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Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 ISPA Congress - Eugene Downes
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Eugene Downes

SESSION 4 | The New Human Landscape
Thursday, June 14, 2018


Eugene Downes

Kilkenny Arts Festival (Ireland)

Artistic Director and CEO

Eugene Downes is Artistic Director and CEO of Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland’s oldest multidisciplinary festival which this year presents its 45th edition in Ireland’s medieval city. From 2007-12, Eugene served as founding CEO of Culture Ireland, the agency for the advancement of Irish arts worldwide, and from 2000-07 as cultural adviser to the President of Ireland and to the Foreign and Culture Ministries, curating and producing performances across Europe, Asia and South America and authoring a blueprint for Ireland’s new international cultural strategy. Previous experience included the Irish Foreign Service, a spell as Cultural Attaché in Russia and as a music and opera broadcaster on Irish national radio. Eugene is Chair of the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris, a 16th century collegiate foundation in the Latin Quarter refounded as a 21st century contemporary arts centre. He previously served as a Board member of ISPA, co-chairing its New York Congress in 2012.