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Reopening Forum Part  2 – Wednesday 23 June 11:30am, Zoom

As promised, we’re holding the second part of the Reopening Forum on Wednesday 23 June at 11:30am on Zoom. This one will have a focus on production processes, backstage, programming, and planning.

We will:

  • look at reopening and its challenges and opportunities from different aspects
  • talk through the Creating Work guidelines
  • answer contract and insurance questions
  • hear from artist, production company, festival, producer and arts centre perspectives

Like all our events, this one is free and open to all. Please register and if you let us know beforehand of your specific queries (you can send these to Katie on  we’ll try and find an answer or get clarification for you.

Reopening Forum Part 1 – Wednesday 9 June, 11.30am, Zoom

Our Reopening Forum with AIST took place on Wednesday, 9 June, at 11.30am. An expert panel shared their views and insights on what’s ahead.

  • Overview of the reopening phases, guidelines and planning for numbers and capacities at indoor and outdoor events, June-August and from September.
  • Key H&S issues around reopening for the in-house team, visiting cast and crew, and the public/audiences
  • AIST socially distanced seating and circulation guidance
  • Programme and artform considerations as well as cinema programmes in arts centres
  • Ticketing
  • Collecting audience survey information in line with Department’s pilot events one (vaccination status, age and mode of transport to venue).

Here are resources from the session:

  • transcript with audio (note this is an AI transcript so is not perfect quality).
  • Ticketsolve landing page with links to Ticketsolve resources and podcasts.
  • AIST & Venue TM Group Presentation.
  • National Gallery presentation.
  • A Framework for Performing Arts Venues guidelines.
    The Theatre Forum guidelines for the safe reopening of theatres and arts centres as workplaces. These will be updated as Government guidance and reopening plans evolve.
  • Safe Creation and Staging of Work during COVID-19 guidelines
    Theatre Forum guidelines for the creation and staging of work  for production companies and producers heading into rehearsals.
  • Professional Dance Safety: Covid Guidance for Professional Dancers
    This Dance Ireland guidance is intended to support professional projects or productions, employers, performers, and creative personnel working in dance or movement; Professional performers, for whom dance performance is their main occupation, and pre-professional dancers, who are undertaking advanced level training or are recent graduates in dance.
  • Young People, Children & Education – COVID-19 Reopening GuidelinesThese Arts Council guidelines are for cultural providers of activities for young people and children operating in contexts that vary by location, funding provider, or age group including activities provided by the Department of Education and Skills in primary and post-primary settings, higher and further education, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth in Early Learning and Care, School-Age Childcare and Youth Work, private and commercial ventures as well as indoors and outdoors activities.
  • COVID-19 Guidelines for the Safe Presentation of Festivals and Live Events
    The Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland have come together in partnership to develop guidelines in line with the government’s COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021-The Path Ahead to help festival and event organisers minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19 at festivals and individual events, and to rebuild confidence and trust among attendees.The guidance is designed to support festivals and event organisers in the preparation, execution and safe presentation of festivals and events during the pandemic; it also contains response planning, helpful links, templates and examples for users. A link to the guidance and its appendices is now available to you on the Arts Council website. The link is here.

We will hold a second Reopening Forum on Wednesday 23 June with a focus on production and programming. Registration is now open

We thank the AIST for sharing their expertise with all of us.

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