26 August 2009
I’m happy to pass on this request from the organisers of Culture Night 2009, coming up on Friday September 25th:
Culture Night is a hugely important event on the cultural calendar providing people with the opportunity to discover and enjoy the rich cultural offering of the country’s cultural venues at night. Volunteers for this event are very much appreciated, as they are integral to the running on Culture Night, over the six hours that it runs, from 6pm until 12 midnight.
In order for this wonderful night to go ahead we are looking to gather a team of well of organised volunteers who would like to take part in this annual event.
The main tasks that we will need volunteer assistance for are:
- Guides on the Culture Night buses
- Assisting stewards with the outdoor events
- Assisting in the info centre
- Distributing flyers
Info points on Grafton Street. If you would like to get involved or for more information please send an application form along to Sarah Cleary, Volunteer coordinator at email@example.com, or contact 087-9719498
25 August 2009
Last Sunday (August 22nd) marked the beginning of Heritage Week 2009, and the great series of events and open houses taking place around the country. There’s hundreds of activities happening over the coming week– worth taking a look at the comprehensive listing on the Heritage Council’s dedicated site.
21 August 2009
The Arts Council, in collaboration with Temple Bar Cultural Trust, has rolled out a new site focused on Irish arts audience development, www.artsaudiences.ie. Here’s the skinny on their rationale for the initiative:
- Attendance and consumption; attendance for some artforms is falling; we need to increase the frequency with which people come to, for instance, our venue or festival and we need to keep people coming back year-on-year.
- Customer service and experience; customers care about more than just the show or event and we need to see what we can do to make sure their experiences are good ones
- Working together; arts organisations should collaborate more to speak to and attract audiences
- New media; All of us need to know more, to help us take advantage of the opportunities which a new media landscape have brought. We recognise that organisations operate at different levels of online activity and will strive to reflect this as we address this.
- Information; we need to address the gaps in our information about audiences – who they are and how they behave. Figuring out what we need to know is a key step in figuring out what to do.
(see the full manifesto here.)
Plans so far include:
- A low-tech no-cost project where arts organisations will recommend each others work and we will report on what worked and what didn’t
- A large-scale national promotion of the performing arts for a period of time in the autumn
Future plans include online resource material, and new training & mentoring programmes.
More imminent, however, is a series of one-day workshops on Web 2.0 and audience development to be offered in Dublin, Galway and Cork in September. They’re looking for registration ASAP, unless the slots have been filled already… it’s only €45 for a full day session, and looks to be a promising build on the excellent Arts Council-sponsored New Media & the Arts conference held last November.