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ISACS International work at Spraoi Festival 2018

Many thanks to Waterford Spraoi, Culture Ireland, the Arts Council of Ireland and Waterford County Council for their support in our international events at Spraoi Festival 2018. Thanks to their support we hosted a very well attended Street Talk focussing on Site Specific and Spectacle Productions in the Public Realm, on Sunday 5th August morning at Garter Lane Arts Centre.

We also brought eight international programmers to Spraoi, which strengthened our relationships with our European partners, planning for future collaborations and encouraging them to discover and meet Irish street and circus artists. During the three days of the festival, these programmers had the pleasure to visit the Spraoi studios, have one to one meetings with Irish artists and festival programmers and take part in our well attended international street talk.

We are very grateful for the support of Culture Ireland for their support in our international exchanges through Culture Ireland's See Here scheme supporting the inward travel of international promoters and programmers to see work in Ireland. Last year, two of the 2017 artists Tom Campbell and Severine De Maleingreau secured artistic residencies with European festivals in The Netherlands and Italy and ISACS Network planned a second Focus Irlanda at Mirabilia Festival. In 2018, our international Street Talk was also a follow up from our 2017 international talk discussing the theme 'Building international relationships' in partnership with Outdoor Arts UK.

This year Ali & Henrik have performed in Mallorca and have another invite for 2019 to present at the Circaire festival arising out of this directly. While NEST artists- Turas Theatre Collective have been booked to perform at Coastival, Scarborough arising from this international project. Other NEST artists Woven Circus Collective are in conversation with Festival Mirabilia among others.

Spraoi studios international visit. Please scroll down for the full gallery.

This year the programmers who joined us through the 
SEE Here programme** at Spraoi were:

Alfred Konijnenbelt (Festival Spoffin, Netherlands)

Alfred Konijnenbelt is the artistic director of street arts festival Spoffin in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

It is a mid-sized festival with 40 different companies in an IN and an OFF programme, attracting an audience of around 50,000 people. Spoffin is visited by 50+ international programmers every year. In 2019, Spoffin will have a UK/Irish focus programme, presenting around 8-10 productions from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. Also, starting in 2019, Spoffin will be part of the Roundabout Europe circuit of artistic residencies, in partnership with festivals in Portugal, Czech Republic, Denmark and England.


Julia Von Wild (Tete a Tete, Rastatt, Germany)

Julia von Wild, Co-director of zweifellos.net - cultural services representing tête-à-tête festival.

Zweifellos.net are the producers of Tête-à-tête, La Strada Festival Straßenzirkus unterwegs in Rotenburg and ParkPerPlex Festival in Norderstedt. Tête-à-tête is the biggest international street theatre festival in Germany with a cross-genre and contemporary focus but is also an international platform for innovative outdoor arts, an artistic pool of ideas and promotes international networking between professional organisers, programmers and the festival scene. The aim of tête-à-tête is to actively promote the appreciation of outdoor arts and contemporary circus as a lively, innovative and creative art form, and to make the artists' work visible. In 2018, Tête-à-tête hosted ISACS Network at  Circostrada's General Meeting.


Bruno Costa (Bussola Outdoor Arts, Portugal)

Bruno Costa is co-director of Bússola, a Portuguese structure with a mission to support strategic development of artistic and cultural projects in close connection with the public space, working at a consulting, programming, planning and cultural project development level with special focus on international circuits, encouraging new trends, languages and positioning and investigation contexts in the sector. Bússola works for artistic direction of Imaginarius and LEME festivals and promotes the Outdoor Arts Portugal platform.


Polona Prosen (Ana Monro, Slovenia)

Polona Prosen is the co-programmer of Ana Desetnica, international street theatre festival (Ljubljana, Slovenia) as well as producer and programme co-selector at Ana Monro's theatre.

Ana Monro Theater is the oldest independent theatre group in Slovenia and has importantly influenced the development of the cultural landscape of its country by introducing street theatre and improvisational theatre to the artistic and general community in Slovenia. It has been running the world renown international street theatre festival - Ana Desetnica, which connects 15 different communities in Slovenia and SUGLA – a street theatre school for young artists offering a two-year training program that helps them produce and emerge in the professional street arts environment.


Sebastia Jorda & Virginia Garau (Circaire, Balearic islands)

Sebastià Jordà is the founder and director of Circ Bover company and main director of Circaire, the only Circus Festival in Balearic Islands. Ambassador of the Balearic delegation of Clowns without borders since 2007 as well the promoter of the first professional circus guild in Balearic Islands, created during the 2nd edition of Festival Circaire.

LLuc Silverstre (Institut Ramon Llull, Catalonia)

Lluc Silvestre works for Institut Ramon Llull, a public body founded with the purpose of promoting Catalan language studies at universities abroad, the translation of literature and thought written in Catalan, and Catalan cultural production in other areas like theatre, film, circus, dance, music, the visual arts, design and architecture. The Performing an Visual Arts Department encourages awareness of the Catalan arts by offering travel grants for Catalan artist performing or exhibiting abroad, providing information on Catalan artist and activities to international arts programmers and participating in arts events and festival throughout the world.


Robin Morley (Magnetic Events, UK)

Magnetic Events are producers of memorable, innovative, arts programmes and cultural events. Robin Morley was a founding director of ZAP Productions, Brighton in 1989 and UZ Events, Glasgow in 1994. He also is an arts consultant advising on organisational development, fundraising, and programme development and has acted as a policy and programme advisor to the Arts Council England, National Office on Street Arts, Carnival and Circus development.


Fabrizio Gavosto (Mirabilia Festival, Italy)

Fabrizio Gavosto is Festival Mirabilia director. Festival Mirabilia is a Northern Italian with an emphasis on the circus and street arts genres. Festival Mirabilia also supports the formation of industry professionals and the work of artists, promoting collaboration and networks on a wide international scale. Mirabilia does not only program shows, but along with many Italian and international artists and programmers build strategies to support the creation throughout the year, programming and co-creating world and Italian premieres, otherwise impossible to host in Italy. The festival also hosts residencies through the year.


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