May 12, 2009
Theatre Forum has launched the programme for their annual conference The Way Through and yours truly is sitting on a panel discussion entitled The Uses of Crisis.
Are we tired of talking about the recession yet, about the economic crisis in which the arts is mired? We may well be, but tough realities remain, and what’s needed most of all is the kind of conversation in which each speaker in this session specialises: frank, forward-looking conversation, an interrogation of those realities, a staking out of priorities and of strategies by means of which to find the way through.
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to think creatively with creative people about the opportunities presented by the current economic climate (or the Crisitunity as Homer Simpson might say). I’m also really interested in gathering the views and opinions of readers as to what this economic downturn might have to offer to artists and creative organisations. If you have any thoughts or impressions, feel free to mail or leave a comment. Theatre Forum’s conference is on 10 and 11 June at the Wexford Opera House.