Archive for the ‘conference’ Category

Cultural Dimensions of Innovation

10th November 2010

UCD ConferenceUCD is running a conference on the Cultural Dimensions of Innovation on the 15-16 November, 2010.

The conference will analyse the cultural dynamics which will shape Ireland’s economic, technological and political innovation agenda. Ireland must unlock the potential of cultural and creative industries to encourage entrepreneurship; move towards a creative economy by catalysing the spill-over effects of cultural and creative industries in a wide range of economic and social contexts.

The event will promote and establish an interface between academia, government, business and the Irish public to foster the discussion of an important current social issue.

Day 1 will focus on Academic Contributions to Cultural Innovation. Day 2 will discuss policies and case examples of Cultural Innovation in Practice. On both days we will have academics, EU officers, arts and business people giving their expert views and sharing their experiences in this area.

The cost to attend the conference is €50 each day, and tickets can be purchased online.

Douglas Hyde Conference

4th October 2010

The Douglas Hyde Conference 2010 is titled Inside Creativity: Education, Innovation, Economy, & Society, and is the second of three Hyde Conferences looking at the Creative Sector.

Roscommon County Council Arts Office and the Western Development Commission will bring together artists, academics, politicians, commentators and public bodies to investigate four different topics separately examining four distinct roles of creativity in society.

The conference will be opened by Mary Hanafin, TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport and chaired by poet and broadcaster, Theo Dorgan.

This year, most of the conference will take place on one day, Friday 15th October.

The following morning, Saturday 16th, a special wreath laying ceremony will take place at the graveside of Douglas Hyde at the nearby Douglas Hyde Centre to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth.

This will be followed by a lecture by Dr. Roy Johnston on the life and work of the painter Roderic O’Conor, who was also born 150 years ago, near Castleplunkett, Co. Roscommon, five miles from Hyde’s birthplace.

More information on the conference is available on the web ste.

Theatre Forum Ireland Conference

3rd June 2010

Registration for the 2010 Theatre Forum Ireland Conference, entitled Resilience and Renewal, taking place on the 17-18 June 2010 in the Wexford Opera House, is now open.

The conference is being curated by International Arts Management Consultant Anne Bonnar and features an array of high profile Irish and international speakers.

“Theatre has been battered and bruised over recent years with cuts in public funding, and the multiple impacts of the recession on audience behaviour and funding. As new forms of interactive engagement develop through digital technology, theatre faces new competition. Theatre faces the challenges of its core business model which depends on the live, real time event, the congregating of audiences in a room and the art and craft of many players, making it less economical and less environmentally friendly than other pursuits…

Last year’s conference was seminal in creating a platform for coordinated action and campaigning. This year, the focus will be on debate and argument, on an interrogation of some of the key issues that the Irish Theatre community needs to face within its membership. To do this, we will welcome colleagues from other nations, including Iceland, Canada and Wales as well as from England and the US to join participants with diverse views from Ireland.”

Conference Tickets On Sale

28th May 2010

Give Me DirectionBord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, in association with the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, have announced that tickets for the Give Me Direction Screenwriting Conference go on sale today, Friday 28th of May at noon, on a first-come first-served basis from the Dublin Film Festival web site.

This year’s conference will focus on the theme of comedy, and is taking place from 17th – 18th June 2010 in Cineworld, Parnell Street and The Morrison Hotel in Dublin.


Bobby Farrelly (Kingpin, There’s Something About Mary, Shallow Hal)
Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking, Lovely & Amazing, Friends with Money, Please Give)
Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain (Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Four Lions)
Stephen Woolley (Stoned, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Perrier’s Bounty)
Alice Lowe and Jacqueline Wright (Jackal Films)


Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Angelo’s)
Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Garage)
Pat McCabe (The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto)

Give Me Direction is supported by IADT National Film School and Huston School of Film and Digital Media.

World Conference of Screenwriters Report

12th November 2009

Last weekend a delegation representing the Irish Playwright and Screenwriters Guild attended the historic first World Conference of Screenwriters in Athens, Greece. It consisted of David Kavanagh, Chief Executive of the IPSG, Audrey O’Reilly, Chair of the Board of Directors, and screenwriters Mark O’Halloran and Lauren Mackenzie.

The event brought together all of the members Guilds and Unions of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) – who initiated the project – and the members of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG). Approximately 160 people attended the two-day event, from countries as far apart as Israel, Canada, New Zealand, and Brazil.

The conference tackled its subjects with intense energy, even when faced with intimidating issues such as bi-lateral trade agreements.

What quickly emerged is that while screenwriters in other countries may operate under different agreements with producers and directors, there is a commonality of experience which bridges the cultural divides.

In particular, most screenwriters and Unions encounter issues to do with how credit is attributed to the writers of films; the process of writing treatments and drafts and the manner in which they are subjected to critique; coping with the advent of digital media; the globalisation of the industry and the rights that multinational corporations are attempting to co-opt; and finally the hope writers have for their future based on being the creative source for a good script.

Sometimes the mood in the room became despondent or strained, as people from various groups tried to communicate their frustration and fears, but in the end it was overtaken with a serious determination for screenwriters to remember their strength as the originators of material, and the power of collective action. Screenwriters are not powerless, and it’s not impolite to ask for fair treatment. As the American screenwriter Frank Pierson said, in a video clip to the audience: “Take it easy, but take it.”

When the conference concluded the FSE and the IAWG issued a joint Declaration, and also a Joint Activity Programme.

The conference was a good first start, and already there is a suggestion of another meeting in two year’s time to carry on the action, and conversation.