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Full programme for the All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference 2013 which will be held in Derry, June 11 and 12.


  • Northern Ireland Theatre Association (NITA) and Theatre Forum present


    All-Ireland Performing Arts ConferenceMillennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry, June 1112, 2013



    Programme at a Glance Day 1 & 2

    Day 1: About the Sessions

    Day 2: About the Sessions

    Drop-in Clinics

    Speaker Biographies

    Map of Derry & Booking Information

    Funders & Sponsors

    Partner Details

    Partner Thank Yous











    Table of Contents



    As Chairman of the City of Culture Company 2013 as well as the Millennium Forum, Im looking forward to welcoming delegates to the All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference taking place in Derry-Londonderry during our City of Culture year. As youd expect, with rich cultural traditions and in a City of Culture year, our city and this venue are very apt locations for a performing arts conference.

    The City of Culture 2013 programme showcases the heritage as well as the art and artists that have come from this city. We invite all of you to take every opportunity to experience all that our city has to offer and to visit us again soon.

    Enjoy your conference and our great city.

    Martin Bradley, MBEChair of City of Culture Company & Millennium Forum

    Youre Very Welcome

  • CHANGE #APAC13 3

    Winston Churchill is credited as saying To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. In adopting change as our theme, we intend to explore what new ways of thinking are required to move us towards a more viable and imaginative way of working. Change is a good thing and is an essential ingredient for any creative project and as many old certainties dissolve, we find ourselves coming under increasing pressure to change. Were delighted to have assembled some leading artists and arts professionals to inspire us towards embracing rather than resisting change.

    As always we hope to pose many questions and maybe even to arrive at some helpful answers. How has technology changed the way in which work is made and has it changed audience expectations? And how do we need to change ourselves in response to the significantly transformed cultural landscape in which we find ourselves?

    Heartened by the great energy summoned in Belfast last year, we will continue our investigation into how to strengthen links north and south. We hope that this monster meeting of creative forces and minds will spark ideas, animate discussions and ignite partnerships.

    Its a great delight to introduce this conference programme to you. Thanks to all the many wonderful people and organisations that have helped along the way and for the great welcome that I know awaits us all in Derry-Londonderry.

    Maureen KennellyConference Curator

    Change is the Theme



    In our rapidly transitioning world the importance of change cannot be underestimated. Change is essential for the continued creative evolution and flourishing of the performing arts. It opens up new avenues of potential in the way we work and the way we create. It challenges us to ensure our continued relevance to the ever-changing societies in which we operate. It forces us to work in new ways, responding to external pressures and demands.

    The performing arts are also a vehicle for change. As a sector, our creative energy and ideas move us to take risks, push boundaries, successfully collaborate, drive innovation, and communicate new ways of thinking and doing.

    Our 2013 All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference takes our theme of change and asks delegates to consider how we create, manage, harness and react to change. These discussions are facilitated by an inspiring line-up of speakers, carefully selected by our wonderful returning conference curator Maureen Kennelly.

    We are thrilled to be able to welcome conference delegates from across NI, ROI and beyond to Derry-Londonderry, a city whose vibrant cultural offerings and talented artists have reached far beyond its magnificent walls.In a year which has brought with it the title of UK City of Culture, we are delighted to be able to showcase this city to delegates and give them an opportunity to see some of what it has to offer.

    Wed very much like to thank our conference partners Theatre Forum, our funders and sponsors, and most importantly our membership without whom any of this would be possible.

    Louise Rossington Chair of Northern Irish Theatre Association

    Collaboration, Innovation, Communication


    Id like to welcome you to the All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference in the City of Culture 2013. Derry-Londonderry has always been the obvious location for this years conference and one thats always been supported by you, the members.

    Every spring, planning the conference with all its practicalities takes a lot of Theatre Forums attention. In the past few months, the board and team have worked with conference partner NITA, curator Maureen Kennelly, funders, councils, speakers, sponsors and members to bring you a programme that should provoke each of us to change some of what we think and do. Yet the arts are about so much more than pragmatism. Thats why we also seek to engage wholeheartedly with communities and places, the familiar as well as the unfamiliar ones. Through that engagement, we come to know ourselves and others that bit better.

    For two days in June at the Millennium Forum, youll hear a lot from people wholl put change in perspective and identify ways through for artists and arts organisations. Therell be professional services advisers and arts resource organisations there offering you advice too. But most of all, youll spend time with colleagues who, through their generosity with time, resources and friendship, provide the most valuable support of all.

    As a delegate, I am looking forward to being amongst old friends but Im equally enthusiastic about being a welcome visitor in a city thats new to me.

    Loughlin DeeganChair of Theatre Forum

    Familiar faces and new places


    Session All sessions take place in the Millennium Forum

    City walking tour option with award-winning guide, Martin McCrossan

    Registration and lunch

    Welcome Martin Bradley, Chair of City of Culture Company 2013; Louise Rossington, Chair of NITA; and Loughlin Deegan, Chair of Theatre Forum

    Keynote: Meet a changemaker Sean Doran, Founder and Artistic Director of the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, in conversation with Marie-Louise Muir

    Parallel sessionsOption 1: Putting the imagination back into funding Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council in conversation with Vincent McCannOption 2: CultureHow does it make and change a place? Lia Ghilardi, Cultural Planner, Graeme Farrow, Derry City of Culture and James McVeigh, Festivals Edinburgh. Chaired by Caoimhn Corrigan of ILEX Option 3: Embracing changes in technology Philip King, Musician, Film-maker and Producer, Other Voices; Mark Nagurski, Director, CultureTECH; and Anna Newell, Artistic Director, Replay Theatre Company

    Coffee break

    In Conversation: Thomas Kilroy, novelist and playwright, with Wayne Jordan

    Open mic session: Talking About Pitch your show, your idea or your company in 2 minutes

    Evening programmeDinner Civic Reception hosted by Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau Bronagh Gallagher and band












    Meet & return to M. Forum


    Main Auditorium

    Main Auditorium

    Main Auditorium

    Northern BankStudio

    East Wall Room


    Main Auditorium

    Main Auditorium

    Piazza The GuildhallSandinos

    Tuesday 11 JuneDay 1













    Day 2Session All sessions take place in the Millennium Forum


    Clinics: Drop-in clinics throughout the day where you can book a half-hour session with experts in various fields including tax, insurance, employment issues, copyright and governance

    Parallel sessionsOption 1: North-South touringa co-ordinated approachA panel of producers and representatives from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Arts Council /An Chomhairle Ealaon will discuss the essential elements of a co-ordinated approach to North-South touringOption 2: Audience benchmarking: an overview of arts attendance trendsA look at how ticket sales are holding up across the performing arts sector in Ireland according to Heather Maitlands analysis of 2012 box office data in IrelandOption 3: Alexander Technique WorkshopToms Hardiman: Change your posture, change your life

    Keynote: Change as an opportunity for creative reinventionRichard Gerver, author and change leader

    Coffee break

    Parallel sessionsOption 1: Danceleading the way Morag Deyes, Dance Base, Edinburgh with Paul Johnson, Dance Ireland and Kelly-Anne Collins, Dance Resource Base, Belfast. Chaired by Eugene DownesOption 2: Changing models of production and presentation Meet some makers Rachel Clare, Crying Out Loud and Karl Shiels, Theatre Upstairs, who are breaking the mould by creating ground-breaking work outside traditional structures. Chaired by Maria FlemingOption 3: Give change a chancejust what emergin