Lian Bell

Dublin Fringe Festival | Role: Programme Manager

Dublin Fringe Festival 09-11

Ger Clancy’s ‘Escape From The Dead Zoo’, 2010

From 2008-2011 I worked as the head of programming and artist liaison at Dublin Fringe Festival, Ireland’s largest multi-disciplinary arts festival, with a particular focus on helping Irish artists to develop new experimental work of all kinds. Unlike other Fringes, DFF is a fully curated festival with approximately 100 events taking place each year in venues across Dublin.

Key activities for this role included:

managing the application system
– supporting artists creatively and practically
– assisting the Festival Director in the curation of events
– programming venues
– maintaining a high standard of communication with all partners and artists
– managing budgets
– coordinating travel and accommodation
– recruiting and managing interns
– ongoing improvement of internal systems of organisation, including a total reworking of the Festival Judge system

In addition to these core activities I oversaw and developed a number of projects including:

The participants of the first MAKE residency in 2009

The participants of the first MAKE residency in 2009

MAKE (in association with Project Arts Centre, Theatre Forum and Cork Midsummer Festival) – an annual residential artist development programme that takes place in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. Each year, fifteen Irish and international performance makers spend a week with three international mentors, developing ideas for work. From 2009-2012 I was the on-site facilitator during the week, as well as assisting in developing the structure of the residency.

→ RadioActive (in association with RTÉ) – a once-off initiative in 2010 to train a diverse group of composers, choreographers, theatre makers and sound designers in making experimental radio and provide a platform for the resulting work, both nationally and internationally. An edited version of some of the artists’ work can be heard here.

→ Show in a Bag (in association with Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute) – a highly successful and ongoing initiative that provides actors with their own high quality tourable play made to their own specifications. Previous participants can be found here.

 FESTIVAL PROGRAMMES ONLINE:                          2009                              2010                            2011



© by Lian Bell, 2019 | All photos by LB unless otherwise credited.