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New York 2018 ISPA Congress - Eugene Downes
New York 2018 ISPA Congress
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Eugene Downes

Session 4 | Curation and Community
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Eugene Downes | Moderator

Kilkenny Arts Festival (Ireland)

Artistic Director & CEO

Eugene Downes is the Artistic Director and CEO of Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland’s oldest multidisciplinary festival which this year presents its 45th edition in Ireland’s intimate 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 arts 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 heart of the Latin Quarter refounded as a 21st century contemporary arts centre. He has just completed two terms as a Board member of ISPA (co-chairing its New York Congress in 2012), and also serves on the Boards of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Art, Druid Theatre and Theatre Forum.  

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