The All Ireland Performing Arts Conference 2017, presented by Theatre Forum and TheatreNI, curated by Ali FitzGibbon, will take place in Cork this June.  APAC is the largest gathering of professionals from the performing arts in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Built around a call to action, Twist or Stick, a programme of speakers, panel discussions and debates, explores how the wider performing arts sector negotiates with a rapidly changing economic, social and political environment. We are constantly responding to change in our communities, trying to protect independence, originality and livelihoods while also recognising artists are changing how they work.

In navigating a relevant and exciting future for the performing arts, practitioners, artists, venues, festivals, companies and public bodies have choices: to change or to stay the same; to do something or to do nothing; to decide what to get rid of and what to protect. Riffing on card games, this rapid fire two-day programme asks how we will play the hand we have been dealt.

Where: The Everyman Theatre, Cork
When: 21st-22nd June

The schedule

June 21
11:00 – 12.30: Theatre Forum Benchmarking/TheatreNI Members’ meeting
12.30 – 13.30: Lunch in The Everyman
13:30 – 17:45: Sessions in The Everyman
18:15 – 19:00: Tourbook launch reception in The Everyman bar
20:00 – late: Midsummer Supper

June 22
09:00 – 12:45: Morning sessions in The Everyman
12:45 – 13.45: Lunch in Cork Opera House
14:00 – 15:45: Afternoon sessions in The Everyman

Have a look at our programme flyer below! Alternatively you can open it by clicking here.


Replay Theatre Company presents The Adventure Collective: Inclusion Conference ‘A Bigger Picture…’

TheatreNI and Dance Resource Base are delighted to be partnering with Replay on the conference in presenting critically acclaimed US theatre-maker, choreographer and trainer Liz Lerman. Liz Lerman will be speaking at the conference, in the Skainos Centre on 26th of June. TheatreNI and Dance Resource members can get 20% off when booking online by using the codes: THEATRENI20 and DRB20 codes at checkout



Monday 26th – Tuesday 27th June 2017

The Adventure Collective – Inclusion Conference will focus on the journey and development of children and young people with disabilities from birth to 19 years, with emphasis on how inclusive creativity can greatly contribute towards social development, happiness, personal empowerment and the improvement of communication skills. The Adventure Collective will bring multiple sectors together and encourage the sharing of ideas and experiences, highlighting the challenges that these young people can face and how the Arts is perfectly poised to bring adventure, enjoyment and happiness to their everyday lives.

Creative Workshops

Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th June 2017

As Replay Theatre Company is one of Northern Ireland’s leading arts organisations in delivering work for young people with disabilities, participants will have the opportunity to extend their ticket and engage in three days of creative workshops. These creative workshops will experiment with creative methods and strategies that have been developed through Replay’s experience of creating successful inclusive productions. The workshops will be delivered by some of Ireland’s most experienced sensory performers, including Artistic Director Janice Kernoghan and Andrew Stanford, Lead Artist – Inclusion.

Participants with all abilities and experience are welcomed and encouraged!

Full information on the conference can be found here.