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ISACS & Irish delegation to represent Ireland at Fira Tarrega Festival 2017

ISACS & Irish delegation to represent Ireland at Fira Tarrega Festival 2017
The Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) is delighted to announce they will return to FiraTárrega Festival in Spain from the 7th-10th 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 as well as Irish festival promoters and programmers, all thanks to the support of Culture Ireland, Institute Ramon Llull (London) and FiraTárrega Festival.

The Irish delegation will be the following:

Lucy Medlycott - ISACS
Charlotte HaffnerISACS
Jo Mangan - Carlow Arts festival
Tom Swift - Performance Corporation
Kath Gorman - Cork Midsummer festival
Karen Walshe - St Patrick’s festival
Alex Allison - Cie Maleta
Sandra Gonzales Bandera - Kadira Theatre
Nick Kavanagh - Curious State
Mike Leahy - Spraoi

FiraTárrega Festival 2017

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

It takes place every year in Tárrega during the second weekend in September since 1981. During 3 day fiesta with streets and squares packed with festival goers of all ages, hungry to be part of such a dynamic and varied programme that seamlessly combines circus, street arts, dance, installations, music, theatre and even food for an immersive experience that stays with you long after the streets have cleared and the drums have ceased.  

ISACS and the Irish delegation will be attending an extensive amount of shows and performances and meeting professionals of the sector highlighting what's happening in the sector in our Irish shores and 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.

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About the Irish delegation

ISACS artists

Sandra Gonzales Bandera - Kadira TheatreSandra González Bandera of Kadira Theatre

Sandra is a Physical Theatre Performer Puppeteer and Theatre Maker currently based in Galway. 

She is the founder of Kadira Theatre, a Children's Theatre Company which main goal is to create high quality theatrical experience for young audience. Sandra believes the uses of multidisciplinary in her work combining physical theatre, use of masks, puppetry, dance, visual arts and live music and the fusion of art forms speaks to wider and more varied audiences and allow her to develop and create a new and innovative theatrical experience for young audiences.

Sandra was amongst the 3 new emerging talent companies selected to take part in N.E.S.T 2017  and Cork Midsummer DELVE programme 2017

View Sandra's ISACS profile 

Alex Allison -
 Maleta Company
Alex Allison
of Maleta Company

Alex (Ireland) began juggling at the age of 22, after finishing a degree in Celtic Studies and Spanish he relocated to Madrid for a year to train and explore the world of Manipulation and Juggling. Alex continues to share a little bit of wha goes on inside his head using Juggling and the body as his tools. He created Maleta Comapny, an Irish based contemporay circus company, with Davi Hora (Brazil). The company uses juggling, manipulation and the body as a base to construct languages in which they can explore aspects of human condition.

Alex took part in N.E.S.T programme 2015 and Focus Su Irlanda 2017

View Maleta's ISACS profile

Nicholas KavanaghNick Kavanagh - Curious State

Nicholas Kavanagh is a freelance theatre maker, director and performer, working both in traditional theatre and street arts & spectacle creating unique theatrical experiences for the stage, street and screen. Nicholas has directed large-scale street spectacles and parades for Waterford Spraoi, which have toured nationally and internationally and continues to work as a freelanceactor/performer. After the sucess of 'Morbib and Sons', Nicholas presented his brand new show 'The Foolhardy Tree' at Spraoi Festival 2017 this August with the company Curious State Theatre.

View Nicholas Kavanagh's ISACS profile

Festival programmers and promoters

Carlow Arts FestivalJo Mangan - Carlow Arts festival 

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. TheArt 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. 

Performance CoorporationTom Swift Performance Corporation 

Jo Mangan and Tom Swift set up the company in 2002 with a mission to create daring theatrical adventures in surprising places. We’ve gone on to become one of Ireland’s most exciting and groundbreaking arts companies – with a portfolio that includes the BIG HOUSE festival, award-winning theatrical work and cultural animations in fantastic locations – from museums to stately homes.

Between then and now, we have jumped off the towering sand dunes on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, tip-toed through the gothic halls of Edinburgh’s Old Medical School, electrified a crumbling sports arena in Washington DC, driven at top-speed through Dublin’s dangerous docklands, and danced a dance in the shadow of a tree in a Kenyan fishing village. It’s been a wonderful experience… and we’re only getting warmed up!

Cork Midsummer FestivalKath Gorman - Cork Midsummer festival 

Cork Midsummer festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages.

Its programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all artforms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists.

St Patrick's Festival DublinKaren Walshe - St Patrick’s festival 

The principal aim of St Patrick’s festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background.

We set out to seize St Patrick's Day as an opportunity to completely transform the national and international perception of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin.


Mike Leahy
 - Spraoi

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 Festival 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 Thursday 31st August 2017.

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Fira Tarrega
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Culture Ireland


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