Global reach of FRESH Street honoured at Fáilte Ireland Awards after bringing 21 countries to Inis Óirr
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Global reach of FRESH Street honoured at Fáilte Ireland Awards after bringing 21 countries to Inis Óirr

A local event on a global level, FRESH Street 2019 brought together over 280 delegates from 21 different countries and from 4 different continents to Galway city and Inis Oírr in 2019 and examined the incredible power of making artistic work for public spaces. This outstanding event has recently won the Fáilte Ireland CARA award for 2023.

At the award ceremony which took place at the Intercontinental Hotel, Fáilte Ireland celebrated the outstanding contributions of 104 conference ambassadors, including renowned academics and industry leaders. Wexford native and ISACS (Irish Street Art, Circus and Spectacle Network) Director, Lucy Medlycott was there to receive the Fáilte Ireland CARA award for bringing a conference, FRESH Street 2019, to Galway and for its contribution to the region's economic impact. The event took place from 22nd – 24th May 2019 in Galway city and Inis Oírr and brought together over 280 delegates from 21 different countries and from 4 different continents.

“ISACS are beyond thrilled to receive this award out of the blue for the wonderful FRESH Street event which we held in partnership with Circostrada and Galway 2020 back in May 2019. It feels particularly special to get this kind of recognition for an event whose significance was slightly eclipsed by the ensuing pandemic. We are super grateful for the acknowledgment of the value of these art forms in our cultural landscape by Minister Martin and Failte Ireland and especially the Meet in Galway team,” said Lucy Medlycott, Director of ISACS network.

“Every year we bring professional international programmers, festivals, and arts managers to Ireland to meet with the ISACS membership. This year alone we hosted over 15 arts professionals with the support of Culture Ireland. And next year we have some exciting plans once more for the international development of this most democratic of art forms. ISACS will in fact be hosting Circostrada - the European Network for Contemporary Circus and Outdoor Arts – in Ireland once again, during summer of 2024, with their DIVE programme. Details will be released soon.”

In advance of the FRESH Street seminar, a 2-day private meeting was hosted by the Arts Council of Ireland for policymakers across the world. Over 12 policymakers arrived from the UK, Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Latvia and France to share and discuss topics of mutual interest. The Circostrada Network facilitated this, and it was highly influential in mapping out means to establish data and to grow knowledge of this rapidly developing art form across the territory.

The ambassadors were acknowledged for their expertise, industry knowledge and unwavering commitment to successfully hosting an international conference in Ireland between 2018 and 2022. Collectively these conferences have contributed €125 million to the Irish economy and have made a positive impact on our nation.

Fáilte Ireland’s Conference Ambassador Programme was developed to support individuals who want to host an international conference in Ireland. The programme provides assistance and financial support at every stage of the event, from the initial bidding, through to the marketing and promotion of the event. Ambassadors are sector leaders or influencers in their field and since the programme was established in 2009, Fáilte Ireland has supported almost 3,000 ambassadors in their bids to host conferences and events worth more than €2 billion. To learn more about this head over to the website; www.isacs.ie.

All photos courtesy of Lisa Regan Public Relations LTD.

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