When: Wednesday June 12 & Thursday June 13
Where: Sessions in National Opera House & Wexford Arts Centre
Tickets: On sale now – ticket includes access to all sessions, lunch on both days, dinner and evening programme
Hotels: We’ve secured a really good rate in Clayton Whites Hotel
Travel: Options here.

Programme Summary (PDF version)

Wednesday June 12 National Opera House

From 11.00
Registration & coffee, screening of short film Borderlands directed by Oisín Kearney.
11:30 New Frontiers
On the edge of Europe with our confidence in the soft power of cultural diplomacy dented, how will culture re-connect and connect us across city, county, new country and continental borders to imagine new frontiers?
Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, British Council.
Afterwards, in conversation with Ása Richardsdóttir, SecretaryGeneral, IETM.
12:45 Lunch
All menus will include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices.
Electric car test drives available throughout the afternoon.
14:00 Valuing artists
A three-part conversation about how important it is to value artists as well as the arts.
Artists examine the fault lines in their working world
Making arts centres work for artists
Paying artists accordingly.
15:15 Open Forum
Discussion on how to value artists, what needs to be done to improve employment conditions and increase work opportunities in the performing arts?
Panel of speakers joined by Irish Equity, Equity in Northern Ireland and NCFA guests.
16:00 Break
16:15 Valuing and developing audiences
We have come to expect personalised marketing communications,more intense experiences and social activism from our chosen brands. Heather Maitland, audience development expert, leads this conversation with marketeers to find out how successes from other sectors could be applied to arts marketing.
18:00 Join Irish National Opera and studio artists for a performance of The Deadly World of Opera, the National Opera House
19:00 Reception hosted by Wexford Arts Office
20:00 Dinner in Clayton Whites Hotel
22:00 Jilted Generations DJ/Music/performance event with special guest artists/Live art , in Wexford Arts Centre

Thursday June 13
Wexford Arts Centre

9:30 Venues and Festivals Forum
Venues, arts centres and festivals get together to talk about topics of particular interest to arts organisations.
Climate Action! High Importance
With our recently declared Climate Emergency, find out what you and your organisation can do right now. Discussion led by Catríona Fallon,a founder of the Green Arts Initiative in Ireland joined by Claire Murray, Head of Development and Marketing at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.
10:15 – 11:15 Venues Review
The County and City Management Association (CCMA) and the Arts Council commissioned a joint study of arts centres in Ireland. The review has concluded and its commissioners are considering actions arising from the Review. The Arts Council will itself be responding to findings of the Review through forthcoming applications for funding in 2020. Hear more from the Arts Council about the findings and how local authorities and the Arts Council will respond jointly and separately in the coming years.

National Opera House 

10:15 – 11:15 Backstage Tours, coffee and networking
11:30 Networks across borders – The role of local and international networks in sustaining artists’ careers
Think of the word ‘networking’ and you might grimace. And yet to prolong the life of a show, develop the widest audience possible while diversifying income, creating a strong local, national and international network is probably the most important action an artist or producer can take outside of the studio or rehearsal room.Led by Róise Goan, this panel discussion looks at the opportunities,challenges and outcomes experienced by artists and organisations in creating and maintaining networks.
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Blurring boundaries
How boundaries, real or imagined, stage and screen, music and dance, theatre and opera, virtual and real are becoming blurred all to the good for the art, artists and audiences. Session curated by Tom Creed.
14:45 Reframing our borders – What if?
Closing address: Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney talk about their play for Ireland, THE ALTERNATIVE, and some questions it poses. What if Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom? What if Home Rule had passed? What if there was no War of Independence? No Civil War? No partition? What if the island had only one soccer team?
15:15 Closing remarks
15:30 Close