Major conference Ireland’s Edge – Creativity, the Diaspora and Realising Potential to be hosted on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way in Dingle, Co. Kerry with support from the Minister for Diaspora Affairs Mr. Jimmy Deenihan T.D. Keynote Speakers include US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley and Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott
A major conference titled, Ireland’s Edge – Creativity, The Diaspora and Realising Potential, will take place on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way in The Skellig Hotel, Dingle, Co. Kerry on December 4th. The event will examine how creativity and innovation can be put at the centre of national policy making, contributing to job creation and engaging positively with the Irish diaspora.
The conference is a new initiative and will be produced as part of the renowned music festival Other Voices, which is in its 14th year in Dingle. The festival brings some of the world’s biggest musical acts to Dingle, Co. Kerry to play the unique Church of St. James. Past acts have included Hozier, The National and Damien Rice. This year’s festival will bring some of the most hyped acts of 2015 to Dingle, including; the newly announced Mercury Prize winner, Benjamin Clementine, Jack Garratt, Lapsley, Richard Hawley and American band Low.
The conference, in association with The Irish Times, is a new feature of this year’s music festival and will bring together the country’s political, business and creative leaders to discuss a future strategy for Ireland on creativity and diaspora engagement.
Speakers at the conference will include the US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O Malley, Minister for Diaspora Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan TD, General Manager of Intel Ireland, Eamonn Sinnott and the Operations Director of Lonely Planet Ireland, Nóirín Hegarty. The conference will be moderated by the acclaimed Irish Times’ journalist, Kathy Sheridan.
Speaking in advance of the event, Minister for Diaspora Affairs, Mr Deenihan TD said, “The conference will be an important and creative opportunity to reach out to our diaspora. Those that come home will be welcomed back to take their place in the rebuilding of our economy. They will bring with them their new-found experience and the confidence that they have gained through the journeys that have made. Ireland’s Edge is a unique event that will allow us to showcase the creativity and innovation that has been at the heart of Ireland’s journey and I am delighted to be a part of it”.
As part of the conference there will be a special ‘Lessons from Generation Emigration’ discussion panel, moderated by journalist Ciara Kenny. Panellists for this element include; Joey Kavanagh, creator of the successful ‘Home to Vote’ campaign, Dave Tynan, Film Director and Irish actress, Ruth Negga.
Also speaking in advance of the conference was Eamonn Sinnott, General Manager of Intel Ireland, who said, “I believe that here in Ireland there is something unique about our DNA as a people – a creative ability, an artistic flair, an innovative aptitude. This unique creative ability will become more valuable than ever as we find ourselves at a pivotal moment in time in terms of how technology is changing the world around us and advancing at an astonishing pace. We will be required as people to have different sorts of discussions and solve new sets of problems and challenges that are beyond the realm of our current computing and technology skills. This will I believe require an ever increasing merger of science and arts and a greater emphasis on multi-disciplinary skills. The partnership with the Other Voices series is an exciting opportunity for us to explore this unique intersection of perspectives”.
Also commenting was Philip King, conference co-founder, who said: “Ireland’s Edge will provide a unique opportunity to some of the country’s most dynamic thinkers to debate a number of important issues that are live in modern Ireland. It will also form an important connection point to young Irish people working abroad and will project the Wild Atlantic Way to an international audience. Crucially too, the conference will frame a national discussion on STEAM, should the A for the Arts have a distinct national accent? How is the Irish A informed by Ireland’s cultural inheritance and the global Irish diaspora? How living in such an Ireland can be an attractive, enriching option for our diaspora community and for the broader community of global creative? And thirdly, in the Irish context, how can we understand the creative place, as being at the intersection of the centre and the periphery, the city region and the rural edge, home and away? I look forward to seeing how these and many other pertinent questions and issues are addressed at Ireland’s Edge, and what ideas and solutions we will yield from this exciting endeavour.”
At the conference, US Ambassador, Kevin O’Malley will host a special presentation of his Creative Minds initiative which will feature a musical performance by Austin, Texas-based “hobo folk” singer, songwriter, and musician, Shakey Graves (born Alejandro Rose-Garcia). As a musician using the Shakey Graves moniker, he has famously developed an original alt-folk one-man band approach. He successfully released a debut album, Roll the Bones, in 2011, and followed it with And the War Came in 2014.
The Guardian, in conjunction with Other Voices, will also present as part of the conference a special edition of Guardian Live, featuring conversation and performance from twice Mercury Prize nominated artist, Richard Hawley. As part of this segment John Mulholland, the editor of The Observer, will engage in a wide-ranging discussion on integration and diversity across the U.K and Ireland. He will share his perspectives on the shape of things to come as the worlds of journalism, digital and other technologies continue to collide.
Limited tickets are available to the public for Ireland’s Edge and can be purchased on Eventbrite.ie through the following link – https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/irelands-edge-creativity-the-diaspora-and-realising-potential-tickets-19712655082
About Other Voices
Other Voices Dingle 2015 will run from 4th – 6th December, 2015. As with other years, the established and successful format of the event consists of a core series of live performances in St James’ Church which are streamed live and also recorded, edited and broadcast online and on television. In addition there is a Music Trail that animates venues throughout Dingle by providing high quality performances of a mixture of headline artists and emerging Irish talent. There is also a discursive element in the form of the Banter Sessions, which consists of a series of public interviews, discussions and debate.
This summer Other Voices brought Dingle to renowned UK festival, Latitude. The replica church was thronged for the weekend and featured a surprise performance from Ed Sheeran, who played an intimate set with long-time friends of the festival, Snow Patrol. Other Voices also had another great outing at this year’s Electric Picnic festival in September, showcasing some of the best Irish and International talent including Villagers, Glen Hansard, East India Youth and The Staves.
Other Voices has firmly established itself as one of the world’s most unique musical events and has wide global following:
– The festival reaches 9.7 million users via owned channels – 4.6 million via You Tube
– In December 2014 alone, the reach of Other Voices from owned digital channels exceeded 1.8 million.
– Ireland is the country most interested in the festival followed by the US and the UK. Other countries have started to show significant interest in the festival, such as the Netherlands.
– The festival’s footprint continues to gain broader schemes of influence.
– Social mentions of the festival grew by 45 % in 2014.
– Traffic to the Other Voices YouTube channel has almost doubled in the last year. The channel now has more than 10 million views.
– Share of voice is growing year on year through Other Voices ‘talent identification’ credentials and the Festival’s share of voice in the music industry across the world is growing year on year.
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