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Dear friend of the campaign,

Hope you like our new look for the newsletter! We have a new ‘slot’ as well where we hear from our constituency coordinators and we’re getting ready for our next colloquy, which is happening during the Kilkenny Arts Festival next month.

NCFA Colloquy #2

Our second Colloquy will be held on Monday 12 August 2013 at 2pm in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny. This colloquy will get down to brass tacks about what is meant by ‘evidence’ and what does it matter in the context of the arts and policy-making. The Guest Speaker is Dr. Dave O'Brien from City University London. He is particularly interested in how we determine issues attached to urban cultural policy and cultural value. The respondent for this colloquy will be Professor John O'Hagan from the Department of Economics, TCD.  Details here.

A Discussion Paper about the ideas explored across the series of colloquies written by Tara Byrne, NCFA Colloquia curator, is available here.

Booking is essential as seats are very limited and given on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Your active participation is important and the event is free.  Our thanks to the Kilkenny Arts Festival for their support.

If you would like to attend, please email events@ncfa.ie by 5pm Friday 9th August.

To quickly get an idea of what we covered in the first colloquy, you can read a summary of the main points aired in discussion here. And you can listen back to the Introductions, Keynote speaker and Respondent here:

Planning Ahead

Thanking all the constituency coordinators, who gathered recently to brainstorm tasks ahead for the coordinators in the run up to the budget in October and the lead into the local elections in Spring 2014. We are planning other regional gatherings between now and September, more to follow as plans are confirmed.

The Lighthouse cinema’s assistance in hosting the session is much appreciated.

Thank you.

With best wishes,

The Steering Committee:

Tania Banotti, Mark Brennock, Valerie Connor, Loughlin Deegan, Vincent Dempsey, Gerard Howlin, Fiach Mac Conghail, Niamh O'Donnell, Mags Walsh.