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All Ireland Performing Arts Conference – APAC 16
Curated by Ali FitzGibbon, the fifth annual conference addressed a number of questions based on the concept of the individual and the collective, what brings them together, what sets them apart and how the individual and collective purpose shapes our industry and artform and through this, cultural identity or identities for the future. Lots of very interesting speakers and discussions including Lian Bell of #WakingTheFeminists as well as artist and writer Dan Thompson, award-winning artist and director Mark Storor, Goldsmith’s College cultural policy lecturer Dr. David O’Brien, arts metrics consultant John Knell, artist and a founder of Fun Palaces Stella Duffy and closing the conference. National Theatre of Scotland’s outgoing Associate Director, Graham McLaren.
This years conference also included an open platform call out with a twist 'Now that's what I call APAC16'; a variation on what is known as a concept album talk. Our very own Lucy gave a glitzy punchy presentation with help from performers Ariel Merz - Field and Molly Dowling, from Galway Community Circus, all to the catchy tune of the Nolan Sisters 'I'm in the mood for dancing'. There was acrobatics, umbrellas, exploding party poppers and yes there was dancing. Certainly a presentation with a difference and a refreshing way to present the diversity, dynamism and high energy engagement that this sector has to offer