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Looking back at FRESH STREET #3


Just published the POST-EVENT REPORT!

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This is FRESH STREET #3 in a nutshell.

After 2 other editions (first one in Barcelona & Tàrrega, Spain and the second one in Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal), the third edition of FRESH STREET - International Seminar for the Development of Street Arts, was organised in Galway, Ireland [more information about the event below].

This edition focused on the theme "Place and Identity” which was carefully explored through discussions, immersive walks and artistic presentations.

READ MORE about the conversations and issues raised during this seminar in the report available for download here.

Facing, as we are, a world more polarised than ever before, with inequalities and racialized nationalisms on the rise across continents, it is hard not to wonder how can street arts play their historical pivotal role in delivering messages of hope and stimulating new human connections. For better or worse, identities may well be a central topic in tomorrow’s political life, and during these three days we resolved to debate on how identities can transform places, but also on how places can inform identities.

The ISACS Network together with our partners at Circostrada and in collaboration with Galway 2020 -the European Capital of Culture, presented FRESH STREET#3 – International Seminar for the development of Street Arts.

The event took place from 22 – 24th May 2019 in Galway City and Inis Oírr, in association with the Áras Éanna Arts Centre and the National University of Ireland, Galway.

We were delighted to receive a few words from President Michael D. Higgins who introduced  FRESH STREET#3 in the opening words of the programme by saying: ‘Surely this is a time when we need to celebrate the public world, public spaces, and public performance. A privatised world is a lesser world.’ Read his text here.

Over 260 delegates attended, from 21 different countries, across 4 continents, including: France, Italy, Belgium, UK, Czech republic, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and of course Ireland.

In advance of the seminar a 2 day private meeting was hosted by the Arts Council of Ireland for policy makers across the world. Over 12 policy makers arrived from UK, Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Latvia and France to share and discuss topics of mutual interest. This was facilitated by the Circostrada Network and we understand was highly effective in mapping out means to establish data and to grow knowledge of this rapidly developing art form across territory.

In addition to the seminar, an extensive artistic programme was presented. The ISACS network launched an open call for artists to apply to present work. Over 115 applications were received from 6 continents, with a range of Irish and International artists included in the final Artistic Programme here.

An artistic residency programme was developed in partnership with the Áras Éanna Arts Centre on Inis Oírr through an open call. The successful applicants were contemporary juggler duo: Kate Boschetti (Italy) and Liam Wilson (UK), who together stayed on Inis Oírr for a month creating and building a new site specific work for the island and with the place. They were joined by Andrea Galad who has created a documentary of their time there which will be released shortly. Read more here.

ISACS were overwhelmed by the incredible and powerful response to FRESH STREET from both the delegates, stakeholders, partners and the public who said:

‘Felt a real privilege to be there.’

‘The coming together of many delegates from across the EU and international countries to share ideas, research, views and art methods, at a time that we need to ever strongly work together.’ 

‘Unique and creative programme exploring the themes in an accessible and imaginative way.’

‘It was brilliant for me as an artist on many different levels. The chance to share my work, engage with others work and meet lots of people across the world involved in street arts was exciting and very useful. I enjoyed the immersion of it and really enjoyed being in Galway City. I will try and attend City of Culture in 2020. The team really considered my needs as a disabled person which I appreciated. The whole team were open, friendly and well organised.’

‘The event was well organized and really FRESH (actually the first fresh one in terms of reinventing the conference model).’

FRESH STREET#4 takes place in October 2020 in Turin, Italy in partnership with Circostrada and Federazione Nazionale Arti Di Strada. Stay tuned here for details

Visit the FRESH STREET#3 gallery here.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.

Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network

Irish Theatre Institute, 17 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
00 353 (0)87 0541812 info@isacs.ie
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