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Arts Council Announces Major Conference

Thursday 5th May 2005 at 11am 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced the programme for its annual conference entitled ‘State of the Arts’ which will take place on:

Wednesday 1 June 2005

Millennium Forum, Derry City

9.15 am - 5.00 pm

“We have a great line up of speakers confirmed”, says Deborah Girvan, Communications Manager and conference organiser. “Keynote speaker, Fintan O’Toole, critically acclaimed political journalist and drama critic with the Irish Times, will deliver a personal and provocative account of contemporary issues and challenges that face the arts in Northern Ireland and beyond. Paul Collard, National Director of Creative Partnerships, who is responsible for driving forward a £110 million programme which gives children in deprived areas the opportunity to participate in cultural activities, will outline the success and challenges of this major initiative”.

“With consultation underway on the Review of Public Administration, State of the Arts provides a timely forum for debate that will stimulate current thinking on the arts and inform the agenda of future development”.

Parallel workshops and question-and-answer sessions featuring panel members drawn from a strong line-up of leading professionals from the local, national and international arts scenes, will address key areas of new and ground-breaking arts practice. The themes of these entertaining and informative sessions –Creative Learning; Perspectives on Innovation; Rethinking Public Space; and International Perspectives – have been selected to be of maximum relevance to service providers and stakeholders in the arts and cultural sectors.

A lively panel debate with spokespersons on the arts from Northern Ireland’s main political parties on, ‘Why politicians should support the Arts’, will give delegates the opportunity to challenge our local political representatives about key arts issues.

Deborah Girvan went on to say, “I would urge anyone who is working in the arts or interested in the arts to attend this conference. There has never been a more critical time for the arts sector to get together and discuss the future of the arts in Northern Ireland and recognise the true benefits of the arts to society and the economy”.

For further information and how to book, contact the Arts Council of Northern Ireland on

Tel: 028 9038 5200 or visit

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