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Stéphane Segreto-Aguilar – Circostrada

21.05.2019

Stéphane Segreto-Aguilar is Coordinator of Circostrada, part of the team behind FRESH STREET. Here, he talks about the importance of these events for street arts.

How did you get involved in FRESH STREET?

I got involved in Circostrada back in January 2016, so my first FRESH STREET experience was in Portugal in 2017. It was a very intense and enriching three-day seminar taking place in Santa Maria da Feira, in partnership with Imaginarius Festival. The event itself started with an incredible piece of news shared by the then Secretary of State of Culture: the creation of a specific budget of €1 million to develop and structure the street arts and circus arts sectors in Portugal. It was amazing news and an incredible way to start the event.

Often, FRESH events take place around festivals, or around a dedicated artistic programme, which is the case for this Irish edition. I believe street arts performers were quite thrilled about it, because it is a one-time opportunity to perform, share their work and meet fellow colleagues from all over Europe and beyond!”

That is why FRESH events are important; they can, and they will, continue make a difference.

What is the importance of these types of events?

These kinds of events are necessary because they can contribute in building a collective awareness, as well as grounds for a more sustainable future. When you come to FRESH, you can chat with others who work miles away from you and share with them your experiences, mistakes, solutions and best practices, but you can also imagine new ideas together and concrete actions to improve the visibility and recognition of the street arts sector in your city, region or country. That is why FRESH events are important; they can, and they will, continue make a difference.

 

What would you like to see happening for street art?

I would like for street arts and creation in the public space to be recognised across Europe as a legitimate form of art. For Ireland, you can build on what exists already and push yourself forward in the areas where you need to improve the most. It’s also about building a legacy together – between professionals, policy makers, journalists and citizens, of course. It is, indeed, a relentless job, and I’m 100% sure Ireland can pull it off!

About FRESH STREET#3:

As a result of their partnership with Circostrada, the ISACS Network will host the International conference FRESH STREET#3 in partnership with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. This event is scheduled to take place from 22 – 24 May 2019. It will see over 250 international delegates with a professional background and passion for all things street arts from all over the world in attendance. Artists, practitioners, programmers, producers, festivals, stakeholders, policymakers, journalists and more will make up the audience.

The theme of this event is ‘Place and Identity’ and is driven largely by the global and local crisis that the world is experiencing currently in relation to how we relate, feel and perceive same.

The event will be hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway, with a one-day exploration of place and identity on the beautiful Inis Oírr, Aran Islands.

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