultural exchange, in venues from purpose-built theatres and galleries, to village halls, forests and beaches, creating a unique cultural experience in the most unlikely of magical places.








Craig Flaherty – Galway 2020















Craig Flaherty has been appointed as an Audience Development and Programme Producer for Galway 2020. Craig, a native Galwegian, is an accomplished producer and project manager of live performance with experience in theatre, venue, festival and outdoor work.

Galway will be European Capital of Culture in 2020. One of the biggest cultural events in the world, winning the award presents a once in a lifetime opportunity for Galway - for its people, its communities, its future. As a European Capital of Culture (ECOC) or region chosen by the EU, Galway will host a year-long programme of events that reflect the richness and diversity of culture in Europe. In 2020, Galway City and County will host hundreds of events throughout the year, with the aim of empowering communities to unite through culture, to create something amazing. A series of fun and inspiring events will take place in every corner of the city and county. The Galway 2020 programme encompasses all aspects of culture from art, sport, large-scale spectacle, food, digital, dance, theatre, circus, film, architecture and literature, to name but a few. 








Paul Fahy – Galway International Arts Festival














Paul Fahy is the Artistic Director of Galway International Arts Festival [GIAF] a position he has held since 2005. Prior to this, he worked as a freelance arts publicist and producer from 2000-2005 working with Galway International Arts Festival; Macnas; Baboró; Rough Magic Theatre Company; The Abbey Theatre; The Arts Council of Ireland and with the Irish actor Cillian Murphy.
Previous to this, he worked for the Cúirt International Festival of Literature (1998 and 1999), Galway Arts Centre (1990-1999), Kilkenny Arts Festival (1999–2003) for whom he also directed and designed a major street theatre spectacle The Art of the Game. 
Paul was awarded a Galway People of the Year Award in 2013 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from NUI Galway in 2017.

Since being appointed Artistic Director of GIAF, the Festival has become a producing-led festival forging close creative partnerships with Irish artists and producers most notably Enda Walsh, Hughie O’Donoghue, Olwen Fouéré, John Gerrard and Landmark Productions and GIAF’s theatre productions have toured extensively. Under Fahy’s tenure, GIAF has worked with leading Irish and international visual artists and has designed and built major temporary art galleries in Galway.

Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF) is a major cultural organisation, which produces one of Europe’s leading international arts festivals; develops and produces new work that tours nationally and internationally; and presents a major discussion platform, First Thought Talks.
The multidisciplinary festival takes place each July in Galway, Ireland and covers a range of art forms, including theatre, dance, music, opera, street spectacle, visual arts, discussion and comedy. In 2018, over 200 events took place in 32 venues over the course of 14 days with an attendance in excess of 250,000. The Guardian named the festival as one of the Top 5 Summer Festivals in Europe. 
The organisation has played a very significant role in placing Galway firmly on the map, as both a key cultural centre for the arts and a cultural tourism destination on the Wild Atlantic Way. It now looks forward to playing a central role in the European Capital of Culture 2020designation awarded to Galway.





Jo Mangan - Carlow Arts festival















Jo Mangan is Director of Carlow Arts Festival. She is also a theatre and opera director, creative consultant and founding director of The Performance Corporation with whom she created BIG House Festival - Irelands first ever site-specific arts festival well as curating and producing the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin. Jo has directed a vast range of work, from the sand dunes of Co. Mayo in Ireland, to a derelict 9000 seater auditorium in Washington DC. Most recently she directed The Dead Opera on national tour, and Expedition a multi-faceted international project resulting in a large-scale performance installation in the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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 and National Best Festival awards. She was awarded the UK based Clore Cultural Leadership Fellowship for 2011/12. Jo was Chair of the Irish National Campaign for the Arts 2015-18.


Carlow Arts Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival which takes place in Carlow town.  Now in its 38th year, the festival fosters culture and the arts in all its forms, promoting the growth of visual art, theatre, music, dance, spectacle, multi-disciplinary arts and entertainment by offering wide-ranging artistic experiences and activities to appeal to a diverse domestic and international audience of all ages. 

Carlow Arts Festival has a strong history of presenting contemporary visual art in Carlow town. The festival builds on this legacy through constant development off the visual arts strand of the festival in a meaningful manner which is specific to the town. The Art WORKS and Site WORKS open calls, in partnership with VISUAL and Carlow Local Authority Arts Office, create opportunities for artists to create and show work in a gallery environment and in site-specific locations throughout the town. 







Mike Leahy - Spraoi













Mike leads Waterford Spraoi and is a founding member of the company. He and a team of resident artists, technicians and crew create and present Waterford Spraoi’s original productions. His credits include: European Walled Towns Conference, Waterford Spraoi Festival, Tall Ships Festival, GLOW Cork, Bram Stoker Festival, World Fire and Police Games Belfast and the official opening ceremony of Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture


Waterford Spraoi produces street arts and spectacle events throughout Ireland. Spraoi’s artistic team is regularly commissioned by festivals, events and Local Authorities to create memorable occasions in a variety of settings like the Opening show for Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture “Awakening”. 


Spraoi is particularly best known for its annual Spraoi Festival and Parade held every August Bank Holiday weekend.The Festival, devoted to Street Art has become a firm favourite amongst locals and tourists alike and attracts's over 100,000 people to Waterford City over its three days.

View Spraoi ISACS profile.








Many thanks to Culture IrelandInstitute Ramon Llull (London) and FiraTárrega for their support to the Irish delegates.

If you are an ISACS member and you would like ISACS to promote your work on your behalf, please send us all your marketing literature by 31st August 2018.

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