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Nurturing Practical European Cultural Connections at SPRAOI

Nurturing Practical European Cultural Connections at SPRAOI

On Saturday, 5th August 2023, at 10am the Southern Regional Assembly and Spraoi Festival will co-host Street Talk, an ideas exchange meeting of European arts professionals, at Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford’s Cultural Quarter. This year’s discussion will focus on ‘Nurturing Practical European Cultural Connections’ exploring previous learnings and ideas for future arts engagement.

Spraoi, Ireland’s designated Street Arts Festival, attracts European artists to Waterford as well as showcasing Irish artists to overseas markets. Street Talk will be attended by delegates from Germany, Estonia, France, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and UK. 

This year marks Ireland’s 50th year of membership in the EU, a membership which has helped Ireland become more diverse, inclusive and equal. This connection has shown us that we can learn from each other in terms of policy and practicality showing ultimately that together, we are more effective and stronger.

The Southern Regional Assembly forges links between the EU and Ireland through regional European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) in order to support balanced, sustainable regional development. Involvement with Street Talk offers a natural fit for the core work of the Assembly, creating a Europe closer to its citizens.

Adjacent to the venue for Street Talk is Assembly House, the headquarters of the Southern Regional Assembly, which will feature in performances by Belgian Parkour performers Be Flat on Saturday and Sunday during Spraoi on August Bank Holiday Weekend.

“As an EU island state it is critical Ireland has connectivity with our fellow Europeans, this is as true in the arts as it is in business, agriculture and diplomacy,” says Spraoi Director, T.V. Honan. “Which is why we are delighted to have Southern Regional Assembly involved this year, they are experts in European connectivity.”   

David Kelly, Director, Southern Regional Assembly, said “We are very pleased to be working with Spraoi, both of our organisations have a strong European focus and we both strive to build and maintain mutually beneficial links and relationships with our European counterparts. Over the past half-century, Ireland’s EU membership has changed how we live, work, study and travel for the better. Street Talk will explore how we can continue to nurture our cultural connections with our EU neighbours into the future.”

At Street Talk, European festival managers and directors will discuss areas of common interest and potentially create partnerships for future interaction between Spraoi and similar events in other European countries.

Members of the general public are welcome to attend Street Talk, a free event. Further information is available at www.spraoi.com