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DELVE18: Meet the Spraoi DELVE participants!

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Congrats to ISACS Network member Deirdre Griffin and Isabela Mello! They have been selected to take part in our #DELVE18 programme at Spraoi Festival this August! The two artists will Discover, Explore, Learn Visualise and Engage with artists, and programmers at a selection of street arts and networking events and share their experiences and learnings with you. 

Keep an eye for the hashtags #DELVE18 and #Spraoi on the August Bank Holiday weekend 3th-5th. 
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).


You will be able to read our delvers' full feedback afterward on the DELVE page of our website!


What's on at Spraoi International Street Arts Festival?

Spraoi waterford 2018The annual Spraoi Festival is held every August Bank Holiday weekend. Over three jam-packed days, Spraoi International Street Arts Festival locally known as “The Spraoi Weekend” will feature street artists from around the globe, presenting a thrilling selection of world-class street theatre attracting over 100,000 people to the historical city of Waterford. This year's Parade and firework taking place on Sunday end the weekend with a bang as a collection of BUGS inspired constructions and 300 costumed performers and musicians hit the streets to wow the audience with a mesmerising outdoor spectacle.

Spraoi’s commitment to the creation and development of new Irish work remains central to the company’s ethos and the festival will also host the 2018 NEST(New Emerging Street Talent) stage in partnership with ISACS. The festival will also be an opportunity for companies to network, as it will attract international programmers from all over the world. ISACS is particularly delighted to bring several international programmers and mentors to the festival for them to discover local talents thanks to Culture Ireland.



Read the full details on #Delve18 at Spraoi Festival Pro Programme.



Who are the DELVErs?

Discover the Delvers and what they expect from the DELVE programme!



Deirdre Griffin | ISACS Profile

Deirdre is a dance theatre graduate from Fontys Dance Academy, Tilburg Netherlands. She has toured extensively with ponydance in Ireland and internationally (Best Dance Award 2012- Adelaide Fringe Festival). 

Deirdre is a frequent performer and choreographer with acclaimed aerial company Loosysmokes.
This year, she joined THISISPOPBABY on their Australian tour with a new show development for RIOT.
In this years Dublin Dance Festival she performed alongside Amanda Coogan and Mikel Murfi in Dolores by Junk Ensemble.
She has most recently performed in a group creation by David Zambrano in Deltebre Dance Festival, Catalonia, Spain.

Headonbody is Deirdre’s own performance project. Her work combines contemporary dance, humour and acrobatics to produce a uniquely absurd spectacle but with a solid undercurrent of social criticism. Her show Pantastic!! has been performed in Ireland and Germany. Currently, she is developing a new solo show with sound artist Craig Cox.


'I am delighted to be part of Delve programme for Spraoi 2018!
It is a fantastic opportunity to immerse myself in Irish and international street arts with the emphasis on placing art into the community. I am excited to be a spectator of acts which range from emerging to experienced professionals. I look forward to hanging out with the delve team, performers and of course all the great chats we will have!'


Follow Deirdre on Facebook and Instagram!


Isabela Mello | ISACS Profile

Isabela is a circus artist and workshop facilitator. She studied at the National Circus School of Brazil. She is a multidisciplinary artist who likes to experiment her main disciplines handstand, headstand, contact juggling, acrobatics and hand to hand with dance, body expression, acrobatics and drama. In 2017, Isabela joined Galway Community Circus as a youth circus facilitator and teacher.


Follow Isabela on Instagram!













What is the DELVE programme?

DELVE is a GO-SEE professional development programme supported by Arts Council Ireland, launched in 2016, to support ISACS members to get out, see and learn about street, circus and performance arts happening all around Ireland. 

The programme involves going to various festivals, seeing and observing work from the street, circus and spectacle sectors, meeting the artists, the crew and discovering new ideas, inspiration and delving into these art forms with fresh eyes!

The aim of DELVE is to encourage dialogue and discussion around a variety of arts forms in Ireland, and to offer critical discussion and analysis and dynamic practices. Participants are encouraged to submit feedback from the events which can be read on our the DELVE page of our website.





Take part in the next DELVE Programmes!

This year, we have partnered up with five festivals to offer ISACS artists the opportunity to delve into Irish Festivals: Dublin Dance Fest – 18 – 28th MayCarlow Arts Festival - 6th - 10th JuneCork Midsummer – 15th – 24th JuneWaterford Spraoi – 3rd - 5th AugustNational Circus Festival of Ireland, Tralee – 8th – 11th November.

Please check the DELVE application requirements, and programmes and deadline.
You have to be a fully paid ISACS member to be a part of this scheme so you can register here now and avail of our members' benefits for a full year.
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