Feature Article
Welcome to the January edition of our Newsletter
News this month
2020 Visual Artists Workspace scheme recipients
Arts Council Collection
Irish-Language Writer-in-Residence 2020 in DCU
Aosdána General Assembly
Bring Your Own Lanyard on 14th February: Change Makers conference
ilDÁNA 2020 / 2021
Culture Night Conversations
Artist in Residence in Technology and Innovation
Public consultation for a new National Policy on Architecture
Launch of RAISE Phase 2 - call for expressions of interest
Grants and Awards
Deadline: Bursary Awards, Thursday, 30 January, 2020
Creative Schools/Scoileanna Ildánacha – Invite applications from schools across Ireland
Young Ensembles Scheme 2020
News from the community
Deadline: Arts and Disability Connect scheme
Creative Europe Desk
Creative Europe in 2020
Cultural Cooperation Projects in the Western Balkans 2019
Equality, Human Rights, and Diversity
Equality, Human Rights and Diversity
Bring Your Own Lanyard on 14th February: Change Makers conference

A partnership between The Arts Council/An Chomhlairle Ealaíon & MA Festive Arts (University of Limerick)


The Arts Council outlines in its three year plan 2020-22 an action to develop a new environmental and sustainability policy. In line with this commitment the Change Makers festival conference launches its ‘greener conference actions’ which includes reducing, reusing and recycling materials, utilising local vendors to reduce environmental impacts and a call to action for delegates to use public transport/car pool. Creative solutions will be found in achieving these actions, including the production of digital conference programmes and reducing conference materials. With that aim in mind we are asking delegates to bring their own lanyards and ‘totes' in order to reuse and repurpose these materials for the day in Limerick.


The Change Makers conference will take place on Friday 14th February 2020 between 10am-5pm at the World Academy, University of Limerick, in partnership with the MA Festive Arts. The conference will be the first of its kind to call on the arts festival sector and stakeholders to gather to discuss the impact and value of  festival projects but also to establish the coordinates for actions to sustain and enhance festivals in Ireland.


The day will include: a keynote address by festival maker, Jude Kelly CBE, Founder of the Women of the World festival (WOW) and former director of the Southbank Centre London, panel discussion on the transformative power of festivals, toolkit sessions for festivals on areas of festival practice along with pop up clinics and a networking lunch.


The conference will provide a unique and valuable opportunity for arts festivals to come together to learn from each other and share skills and knowledge.


More information on the Change Makers conference programme can be found here along with details on how to purchase tickets from the conference box office.