Street Arts takes centre stage in Galway for FRESH STREET#3


President Michael D Higgins welcomes prestigious international seminar for the development of Street Arts

Over 200 international visitors have arrived in Galway to attend Europe’s biggest international seminar for street arts.  FRESH STREET#3 is presented by Circostrada, Artcena, in association with Galway 2020 and Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) who have brought together professional artists, programmers, researchers, pedagogues, journalists and policy makers from Europe and beyond for an exciting three days focusing on all things street arts, from 22 to 24 May.

“Street arts taking place in the shared everyday spaces so familiar to us all, peopling the public world, can help ensure that art and creativity will also take their place in the other, intangible shared spaces of our societies.”

FRESH STREET#3 aims to explore street arts as a tool for social, cultural, political and economic change.  The innovative conference, now in its third year will take delegates out of the traditional conference room and onto the streets of Galway and the breath-taking island of Inis Oírr to connect with the local community and natural environment, exploring the sense of place and identity and how street arts influences same.  A series of amazing public street art spectacles from local, national and international companies are also on the agenda across the three days, bringing some of the best examples of street arts to life.

Speaking ahead of the opening of FRESH STREET#3, President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins said; “Street arts taking place in the shared everyday spaces so familiar to us all, peopling the public world, can help ensure thus art and creativity will also take their place in the other, intangible shared spaces of our societies.

He added “I have no doubt that during your stay in Galway – designated European Capital of Culture in 2020 – you will enjoy the special atmosphere and the breath of talent that is on display here.  As you gather to discuss the benefits and challenges associated with street art and outdoor performances, I hope it will assist you in situating your discussions in a context of inclusion and civic empowerment.”

Speaking on what she calls a ‘unique collaboration’, Director of ISACS, Lucy Medlycott says “our goal at ISACS is to support, encourage and empower the art forms of street arts, circus and spectacle in Ireland. We believe that these art forms are inclusive, inspiring and transformative.  We want to highlight their value and relevance in today’s cultural climate and to grow the recognition of these art forms as socially, culturally and economically vital elements of Ireland.”

People strolling the streets of Galway between Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 May should prepare to come across many exciting demonstrations of innovative street arts, in unusual and intriguing places and forms.  Free public performances include a night time illuminated parade through the streets of Galway city at 10pm on Wednesday 22 May. LUXE street theatre company will present Imramh – The Ship of Destiny which will take the audience on a magical journey through Shop street and down to Nimmo’s pier where the finale will take place.

People will also encounter outdoor arts on Inis Oírr, a high wire workshop across the Claddagh basin and a dance performance above and below the water in the Claddagh Basin over the three days.

Helen Marriage, Creative Director, Galway 2020 said; “It’s an honour for Galway 2020 to be part of hosting such a prestigious meeting.  Art that takes place in the public realm is a powerful force for transformation; it can make people see their world differently and open to new possibilities, staying in the imagination long after the ephemeral moment has passed.  It reaches people who may not even realise they are experiencing art.  I am thrilled that we are able to welcome all our European guests to this important forum and look forward to seeing many more next year when Galway celebrates its year as European Capital of Culture.”

FRESH STREET#3 is co-organised by Circostrada, ARTCENA in partnership with Galway 2020 and ISACS, with the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the French Ministry of Culture, Áras Eanna Arts Centre, Creative Europe Desk–Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Meet in Ireland and Galway Convention Bureau.


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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