Posts Tagged ‘day of action’

Day of Action Flash Mob

20th September 2010 by Maura McHugh

Dancers, other arts workers and members of the public took part in a dance flash mob outside Government Buildings in Dublin as part of the first ever National Day of Action for arts and culture in Ireland on September 17, 2010.

The group danced to ‘Dearg Doom’ by the Horslips in a routine choreographed by Olwen Grindley.

The day was organised by the National Campaign for the Arts and also involved other events around the country and over 80 meetings between arts workers and their local TDs.

Demonstrate Your Arts

15th September 2010 by Maura McHugh

A demonstration will take place at the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport at 23 Kildare Street, Dublin at 1pm on Thursday 16th September to bring attention to the collapse in the income of the country’s artists as a result of the recession and various government cuts.

The event is part of a National Day of Action organised by the National Campaign for the Arts and the Association of Artists Representatives Organisations (AARO).

Among those participating will be composers, actors, writers, directors, dancers, musicians and visual artists.

The central demands of the National Campaign for the Arts and AARO are:

  • The right to organise and negotiate minimum terms and conditions.
  • The right to social protection.
  • The right of artists to share in the economic rewards from the work they create.
  • The right to hold positions on all relevant bodies (e.g. Film Board, Arts Council, RTE Authority)

Veronica Coburn will direct a flash mob at the demonstration, and actors, dancers and anyone up for a little activity are encouraged to turn up for rehearsals in Filmbase at 11am the morning of the event.

Get out on the streets and demonstrate your arts!

Day of Action Update

9th September 2010 by Maura McHugh

NCFAOn the National Day of Action, Friday September 17, 2010, arts workers in every constituency around the country will meet their local TDs to put the campaign demands before their public representatives.

Please join the Facebook group that represents your constituency. More than 60 TDs, including the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Taoiseach, have already agreed to meetings. By joining the Facebook group in your constituency you strengthen those attending the meetings.

As well as this NCFA members are hosting a series of events – flash mobs, talks, demonstrations, live art – around the country to further highlight to the government, and the general public, the important role the arts plays in the nation’s economic, social and civic recovery.

Find out what’s going on in your area and participate. Let’s make some noise!

You can keep up-to-date with all the news about the National Day of Action on the website for the National Campaign for the Arts, or on the Facebook page for the group.

Day of Action Workshops

14th June 2010 by Maura McHugh

National Campaign for the ArtsSince the government has indicated that further cuts are coming in the Arts sector the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) is organising a Day of Action on Friday, the 17th of September 2010.

In advance of this the NCFA is hosting a day of free workshops and briefing sessions in Dublin, Galway and Cork for those who want to participate in the Day of Action.


Information, presentations, group discussions, networking with fellow arts workers & advocates


Following the 2010 budget announcement last year the Arts Council received a €9 million reduction in funding from the Government.

More than 300 organisations subsequently had their grant cut, some by up to 65%. A further 30 had their funding cut all together.

The Taoiseach has indicated that further cuts are coming and Minister Hanafin has publicly acknowledged cuts will be happening in her department.

So we have to work together now to protect the arts, our jobs and our country’s future.  The National Day of Action on Friday 17 September 2010 is our chance to do exactly that.


Wed 23 June, 5pm – 6.30pm – Dublin

The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, 11a Eustace Street
Temple Bar, D2

Rsvp to: Marcella Corcoran –

Thurs 24 June, 5pm – 6.30pm – Galway

Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Sq, Galway

Rsvp to: Antonella Villani –

Fri 25 June, 5pm – 6.30pm – Cork

(in association with Cork Midsummer Festival 2010 – free & concession priced tickets to festival shows that evening. Details when you rsvp)
Lecture Theatre, Crawford Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork (tbc)

Rsvp to: Siobhan Colgan –


5.00pm - Meet and Greet
With coffee/tea and light snacks

5.10pm - Photograph taken of attending group
(for Facebook, website and follow up local media)

5.20pm –  Introduction
Putting the NDoA in context of the work of the NCFA

5.30pm –  Presentation
* The role(s) of the arts in Irish society /economy
* Why we need to lobby/get our voice out there
* First person experience of lobbying TDs

5.50pm  - Group Activity
SWOT Analysis of NDoA

6.10pm  Q&As and round-up of the workshop, highlighting ‘what next’