As the year comes to an end we would like to thank everyone who has supported Echo Echo during 2017!
It has been another challenging year for the arts in this part of the world: the absence of a regional government and apparent lack of political interest in the arts is deeply concerning; wider economic and political developments have a direct effect on Echo Echo and the people and organisations we work with; further arts funding cuts to the minuscule arts budget here have been extremely difficult to manage, and made both short-term and longer-term planning even more difficult.
Despite this the company has had another successful year in terms of the quality and diversity of our artistic programme, continuing to develop the new Studios and Festival, and supporting local, national and international artists in different ways. Some selected photo highlights from the past year are listed below, but we could have chosen from dozens of other collaborations, performances and events that took place!
This work would not be possible without the support of our audiences and participants, collaborating artists and organisations, funders and partners – thank you for all that you do for the company.
Looking forward to 2018 we have some very interesting projects already confirmed including the first Echo Echo Contact Improvisation Festival in May; Echo Echo Ensemble tour to Sweden in September; Body Wisdom in the Community – a project in partnership with local community groups in Derry and Strabane; research projects in collaboration with Leiden University, Queen’s University and Warwick University; continued local participation projects including Donemana primary schools and Pennyburn Youth Club; and a sixth edition of Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement in November 2018 – to name but a few!
Finally, a big thank you to all of our current and outgoing Board members, to our core staff team, and to the Echo Echo Ensemble who put incredible creative energy, time and devotion into everything we do throughout the year.
Best wishes from all the team for a Happy Christmas and see you in 2018!
Ailbe Beirne, Company Manager