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ISACS members: back from their training in Lithuania!

ISACS members: back from their training in Lithuania!

Aidan Phelan of Realta & Ria Murphy of Aerial Cirque are back from their EU training at The School of Spectacle, Kaunas in Lithuania.

You might remember us promoting this five-day free intensive outdoor arts training for international Creative Practitioners in Kaunas School of Spectacle, a few month ago.  Kaunas School of Spectacle was the second of five distinct international European Schools of Spectacle involve in this EU project. The project aims to deliver training designed to build skills that creatives need for making outdoor events and civic celebrations.

This Creative Europe project led by Walk the Plank, with Irish partners Creative Europe Culture Ireland, Limerick City Council & Limerick County Council and ISACS member Fidget Feet Aerial Dance.


The Schools of Spectacle

In this exciting Trans-European initiative, Walk the Plank’s team, working with artists from the five European countries partners, are leading training schools which respond to the location and context in each country, and end with a bespoke live event.

During the schools of spectacle, creative practitioners and artists from the five European countries, including Bulgaria, Lithuania, Ireland, UK and Cyprus share skills, develop talent, and create outdoor events that celebrate place, identity and our common European heritage.

The first school of Spectacle took place in 2016 in Pafos, Cyprus. Kaunas School of Spectacle was second.


Kaunas School of Spectacle

“Kaunas School of Spectacle” – a practice of spectacle making from local culture that is hidden and unspoken.

Baltijos cirkas, Apr 24 – Apr 28, 2017

The School seeked to prepare the ground for its first community parade/procession in September 2017. The parade will celebrate bottom‒up and person‒up culture coming from the local community and increase local creative talent.

The school welcomed up to 25 creative practitioners drawn from all Europe (Ireland, Bulgaria, England, Greece, Cyprus and the UK) for a five day training from April 24th until Friday, April 28th 2017.


The training

The training aimed to:

-         give creative practitioners a greater understanding of the purpose and creative possibilities of procession as outdoor arts celebration

-         provide the space to critically debate and develop new ideas and creative thinking

-         gain and share understanding in production, dance, drumming, 3D makes and site décor delivered by industry expert through talks and demonstrations

-         learn by working in a creative team that mirrors the outdoor arts industry.

Local Facilitators:

  • Community artists Vita Gelūnienė and Ed Carroll co-organised the School, which was located in and hosted by the Lower Sancial Community Association.

International Facilitators:

  • Brian Fleming a theatre maker and festival director based in the West of Ireland. He has played in all countries in Western Europe and Scandinavia and many countries on the Asian, African and American continents.

  • Liz Pugh founder of the UK outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank, lead partner for the School of Spectacle. She is currently working on Manchester Day, Pafos2017, MK50 and Peterloo2019.


Aidan Phelan | Realta | ISACS profile

'I had a great time at the Kanuas School of Spectacle and learned loads. The project involved practitioners from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania and Ireland. Huge thanks to all the project partners especially the Limerick Arts Office, Fidget Feet, Creative Europe and our hosts in Lithuania Ed and Vita. And of course thanks to the amazing Walk the Plank for leading the project.'

Ria Murphy | Aerial Cirque | ISACS profile

'The Walk the Plank and Kaunas team were so welcoming and open to sharing their process on creating spectacle, projects to involve the community, and the logistics involved in producing a parade. While learning a great deal, it was connecting with a room full of inspiring artists that I found the most valuable. While the programme came to a close, it felt like the beginning of new collaborative beginnings.'  

Fidget Feet Dance | ISACS Profile


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Participants can join the online School of Spectacle network here.

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