The International Producers’ Breakfast is presented in partnership with Creative Scotland and has become an important annual event for Scottish and international arts professionals working in or attending the Edinburgh Festivals, creating the opportunity for 200 producers, programmers and creators to come together, make new connections and sow seeds of collaboration, exchange and partnership for the coming year.
The theme and debate of the International Producers’ Breakfast 2018 will focus on how to maintain links within and beyond Europe post 2019 and encourage a greater diversity of voices.
Meet the Speakers
Fatima Avila, a Filipino national, joined Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in May 2016 as Project Executive in the Culture Department. She is in charge of Mobility First! – ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, which was set up in recognition of existing funding gaps, particularly in the Asia-to-Europe and Asia-to-Asia contexts. Prior to ASEF, Fatima has worked extensively in the visual arts field as gallery manager of Tin-aw Art Gallery and Manila Contemporary (Valentine Willie Fine Art) where she was able to navigate Southeast Asia through artistic and institutional collaborations by means of exhibitions and commercial projects. Fatima holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines) respectively.
Christiana Bissett is a Glaswegian artist, whose work explores how we perceive environment and how this perception impacts our imagined futures. After making and touring award winning work with company Junction 25 from a young age, Christiana studied performance theory at the University of Glasgow where she connected with six other students and founded The Doing Group. The collective have shown in Glasgow and Helsinki, produced projects such as A Home For Nessie in response to the uncertainties caused by Brexit, and are on residency in Austria this September. Christiana is currently participating in a pilot MA in Ecology and Contemporary Performance at Helsinki’s University of the Arts.
Mairi Taylor is Executive Producer of Bird Of Paradise (BOP), the theatre company producing world-class productions and projects that place disabled artists centre stage. The international work of the company has been developing over many years, with visits to Holland, Brazil and Rwanda to deliver workshops and presentations. In 2010 with Robert Softly Gale, Mairi established flip – Disability Equality in the Arts working with organisations across Scotland, UK and Europe to support the development of better equalities practices. Prior to that she managed a national access project for the Federation of Scottish Theatre. As a producer, Mairi has toured shows in Scotland and internationally, worked with the young company Creative Electric, and on Unlimited R&D commission Fragmenting the Codex.
Hakan Silahsizoglu is a cultural operator, actor, play translator and Founder and Director of Atta Festival – Turkey’s international arts festival for children and young people, based in Istanbul. He is a member of international playwriting network The Fence, coordinator of the Turkish committee in Eurodram – Europe`s largest theatre translation network, global fellow at International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA) from 2016 to 2018, member of Showcase Selection Committee at International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), and participated in the EU co-funded initiative Creative Tracks. He gives talks about theatre in Turkey in festivals and schools around the world including NYU. Hakan is a dual citizen; British & Turkish who lives and works in London and Istanbul.
Your views 💬
Share ideas for or ways that you are working to further strengthen international relationships, a sense of community, and cross-cultural values in these changing times as the UK makes moves to leave the EU. Post to Twitter #VAPB2018 or on the Facebook event page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invite a young leader!
The Year of Young People 2018 aims to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. Let’s celebrate the influence and importance of young voices. We encourage you to take this as an opportunity to invite young leaders in the arts to join you at the Breakfast – be their mentor, make introductions and show them the ropes!
Networking support is facilitated with experienced ambassadors to help you promote your projects, discover new works and connect with potential work partners. An e-directory of participants will be distributed in advance to assist with networking prior to the event.