Visiting Arts International Producers Breakfast 2016

Another successful International Producers Breakfast event saw 200 delegates from across the UK as well as United Arab Emirates, Canada, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Cuba, Japan, Austraila, India, USA, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Taiwan.

“In the jetlag-addled late-night festival-of-festivals that is Edinburgh in August, few 9am events are unmissable, but the Visiting Arts Producers Breakfast nails it every year. It is a great chance for us to meet up with our international friends and colleagues, hear fascinating presentations, and mark another year in our rapidly changing world.” - Jonathan Holloway, Artistic Director, Melbourne Festival   


What is the role of festivals in supporting international work?



Fergus Linehan was appointed Festival Director of the Edinburgh International Festival in October 2014 following his time as Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Sydney Festival, Head of Music at Sydney Opera House and Festival Director of Vivid LIVE. His first season achieved popular and critical acclaim featuring new commissions by directors Robert Lepage and Simon McBurney, choreographers Wayne McGregor and Israel Galvan and performances by Mitsuko Uchida, Ivan Fischer and Anne Sophie Mutter. He began his career in the theatre in Dublin, producing work for independent companies and going on to direct the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Ruth Mackenzie CBE is Artistic Director of Holland Festival - the largest international performing arts Festival in the Netherlands founded in 1947 and taking place in Amsterdam every June. Prior to this Ruth led the launch of The Space, the online digital arts project created jointly by Arts Council England & the BBC. Ruth was formerly Director of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, expert adviser on broadcasting and cultural policy for the DCMS, and the first General Director of Manchester International Festival. Ruth was awarded a CBE for her services to the Olympics & Paralympics in 2012 and an OBE for her services to theatre in 1995.

This year we are delighted to welcome Ambassadors from Visiting Arts’ Culture Works Connections programme and platform, which is supported by the ACPCulture+ ACP-EU Support Programme to ACP Culture Sectors, financed by the European Union and implemented by the ACP Group of Cultures and aims to build a community and lasting network of creative businesses in more than ten countries in the Pacific, the Caribbean and Africa over three years from 2014-2017. Speaking on the pannel was Ethiopian Storyteller Tesfaye Weldemedhin, Malawi based McArthur Matukusha of Solomonic Peacocks Theatre, Trinidad & Tobago based writer Rochelle Amour and Ebonie Fifita of ON THE SPOT Arts Initiative from Tonga.

Watch the discussion on YouTube.




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