Pathways 2021 - Panel Discussion Series

Following on from the Talking Festival Series 2020, the Arts Council will host a programme of panel discussions for festival makers, artists making work in a festival context and festival stakeholders to discuss and share learning from 2020 and the forthcoming challenges presented in 2021.

Each session will last approximately 90 minutes. This will include presentations by a number of invited speakers, questions and answers from attendees, and an opportunity to engage with colleagues in a facilitated discussion.

Session 1 : 10 March, 3pm - Pandemic proofing: What are the survival strategies for uncertain times? – PAST

Session 2 : 24 March, 3pm – Remodelling your festival: Temporary programmatic pivot or long term organisational change? - PAST

Session 3 : 7 April, 3pm – Understanding public engagement in the digital realm. Some perspectives on connection with digital public - PAST

Session 4 : 21 April, 2.30pm – Festivals as collaborators, enablers of creative practices and place making: strengthening festival practice through partnership - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

UPDATE : Session 4 Now Open For Registration

The Arts Council’s Pathways webinar series for festival makers, artists making work in a festival context and festival stakeholders will conclude on April 21st with a session focusing on the creative practice of festival making. The event which will include breakout sessions offering this community the opportunity to discuss and share learning from 2020 and the forthcoming challenges presented in 2021.

Please note this session will take place earlier than previous sessions at 2.30pm.

Central to the practice of festival making is the sustaining of myriad relationships with a communities of stakeholders that have been developed over months and in many cases years. This networking and negotiation takes place away from the public facing festive moment over a period of time. The stakeholder community can include other festivals, funding bodies, artists, community organisations and members of the public. How has the pandemic effected this essential component of festival making in Ireland? What has been damaged and what new initiatives have been born?

Panelists will include:

Fergus Linehan (Festival Director of Edinburgh International Festival)
Dr Wolodymyr “Vlad” Smishkewych (Co-Director of Limerick Early Music Festival)
Theresia Guschlbauer (Collaborative artist and Director of Applefest Clonmel)
Dr Mervi Luonila (Senior Researcher, Center for Cultural Policy Research, Cupore, Finland)
Tara McGowan (Festival Director of Cairde Sligo Arts Festival) with Charmaine Matonsi (Creative collaborator with Cairde Festival)
Lorraine Maye (Director of Cork Midsummer Festival)

For more information and details on how to register for Session 4, please visit the Arts Council website here.

A recording of sessions 1, 2 and 3 can also be found on this page.

Pathways 2021 is being curated and hosted by Dr David Teevan, Festivals Advisor to the Arts Council.