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International Producers Breakfast 2013

22nd August 2013

09:00 - 11:00

Dear Producers Breakfast participants – past and future,

On behalf of Visiting Arts, I would like to welcome you to the 2013 International Producers’ Breakfast at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Over the decades, this event has become a real fixture in the international producers’ diary. When we have asked attenders what they value most about the Producers Breakfast, networking and making new connections is the number one response.

This year, we are offering enhanced networking – both on the ground and online. We are creating a much more “intelligent” networking experience for participants with pre-event surveys identifying needs and by creating ambassadors/facilitators who will help people satisfy those needs. In this newsletter, you will also meet our panel speakers who will discuss online collaborations and dissemination in theatre and the arts.

We are launching our enhanced online directory at this year’s Breakfast – World Cultures Connect. This online directory and professional networking site allows you to promote your work or services; discover new partners or opportunities and connect with those partners online. In anticipation of this, there will be a connection board at the Breakfast (read more below) – come prepared to post your calls to promote, discover or connect.

This is a natural extension of our extremely successful Cultural Profiles that have been so valued by practitioners across the world. Building on this information, the online platform will use the latest technologies and will be able to expand and grow according to usage and the market. The project has been supported and piloted by Creative Scotland and supported by the Arts Councils of Northern IrelandWales and Ireland and Culture Ireland. We have started with a focus on the UK and Ireland as well as our overseas contacts and already have over 14,000 entries. We urge you to be in at the beginning in what will be the tool for networking for the creative sector in the future.

Yvette Vaughan Jones
CEO, Visiting Arts

Follow the event on Twitter: #VAProducers and connect with us @VisitingArts

Our speakers

Meet one of the panelists of the 2013 Producers Breakfast and the projects that inspire them…

Rohan GunatillakeInnovation Producer

“The project that most inspires me is the Sandbox set of projects run by Watershed in Bristol. The most recent is Heritage Sandbox and they have also run ones related to Theatre, Media & Books and they are facilitated processes by which practitioners in a specific field work in a playful and experimental way with technologists to make new work. What I love about it is that it is as much about the process as the project outputs themselves. And on top of that the team at Watershed, headed up by the remarkable Clare Reddington constantly demonstrate how important the role of the producer is in creating new digital work.”


We’ve posted some of your calls to promote, discover and connect. Send us your calls to be featured in the next newsletter (19 August) or simply post a note on the connection board at the Producers Breakfast itself. World Cultures Connect allows this to happen online, worldwide – try it for yourself at the Breakfast and on Twitter!

Joanna Ridout, General Manager, Ridiculusmus
Ridiculusmus are a UK-based, international, award-winning theatre company which has been making seriously funny theatre (in English) for over 20 years and we’re looking for potential production partners in Europe, Australia, the USA and beyond. Most recently we’ve been developing a new show inspired by radical Open Dialogue work in Finland, called ‘The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland’, which we will premiere early in 2014.
Discover: We want to find ways of engaging with partners and audiences in new ways, working with issues around mental health and wellbeing.
Promote: In addition, we can offer a tried and tested comic repertoire that includes a wry look at Britishness with Total Football, a two-man Importance of Being Earnest and a satirical slant on advertising with Ideas Men.
Get in touch with JoannaNatasha Lee-Walsh, Producer & Project Manager, Iron-Oxide
Iron-Oxide mixes aerial work, highly physical choreography and intricate imagery to create spectacular performances that stretch the imaginations of its audiences. The company has a strong commitment to supporting the growing Scottish physical theatre, outdoor performance and circus network.
Connect: We seek collaborations with companies interested in incorporating these elements in their work.
Get in touch with NatashaAmy Bonnsall, Associate Artistic Director, Bilimankhwe Arts
We work collaboratively with our partners to create theatre which works across cultures, specialising in adaptations of existing international written works. This may be play, a three line poem, a political manifesto, a memoir, a novel … anything originating from the written word. We have existing partnerships in Blantyre Malawi, in the UK, in LA USA, in Cape Town South Africa.
Connect: We would love to expand out partnerships into more countries, in particular in Europe – though we welcome interest from anywhere in the world.
Get in touch with AmyNick Williams, Executive Director, Actors Touring Company
Actors Touring Company makes and tours theatre from all over the world. We seek to look at the world from different perspectives and to do that we tour, in the UK and internationally. We have a repertoire of productions that can tour internationally.
Discover: We also are always on the look out for interesting plays, new collaborators and different ideas to make exciting, new theatre.
Promote: Over the next few years, we will offer for international presentation: The Eventsby David Greig – a major new commission exploring forgiveness after an act of aggression, and featuring local community choirs. This production is currently playing at the Traverse Theatre during the Festival and will tour the UK throughout the autumn. We will also present a trio of new plays by Russian writers exploring the world of migration to the USA.  And finally, we will create a new piece of dance theatre in collaboration with major artists Simon Stephens and Hofesh Shechter.
Get in touch with Nick