Connect: All-Ireland Arts Conference 2012

Watch video from the Lyric Theatre as practitioners from north and south of the border exchange ideas

Audiences NI, Northern Ireland Theatre Association and Theatre Forum joined forces in June 2012 to bring the first ever All-Ireland Arts Conference (#AIAC2012) to Belfast.

The two-day event at the Lyric Theatre saw those working in arts sectors north and south of the border come together to discuss how to forge new links, exchange ideas on best practice and network with contemporaries from across Ireland.

'We have taken the decision to work with our partner organisations on this year’s conference in order to offer the very best speakers and panellists to our members in order to create debate,' said Audiences NI chief executive Steven Hadley, 'as well as provoke new thoughts and inspire new possibilities for arts organisations across Ireland.

'We are also furthering our commitment to providing relevant and valuable training to all our members by working on programming a Digital Day later in the year which will look at a number of digital issues such as new ways of using technology to engage with audiences at every level. Further details of this will be released in the coming months.'

The All-Ireland Arts Conference was curated by Maureen Kennelly, who programmed a packed schedule of talks, discussions and workshops. The conference featured national and international speakers delivering inspiring keynote speeches, as well as offering practical advice to those working in the arts.

Speakers included Ben Cameron (Doris Duke Foundation), Farooq Chaudry (Akram Khan Company) and Helen Marriage (Artichoke).