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New York 2018 ISPA Congress - Shona McCarthy
New York 2018 ISPA Congress
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Shona McCarthy

Session 3 | Festivals: Thinking Glocal?
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Shona McCarthy | Moderator

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
(United Kingdom)

Chief Executive

Shona McCarthy is the Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society - the charity that underpins the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. Originally from County Down, Shona has dedicated her career to championing and developing arts and culture. From 2011 to 2014 she was Chief Executive of the Culture Company, leading on Derry-Londonderry’s transformational year as UK City of Culture, creating and delivering a world-class, citywide cultural programme for 2013. Prior to that she was Director of the British Council Northern Ireland leading a team of 40 to oversee international programmes of work across schools, arts and Higher Education, to build positive international cultural relations. She was the CEO of Imagine Belfast, heading up Belfast’s bid to be European Capital of Culture and was Head of Exhibition at the Northern Ireland Film Council. Shona spent many years as Chief Executive of Cinemagic Film Festival for young people and the Foyle Film Festival. In 2007 she was the recipient of a NESTA cultural leadership award which enabled her to live and work in India with Seagull Foundation for the Arts in Calcutta, and in 2014 she received an Eisenhower Fellowship. As well as her Fringe commitments, Shona is also Chair of Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast, and Walk the Plank, a Salford-based Creative agency specialising in spectacular outdoor arts and pyrotechnics.

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