It's been an exciting month starting as the festival's new Audience Development Officer. We've met with arts organisations, embassies, festival organisers, active retirement organisations, political organisers, filmmakers... the list goes on and keeps growing!
Of these encounters and collaborations (new and old!), my favourite moments have been to meet people, that are not only like-minded in their passion for arts and film, but to hear their too, individual voices. To hear how they believe in the enriching power of film and that they acknowledge Irish audiences, rich selection of art.
As I recently heard Fintan O'Toole, Literary Editor of The Irish Times, say at the Arts Audiences graduation event: "It's hearts and minds and nerve endings on seats." Fascinating people with opinions and choice, curating their own daily programme of interest and belief.
And in that spirit! As I am meeting with some members of the Nordic Embassies today... here are a selection of events organised between the Nordic Embassies and Irish Cultural organisations, that you might enjoy:
8 – 12 September – Dublin Castle, International Academy of Ceramics General Assembly and Conference 2014
International Academy of Ceramics (IAC), Dublin will host a series of exciting events throughout the city celebrating contemporary craft, including significant international exhibitions as well as a number of dynamic presentations of work by Irish craftspeople. Other Nordic artists are also represented at the exhibitions. Among them are Päivi Rintaniemi (Finland), Poul Johannes Jensen (Denmark/Norway), Annika Berglund (Ireland/Sweden), Hans Börjeson (Denmark), Kajsa Bäckström (Sweden) and Ulla Viotti (Sweden).
More information can be found at http://www.iac2014.com/
12 September - Pekka Kuusisto and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, NCH
The RTÈ NSO under conductor Alan Buribayev will treat the audience to a wonderful night on the 12th September. Acclaimed and decorated Finnish virtuoso Pekka Kuusisto joins them for one of his compatriot's most famous works, Sibelius' epic Violin Concerto.
* BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 1 [10']
* SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor [31']
* R STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben [40']
For more information and tickets, please visit www.nch.ie.
25 – 28 September – IFI, Stranger than Fiction Documentary Film Festival 2014
Last year the Stranger Than Fiction Festival (STF) was a huge success. This year it will be even bigger, and will be attended by the young Danish film maker Andreas Johnsen, who will present his documentary ‘AI WEI WEI – THE FAKE CASE’, a documentary about a provocative Chinese artist, fighting for human rights. Andreas Johnsen will also participate in panel discussions and share his experiences as a young film maker.
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Sarah Ahern - Audience Development OfficerDiscussion