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Europa Nostra Annual Congress Amsterdam: 8-11 June 2011

Europa Nostra’s Secretariat is finalising an ambitious programme for our Annual Congress 2011, taking place from 8-11 June in Amsterdam. On Thursday 9 June, a veritable ‘heritage market’ will be held in the 2010 Heritage Award winning Westergasfabriek, with presentations to participants and the public by the winning Cultural Heritage Awards laureates, screenings of heritage films, and numerous interactive and networking opportunities.

As always, the highlight of the congress will be the European Heritage Awards Ceremony, which will be presided by Europa Nostra’s President Plácido Domingo, and Mrs Androula Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. The ceremony will take place on 10 June in Amsterdam’s world famous Concertgebouw.

Further information to follow.


Bruges conference brings a declaration on European cultural heritage

On 9 December, a large delegation of Europa Nostra representatives took part to the Conference on 'Cultural Heritage: a resource for Europe'.

The conference gathered more than 200 participants and resulted in a Declaration of Intent or the 'Bruges Declaration', presented by the Flemish Minister for Immovable Heritage, Geert Bourgeois.

Further information

Further information on the conference can be found here.


International Conference - "Performing Arts Training Today"

May 20 - 24, 2011

Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria

About the Conference

"Performing Arts Training Today" is the professional conference open to performers, performing arts educators and teachers from all over the world interested in the research of topical questions and processes in contemporary performing arts education and training. The conference is open to different art genres, techniques and forms - theatre, dance, music, circus, visual and multimedia art. The main tasks of the conference are to demonstrate various methods and techniques in contemporary performing arts education and training, to open discussions about successful and effective strategies, to establish new contacts, to exchange experiences with colleagues from different countries and to lay the foundation for future networking and collaboration.

Participants: actors, directors, choreographers, dancers, performing arts educators, teachers, musicians, singers, composers, stage designers, painters, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics, journalists and arts managers. The working language is English.


The conference will take place in the "Green Heart" of Austria, Styria Region in Leitring bei Leibnitz, the beautiful town located about 30min drive from Graz Thalerhof Airport, 2.5h from Vienna, 40min from Graz, and just 20min from the Slovenian border. The programme will take place in the 15th century historic castle of in the landscape of natural beauty. The organizers help the conference guests to organize accommodation and meals in Leitring bei Leibnitz.


You are welcome to take part in the conference as a Speaker, Presenter, Participant, Observer.

Registration for Presenters and Speakers:

Performing Arts Training Today" is a wonderful opportunity for performers, performing arts educators and teachers to demonstrate their methods and techniques.

At the moment the conference is accepting presentation proposals. The programme is forming quickly, however there are some places available. The number of presentations is limited. The program forms on a competitive basis.

Presentation Formats:

• Practical workshop/master class

• Work in progress

• Performance fragment not requiring special technical conditions reading/lecture

• Other way of demonstration offered by Speaker/Presenter can be considered

Submission Guidelines:

The presentation proposal should be sent to and should include the following documents:

• Letter of motivation stating the conference title and dates describing the purpose of application - at least in one sentence

• Detailed CV

• Brief biography - max 100 words

• Title and format of presentation

• Brief overview of presentation - max 250 words

• Head shot and additional photo materials

All documents of a presentation proposal should be sent in one email as attachments: text documents should be sent in Word format, photo materials should be sent in JPG format. Failure to follow the standard submission requirements may result in a rejected application.

Registration fee for Presenters/Speakers:

450 EUR if payment is made before December 4th.

(590 EUR if payment is made after December 4th).

The fee covers the Speaker's/Presenter's registration fee and participation in all events of the conference programme.

Registration for Participants

To apply for participation, candidates should send a brief letter of motivation stating the conference dates and CV/resume with photo to Places are limited. The registration will be closed once the group is full.

Participation fee: 150 EUR if payment is made before December 4th.

(190 EUR if payment is made after December 4th).

The fee covers participation in all events of the conference programme.


MOOT VII: ‘INNO-VISION’ Art, Creativity, Education and Innovation

Friday February 4, 2011

Butler House, Patrick Street, Kilkenny and Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle

Doors open at 1.45pm Starting at 2pm. Estimated finish 6pm

Admission Free

Kilkenny County Council’s Arts Office in collaboration with the Butler Gallery is delighted to launch the seventh in the series of MOOT discussions, debates and seminars. MOOT is a continuous creative process providing a forum for powerful, focused and inspirational debates and discussion on a variety of subject matters and have included in previous years ‘architectural design : art gallery’, ‘reel to digital : focus on film’ and ‘the current climate : art, ecology and sustainability’. These events will, potentially, transform expectations, citing shifts in attitudes, perceptions and beliefs.

MOOT VII ‘Inno-vision’ is the first event dealing with how the arts, creativity and education link to innovation and the business sector. This discussion, like previous events, will be an open format event where artists, curators, academics etc. and the general public are invited to question how arts and creativity can contribute to addressing Ireland’s cultural and economic future. Moot VII will dispel creativity ‘myths’, focusing on how we can harness creative thinking and innovation in the arts and creative sectors in today’s society, channeling it into the right areas to create a country that is not dependent on foreign investment for its livelihood. It will explore connections and overlap between the worlds of the arts, education and business to think about how to make the most of creative talent and change peoples’ ways of thinking about their creativity. The panel discussion will be followed by smaller break-out sessions led by each of the speakers, where the audience will be invited to split into smaller groups depending on which element of the panel discussion they would like to take further. The afternoon concludes with an optional visit to the Butler Gallery.


·        Chairperson Finbarr Bradley IRL (Former Professor, DCU, NUI Maynooth & UCDCo-author, ‘Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference’)

·        Dr. Anna Craft UK (Prof. of Education, University of Exeter and author of ‘Creativity and Education Futures?’)

·        Neil Leyden IRL (Director of Calico Media, Chair of Digital Media Forum, and winner of ‘Your Country, Your Call’)

·        Paul Young IRL (CEO and Co-Founder of Cartoon Saloon)

Selected Programmes:

excel 2016

Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


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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Culture Night 2016

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