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National | Dialogue Arts + Health 

RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght,Dublin24 - Tuesday 6 December 2011

National | Dialogue Arts + Health is a one-day event which aims to explore shared outlooks for arts and health practice inIreland. The event will be of interest to artists, arts organisations, health professionals, health service users, and others interested in the area of arts and health practice.

National | Dialogue Arts + Health invites delegates to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of partnership and collaboration in healthcare contexts, and will explore questions such as:

  • What are the characteristics of the partnerships and collaborations that are happening in arts and health practice?
  • How do we balance the priorities of arts practice with the priorities of the healthcare sector?
  • How do we explore the ethical questions around the ownership of artworks developed in healthcare settings?
  • Is it possible to further encourage and facilitate creative risk taking in arts and health practice inIreland?
  • How do we cultivate leadership in the area of arts and health practice inIreland?

There is a fee of €20 for organisations, and €10 for individuals. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. For further information please contact

This national Dialogue Arts + Health event is the culmination of twelve regional professional development events for artists, which took place in Cavan, Offaly, Galway and Limerick. For more information about the Dialogue Arts + Health project please see

Dialogue Arts + Health was developed by Arts + Health Coordinators Ireland in partnership with the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers. It is funded by the Arts Council. Key partners include; South Dublin County Council; the National Centre for Arts and Health, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, incorporating the National Children’s Hospital; Create; Waterford Healing Arts Trust; Helium - Children’s Arts and Health; West Cork Arts Centre; HSE Cork Arts and Health Programme; the Arts Initiative in Mental Health, Údarás na Gaeltachta; and St. Patrick's University Hospital, Dublin. 


Dance Research Forum Ireland’s 4th International Conference

Connecting Communities through Dance.

Thursday 28 June  – Sunday 1 July, 2012

Hosted by


Magee Campus,UniversityofUlster, Derry/Londonderry

In association  with NAFCO

Final  Call for Proposals

December 2011

Dance Research Forum Ireland (DRFI) invites proposals for its 4th International Conference: Connecting Communities through Dance. The conference, in keeping with the aims and objectives of DRFI, provides a platform for both dance academics and dance artists in Ireland and abroad.  Included in its programme are academic-based paper presentations, practice-based research presentations, lecture demonstrations, dance workshops, a student poster exhibition, and dance performance contributions. The 2012 conference will be held in association with the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention and this collaboration will provide a diverse range of workshops, lectures, performances and social events for our delegates. Please visit DRFI’s website at:

The central focus of this conference will concern the ways in which communities may be connected through Dance. Themes we will attempt to investigate may include but are not limited to:

  • Archiving Memories of the Body
  • Fusion of  dance genres through choreography
  • Dance in education
  • Dance and social agency

Abstracts of presentations addressing the above or any other topic relevant to the theme of the conference should be forwarded electronically in .doc or .rtf formats only to Dr. Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain, Chair of the Programming Committee, at

The closing date for ALL submissions is December 1st 2011

Guidelines for Proposals

Proposals include any one of six presentation formats listed below.  Only one presentation per applicant is permissible.  It is essential that proposals address the theme of the conference and present new insights in the attempt at advancing dance research knowledge and practice. Please submit your proposal form, including your one-page abstract (approximately 250-300 words) of your presentation, detailing your presentation format and outlining your proposed research topic and argument together with a short bibliography and/or videography, and forward it electronically to the Chair of the Programming Committee Dr. Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain at

Please note that delegates whose proposals are accepted will have to be paid up members of DRFI in order to present at the conference.  Application forms for membership are available on the DRFI website:  Application forms are also available from Mats Melin, Treasurer, DRFI, at or at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.   


Working Together - Arts Strand Details Announced - Cork Dec 2nd

Cultural and arts based practice can support many of the key objectives of LGBT community organisations and there is increasing interest in the LGBT sector of the value of “artivism”. 
This strand will look at how LGBT groups might work together with arts and cultural organisations to, for example, promote self-esteem and a positive self-image amongst LGBT people; challenge transphobia and homophobia and reduce discriminatory attitudes and beliefs; promoting diversity and celebrate the contribution that LGBT people make to Irish society; or reduce the invisibility and marginalisation of LGBT lives, particularly in rural Ireland.
Ins A Kromminga 
Ins A Kromminga is an internationally acclaimed intersexed artist and activist, currently based in Berlin.  His_Her work has been recently exhibited at Catalyst Arts Belfast, Galerie Wolfstädter in Frankfurt, the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, the Cobra Museum of Amsterdam, and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, among others.  
Ins will speak about his_her own practice as a visual artist and activist, how both activities influence his_her  work in both areas and what his_her  thoughts are on the importance to create a "culture of our own" while demanding our human rights. 
Phillip McMahon: Thisispopbaby 
THISISPOPBABY is a theatre and events production company that rips up the space between popular culture, counter culture, queer culture and high art – providing both a vehicle for our associate artists’ dreams and an electrifying access point to the arts.
Four years young, the company - led by Jennifer Jennings and Phillip McMahon - has had 10 sold out shows, won three major awards, has produced tours for other artists, runs a performance, art and electropop space at the Electric Picnic Music Festival, stages Queer Notions, a mini-festival of queer ideas and performance, at Project Arts Centre and made history in 2010 with performance art club WERK in the Abbey Theatre.

Fergus McMillan and Amy Murphy LGBT Youth Scotland
"Challenging Prejudice: Changing Attitudes Towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Scotland"  is a national strategy, supported and funded by the Scottish Government and developed in partnership with the three national LGBT organisations; LGBT Youth Scotland, the Equality Network and Stonewall Scotland.  Central to the strategy is the support for an LGBT affirmative cultural calendar; including LGBT History Month, IDAHO, Transgender Day of Remembrance and Pride. 
Fergus MacMillan is Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland. He will talk about the development of this national strategy, their experience of working within a national strategy to reduce prejudice, and why cultural activism is central to that strategy. Amy Murphy is the LGBT History Month Officer and will talk about the impact of History Month, and also about their funding to promote LGBT History Month in other European countries.

To register contact

Information on the Arts & Culture Strand of the Conference is now available on our website, direct link:


International Physical Theatre Laboratory

December 14 - 21, 2011
RetzhofCastle - Leitring beiLeibnitz,Austria

Participants: actors of physical, dramatic, dance and musical theatres,
dancers, choreographers, circus performers, directors.

The programme includes intensive practical training with the Russian theatre director and teacher Sergei Ostrenko, and workshops, presentations, lectures, performances, works-in-progress and discussions with performing arts experts and teachers from different countries.
Participants can receive the Certificate of Participation.

The working language is English.

The nearest airport is Graz Thalerhof. The programme will take place at the historic 15th century castle.
Accommodation and meals are organized for the group.

To apply for participation, candidates should send a brief cover letter with CV/resume to

Programme, registration and contact details:


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Bealtaine 2016

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John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

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