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International Producers Breakfast 2012

20th August 2012

09:30 -11:30

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

The Visiting Arts Producers Breakfast, presented in partnership with Creative Scotland, creates the opportunity for 200 UK and international producers, programmers and creators with a passion for international and intercultural performance to come together, make new connections and sow seeds of collaboration, exchange and partnership for the coming year.

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Join us for breakfast, networking and an in-conversation on the impact of the Olympics and other global events on programming, cultural projects and festivals with international producers:

Constantin Chiriac, Director of Sibiu International Theatre Festival and General Manager for Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu, Romania, Member, European Capitals of Culture Monitoring and Assessment Panel
Jane Connarty, Independent Producer and Curator, Associate Director, NVA’s Speed of Light
Kerry Michael, Director and Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Chair, Stratford Rising

Admission is free but capacity is limited. If the link does not automatically take you to the registration page, paste this URL into your browser:

…also at the breakfast…
The UK Cultural Contact Point (CCP) will hold an EU Funding for Arts Projects seminar directly after the breakfast from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Edinburgh Festival Theatre. The seminar will provide a brief summary of EU funding opportunities available to arts and cultural organisations who are interested in developing artistic projects in partnership with other European organisations.

If you are only booking a place for yourself, please be sure to choose EITHER the combined Producers Breakfast + EU Culture Programme Seminar ticket OR the Producers Breakfast ticket only.

The deadline for registration is Friday 10 August.

The Producers’ Breakfast is run in association with Creative Scotland, UK Cultural Contact Point and Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

For those interested, there will be a separate information event on the EU Culture Programme in Edinburgh also on 20 August from 3-5pm at Fringe Central in Edinburgh, run by the Cultural Contact Point. More information on

For more than seventeen years, Constantin Chiriac has been running the extremely successful SIBFEST, the annual international theatre festival in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, Romania. He has also been a star of the Romanian stage and screen and an important influence in East-European theatre management, running the ‘Radu Stanca’ National Theatre of Sibiu since 2000, and teaching at the Theatre Studies department of the University of Sibiu. For the last six years Constantin Chiriac has, in addition, been engaged in the cultural operations of the European Union. In 2007 the town of Sibiu was appointed European Capital of Culture, a year before Liverpool, and Constantin was a major influence in the successful bid. Since then, he has been involved in choosing the new European Capitals of Culture, as well as in many other cultural issues in Europe. Further afield, he works as a consultant and collaborator with Japanese and Korean theatres and has in the last couple of years begun to work in China.

Jane Connarty, Associate Director, NVA’s Speed of Light Jane has worked for over 15 years as an independent producer and curator, with contemporary artists and arts organisations in a wide range of contexts. Based until recently in the south west of England she has developed visual arts projects and programmes for New Contemporaries; Arnolfini, Bristol; Bath Festivals Trust; Picture This Moving Image, Bristol; Bath Spa Project and ICIA, University of Bath. Until 2011 she was Programme Manager for Arnolfini.

Kerry Michael was appointed the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Stratford East in September 2004. Kerry has upheld the theatre’s commitment to develop new work and to provide a platform for those voices underrepresented in the ever-changing communities of East London. Under Kerry’s leadership Theatre Royal Stratford East instigated the International Festival for Emerging Artists, also known as IFEA. This new initiative involving over 30 national and international partners brought together emerging artists from around the world to collaborate in the development of new work. Kerry also pioneered the OPEN STAGE project, where Theatre Royal Stratford East became the first theatre of its size to hand over its programming power to its audiences in the run up to the 2012 Games. During the summer of 2012, Theatre Royal Stratford East hosted Nigeria’s Hospitality House (Nigeria House). 30 Nigeria House is a project coming out of that residency where there is secured investment in original creative work from 30 young artists (aged 18-35) of Nigerian heritage. The Theatre is also part of four Cultural Olympiad: London 2012 Festival projects; with additional collaborations with Sadler’s Wells, National Theatre of Scotland and World Stages London also during that time. Kerry is also Chair of Stratford Rising, a consortium of 20 cultural providers committed to the promotion of Arts production, programming, education, training and development.