A New Era for Macnas as Noeline Kavanagh Steps Down

A New Era for Macnas as Noeline Kavanagh Steps Down

After a hugely successful 14 year tenure as Artistic Director of Macnas, Noeline Kavanagh will step down in order to focus on her own artistic practice!

Macnas today announced the news of Noeline Kavanagh's departure, with the company looking ahead to exciting plans for 2023 as Executive Director, Johnny O’Reilly, will take Macnas into the next phase!

"I wish Noeline success and every good wish in the next stage of her career", said O’Reilly. "I congratulate her on her visionary work and contribution to Macnas over the past 14 years. Macnas is now at an exciting time in its evolution; we are building upon established national and international partnerships whilst reimagining the future of the company and the continued delivery of a dynamic programme of outdoor spectacle."

Noeline Kavanagh said; "Being the Artistic Director of the legendary Macnas has been an honour and a privilege. I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with all the artists, communities, participants, volunteers and colleagues during my time. I am delighted that Macnas will continue to evolve and innovate as guardians of the unpredictable."

Macnas’ plans for 2023 include the long-awaited return of the signature Macnas Parade which will be back on the streets of Galway and Dublin at Halloween with an extraordinary team of artists, community participants and volunteers, supported by the company’s existing exceptional core team.

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The company is also delighted to announce that their latest creation, CON MÓR The Giant, will embark on a series of tours and visits around the country, with more info coming soon. This extraordinary 7 metre high, 4.5 metre wide ancient Giant recently attracted over 40,000 visitors when he "emerged" at Macnas HQ in Fisheries Field over Halloween weekend. Macnas will also deliver a community parade in Ballina for 200 participants which will form the heart of a year-long celebration of Ballina’s 300 year history.

Since Noeline joined the company, Macnas has thrived under her creative direction, growing its reputation as a pioneer of invention and a leader in spectacle art, both nationally and internationally.  Noeline’s unique creative talent and extraordinary vision propelled the development of the art form, with Macnas creating and delivering immersive spectacle parades and large-scale site-specific shows. The pandemic also saw the company bring its epic storytelling to film for the very first time. Noeline spearheaded the company’s collaboration with local and international freelance artists, designers, performers, musicians and makers, establishing ongoing creative and community relationships, pushing boundaries and pioneering new forms in spectacle, transforming any site into a stage, to thrill audiences young and old.

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The company will continue to honour the storied legacy of Macnas, established by Noeline and her predecessors, by continuing to pioneer new approaches to large scale outdoor and community celebrations, working with the world’s foremost spectacle artists, while nurturing the next generation of artists through year-round education and public participation programmes.

Make sure you keep up to date on Macnas' exciting plans for the future by checking out their website and following them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Feature Photo by Martina Regan
Photos of Con Mór by EmJCamera

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