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ISPA Series at the Fringe - Three Public Events Exploring International Collaboration in Edinburgh

Thursday, June 28, 2018   (5 Comments)

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ISPA Series at the Fringe

Three public events exploring international collaboration in Edinburgh


New York, NY, USA (Friday, June 29, 2018) - The International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) in partnership with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society are delighted to announce the second season of the joint-program ISPA Series at the Fringe. Over the course of the 2018 Edinburgh festivals, the partnership will host three professional development events for festival attendees (August 8, 15, and 22). The collaboration will bring together emerging and established arts leaders in a dialogue about shared issues in our global community. This partnership between ISPA and the Fringe reflect our shared values of access, equity, and professional development.

David Baile, Chief Executive Officer, International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), said:

“We are delighted to be working again with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society to deliver a series of events that explore the fantastic international networking opportunities that platforms like the Fringe and ISPA provide. These discussions, conducted by some of the leading figures from the international arts community, will consider how the arts are responding to changes within the cultural landscape and the opportunities and challenges presented. I look forward to seeing these discussions unfold and hope they inspire further conversations and collaborations between the artists and producers that take part.”

ISPA Series at the Fringe | 11:00– 12:30 | Fringe Central - Informatics Forum, Venue 2

Wednesday, August 8

Generational Divides – In Transition

Pre-war (pre-1946), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Gen X (1965-1980), and Millennials (1981-2000): How is the nature of leadership changing through these transitions? Do governance and management structures need to transform in response? Join a cross-generational, cross-cultural dialogue to open up the issues behind these questions.

Wednesday, August 15

Who Pays the Artists?

Costs are rising, while subsidies are shrinking and consumer behaviours are changing rapidly. How do we keep our industry’s ecosystem viable with the competing demands for resources? And ultimately, who is responsible for paying the artist? Should producers and presenters keep an eye on the economics and leave the artist to endure market forces? Or should the artists take control and create the cultural economy themselves? In a mixed economy who gets paid and who doesn’t – those who are worthy or those who shout the loudest?

Wednesday, August 22

Regional Focus – Latin America

Latin America is a vast region representing many cultures. As the region’s cultural riches grow in global impact, there are many opportunities for exchange. In this discussion, we’ll learn of key access points and opportunities to begin a dialogue which develops your network.

All events are free but require tickets. More information if available on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website.


About ISPA: The International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) is a global association of more than 500 arts management leaders from 56 regions, who come together with the shared goal of strengthening and developing the arts internationally. We achieve this by building leadership ability, by recognizing and discussing field-wide trends and new developments, and by deepening global exchange through the arts. ISPA members include presenters, performing arts organizations, artist managers, competitions, funders, consultants and other professionals working in the performing arts. Founded in 1948 by Patrick Hayes, 2017 marked ISPA's 69th Anniversary. 

Media Contact: Minji Kim (; 1 212 206 8490 x205)


Jim Smith, Eponymous says...
Posted Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Jim Smith will be there from 17 to 25 August. I look forward to seeing you there.
Gianni Bettucci, Familie Flöz says...
Posted Tuesday, July 17, 2018
I will be there :) and looking forward
Tommy Kriegsmann, ArKtype says...
Posted Monday, July 16, 2018
Tommy Kriegsmann & Shanta Thake will be in Edinburgh August 9-19...looking forward.
Clothilde Cardinal, Place des Arts says...
Posted Monday, July 9, 2018
Clothilde Cardinal will be there the 15th until the 23th. Let us know about the ISPA happening. Best regards
Loco World says...
Posted Tuesday, July 3, 2018
I will probably be there around the 15th. When will ISPA host the reception? Best Wishes Åsa Edgren