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Partnership at heart of sixth edition of Echo Echo’s international festival

Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 2pm 0 Comments Dance

(Clockwise from top left): John Scott, Tonya Sheina and Zoe Ramsey, Mary Wycherley, Sahar Damoni, Tanzfuchs and Simonetta Alessandri company. Image: (Clockwise from top left): John Scott, Tonya Sheina and Zoe Ramsey, Mary Wycherley, Sahar Damoni, Tanzfuchs and Simonetta Alessandri company.

Echo Echo’s international Festival of Dance and Movement returns this week with a major series of over fifty dance and theatre performances and events for all ages in Derry and Belfast.

Local and international dance artists and musicians from Italy, Russia, Germany, UK and Ireland will be working with people of all ages and abilities in a busy community programme that involves over 25 community partners and hundreds of local participants including Fireworks Dance, Thornhill College, Sevenoaks Care, The Playtrail, and primary schools in Belfast, Claudy and Donemana, among many others.

Echo Echo Artistic Director, Steve Batts, explained:

“This year the whole outreach and participation element of the festival is at a much larger scale than before with a substantial programme of performances and workshops in schools, community centres and day care centres, working with local dance teachers and youth dancers, and dance related events such as ‘meet the artist’ events, symposia, and visual art exhibitions. The public and closed programmes of events take place in over twenty different locations and, for the first time, we will take some elements of the festival to Belfast.”

Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Gilly Campbell, Arts Officer for Drama and Dance at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:

“Echo Echo is a key part of Derry-Londonderry’s arts infrastructure and the wide range of dance-based activities that they deliver, including the annual international dance festival, is critical to the development and appreciation of dance in Northern Ireland. The Arts Council, as principal funder, very much welcomes the expansion of this year’s festival and the enhanced opportunities this creates for many more people to engage with and enjoy the best of contemporary dance and movement.”

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr John Boyle has pledged his support for the Echo Echo International Festival saying:

“This is a fantastic event that really showcases the wealth of talent we have. It gives local and international dancers the opportunity to perform within a varied community based programme. The festival works very proactively to reach out towards a wide range of people by engaging with the community and voluntary sector and schools. I am particularly pleased that the event is supported financially by Council and believe it is important that we do all we can to promote and support events that provide new opportunities for our communities to engage and enjoy music, dance and the arts.”

The full programme for Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement 2018 is available now featuring performances by Simonetta Alessandri and company (Italy/UK), John Scott (Ireland), Tanzfuchs (Germany), Mary Wycherley (Ireland), two evenings of Short Works from an open call that attracted over 200 entries including new work from Northern Ireland, Europe, Asia, Canada and the Middle East, as well as family shows and Dance Picnic, Festival Symposium, workshop programmes, a visual art exhibition by John Deery, and closing festival concert by Basork. Tickets for all events are on sale now.

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