Project Arts Centre to Host the IETM 2013 Spring Plenary Meeting in Dublin
Next April over 500 performing arts professionals from around the world will descend on Dublin for four days of creative thinking and networking. Project Arts Centre, Ireland’s leading centre for the development and presentation of contemporary art, will open its doors to host the Spring Plenary of IETM international network for contemporary performing arts.
Since its creation in 1981, IETM has hosted many events including two plenary meetings of their membership each year in different cities. The aim of these meetings is to connect diverse arts organisations who share common interests, to build closer relationships across sectors and countries, and to facilitate artistic partnerships, exchanges and collaborations.
For the IETM Dublin, Project Arts Centre is working closely with the IETM Secretariat in Brussels to present a lively programme of discussions and events focusing on the theme of ‘Trust’. These events will address a number of artistic issues including the relationships between artists, collaborators and audiences and also those between governments, societies and citizens. A season of performances by Irish artists, programmed by Cian O’Brien, Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre, will be presented alongside the meeting, offering the international delegates a taste of the local contemporary performing arts scene.
I am thrilled that Project Arts Centre will play host to the international arts community here in Dublin for the next meeting of IETM. This is a major opportunity for the performing arts community in Ireland to engage with their peers from across the globe and to introduce our beautiful city and the incredible artists and practitioners working in Ireland today.
Cian O’Brien, Artistic Director, Project Arts Centre.
IETM is excited and curious to return to Ireland following our first major meeting there in Galway in 2001. So much has happened since then in terms of artistic development and in the way the performing arts reflect a very changed reality, nationally and internationally. The choice of the theme, ‘Trust’, seems particularly apt, given recent broken confidences in society and our on-going need to rebuild them collectively. We are honoured to have the opportunity to delve into all this and more with our Irish colleague-artists and cultural workers.
Mary Ann DeVlieg, Secretary General, IETM.
IETM Dublin will run from 11 – 14 April 2013 at Project Arts Centre and a host of other venues throughout the city. Online registration for the event will open at ietm.org in December 2012 and the full programme of events will be announced in February 2013.
IETM Dublin 2013 is an initiative of the Arts Council of Ireland in partnership with Culture Ireland, produced by Project Arts Centre and supported by Fáilte Ireland. It is part of both the Arts Council’s and Culture Ireland's cultural programmes to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Project Arts Centre is funded by the Arts Council & Dublin City Council.
IETM is funded by the European Commission, the Dutch Fund for Performing Arts and the Flemish Community of Belgium.