October 28, 2020
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The show must go on, say two Waterford festivals

Two of Waterford’s most popular festivals are making plans to go ahead this year.

The Imagine Arts Festival hopes to stage events at venues across the city from October 16 to 25 and the Waterford Walls team plans to move from the traditional weekend set-up and to spread the festival across  45 days, from the 15 July to 28 August.

The Walls team has re-organised and restructured the festival to allow for any Covid-19 restrictions.

Each artist will have five days to create an art piece. All social distancing recommendations and safety protocols will be adhered to, and their process will be documented and shared online in real time.

Aspects of the festival centred on social gathering, such as the  Guided Art Trails, will also be brought online, along with interviews, photos, and time lapses of the artists painting.

Each artist will arrive individually to paint their own wall and will be replaced by another artist once they have left the city.

The Irish artists will begin to arrive in July, and international artists are scheduled to arrive in August during Phase Five of the Government’s recovery road map.

However Waterford Walls is prepared for possible restrictions at this time, and has put in place a contingency plan where international artists could also arrive later in the year once travel and quarantine restrictions have eased.

The organiser’s of the 2020 Imagine Arts Festival are hard at work re-imagining the layout and programme for their festival.

Festival Manager Nora Boland said she was delighted to announce that the festival would go ahead.

“We are planning a festival with parameters of safety in order to ensure every possibility of the festival proceeding fully,” she said.

Imagine is putting out an open call for local performing artists to send the festival team proposals for their works.
The festival will be in a position to grant-aid three works for the 2020 programme. Suggestions and ideas are welcome to form a broad variety of the arts including from theatre people, dancers, circus and multidisciplinary groups and of the three selected one will be offered a commission for the 2021 festival.

Artists interested in submitting a proposal should email imaginefestofficial@gmail.com for further details.
For more information on Waterford Walls see waterfordwalls.ie

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