04/07/2017

Chris Baldwin announced as Creative Director of Galway 2020

> Riona Durkan

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Chairperson, Aideen McGinley and board members of Galway 2020 are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Baldwin as Creative Director of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

 

As Creative Director, Chris will be responsible for the delivery of the programme of events for 2020 for Galway City & County. Chris comes from a very strong Artistic and Cultural background with a proven track record in the delivery of international cultural events and programmes.

Chris will work with Hannah Kiely, Chief Executive Officer at Galway 2020 and together they will build the creative team that leads Galway City and County on this extraordinary journey towards the European Capital of Culture in 2020 and beyond.

Chris has become widely known for Teatro de Creacion (TdC) – an approach to making large scale interdisciplinary performance designed for a place, about that place – its history and relationship to local people and usually made in deep collaboration with the people of that place. For over thirty years he has been directing and writing for companies in Spain, UK, Poland, Bulgaria and Germany and elsewhere. He has outstanding international relationships, but most importantly we know that his approach to programming will work here in Galway.

Hannah Kiely, CEO stated that, “We are honoured to have Chris join our team; he recently directed four of the largest events for Wroclaw 2016, European Capital of Culture in Poland.  Chris has well over two decades of experience creating and producing international cultural projects and festivals in Wroclaw, London and Spain. We believe his approach to programming will work here in Galway and I am delighted to welcome him to the team”.

“I am truly delighted and honoured to be appointed Creative Director of Galway 2020,” Chris said, “I believe we have a significant opportunity to do something very special in Galway and I am keen to work with the Board and CEO to ensure we deliver an exciting and energetic programme that will celebrate Galway City and County in all its exceptional glory. I am really looking forward to working with the local artists and communities across the county and city and exploring further the national and international artistic opportunities and collaborations that can be created”.

Aideen McGinley, Chairperson of the Board of Galway 2020 stated, “Chris has very innovative ideas in terms of developing and delivering the programme and his international experience and relationships will add enormous value to what will be a very exciting cultural programme, as well as creating many new opportunities for more artists, communities and organisations to further connect with Galway 2020. We are really inspired by his vision for Galway and we are looking forward to working with him”.

Chris will take up his position with immediate effect and is very much looking forward to building many new relationships in Galway.

Chris Baldwin – Notes:

Chris Baldwin is a performance director, curator and writer. Most recently he was Curator for Interdisciplinary Performance for Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture 2016 (Poland). He studied acting, theatre and music. He is also a permaculture designer. Chris has led teams of cultural managers across Europe and has run extensive programmes of workshops with both young and adult cultural practitioners in many European cities and regions. He wrote and directed two major pieces of work as part of the 2012 London Olympic Games. His play “Cosima” won “Best Theatre Text” at the FETEN International Theatre Festival, Gijon, Spain, and his play “Bright Angel” (written in collaboration with Bernd Kessler) has been performed in various British and German theatres. He has published plays and books about theatre and the teaching of history in post authoritarian countries. He teaches regularly at a number of European universities and has been Visiting Professor at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London. Chris has extensive international programming experience and he brings a wealth of knowledge and partnerships to Galway.

 

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