In this period I was involved in many activities. On the 6th of June myself and the 5 Lamps Arts Festival’s Art Director met Ingrid De Leon, who was already in our team this year and will be involved for the next edition as responsible of the social media. We exchanged many ideas about the way to present the program in the brochure for the 2018 festival. We discussed what was wrong in the 2017 brochure project and how to improve the comunication of the 5 Lamps logo. Many ideas about eventual design book to be produced by the festival the next year.
On the 7th of june we met again Joseph Salam that is becoming an important figure for the production of the new festival. We shared new ideas about artistic proposals, new venues and the way to organize the next edition, expanding what was already discussed during the previous meetings. During this meeting it were decided the dates of the next festival: 8-11th march 2018.
On the 8th of june myself and Roisin, with a detail-oriented control, we checked again the statement of the invoices received and of their payments, processed or pending. At noon we met with Aaron Copeland and Neasa Ni Bhriain, members of the “Upon a tree”, masters in making sustainable play spaces for children and adults. They presented us (there were present the teachers of the Sheriff area, Five Lamps Arts Festival, Joseph Salam) the Playful City, a project exploring and responding to the need for more inclusive, child-friendly, and playful spaces in Dublin City. Their purpose is to bring children, young people, diverse key stakeholders and the wider community together around the topic and make an impact in the city. This through a series of consultative events that will help shape the content of their ‘Design Meets Play’ International Conference and Hackathon on 17th October 2017, at the Point Village in Dublin City. The outcomes from the consultations and the Hackathon will ultimately lead to tangible results: playful installations and interventions in the spaces between spaces of Dublin city. We discussed about many idea to “make your streets a place to play and not just for traffic”. They are connected with Connect the Dots, a start-up that specialises in engaging stakeholders around topics that matter. The two orgaizations both recognised how important it is for the health and happiness of a city to carve out spaces to live, work, but also “to play”. Their vision is a city where the streets and public spaces engage and interact with its people – of all ages and abilities. Their philosophy: “Children need to be consulted and planned for, not tucked away into corners of parks behind fences,” says Aaron Copeland, co-founder of Upon a Tree. “They represent a necessary starting point to designing spaces”. Partners of Connect the Dots and Upon a Tree are: the University College Dublin, Science Gallery Dublin, Seán Harrington Architects, UNICEF Ireland, Leave No Trace Ireland, Early Learning Initiative, National College of Ireland – IFSC, Early Childhood Ireland, Recreate Ireland, GoCar Ireland and Henry J Lyons Architects!
On the 12th of June me and Roisin Lonergan met Anne Gannon, Librarian of the Charleville Mall Library, in North Strand. She was involved in the Festival this year and will be for the next. Roisin discussed and shares with her new ideas and the plan for the next festival.
On 13th of june I worked contacting new artists for the 2018 festival.
On the 15th of june, from 10:00 to 16:00, I was with Roisin at the Project Arts Centre, in Temple Bar, for the annual User Day of Ticketsolve, a meeting organized to learn more about this company and from great guest speakers.
There were two excellent speakers for this year’s Dublin date in Project Arts Centre:
- Marie Davis,the Head of Google Marketing Solutions Ireland that explained how to navigate the world of Google Analytics, Tag Manager and beyond and
- Darragh Doylewas there to share his social media experiences and help you to strategise yours.
On the 16 june I was at the Blooms Day in Monto, in which Roisin Lonergan was involved. A nice event to commemorate Joyce’s Ulysses chapter of Circe, in which Bloom visites the red light neighborhood of Monto. There was a theatre company to play it. They wanted me to play the part of the “doggy man”
On the 19th june there was the last summer meeting of the 5 Lamps Arts Festival’s Board. News discussed, a new member introduced to the Board and the actual financial balance sheet report.