2020 SELECTED Programme Goes Online

20 July 2020

This July, we were delighted to virtually meet an enthusiastic group of SELECTED interns.

SELECTED is a professional development programme for students interested in the arts and festival programming, in partnership with NUI Galway.

Under normal circumstances, SELECTED takes place for a whirlwind two weeks during the July Festival. Participants attend festival shows and are given access to an array of leading artists in an action-packed schedule of talks, interviews and workshops.

In true 2020 fashion, the group adapted this year to bring the programme online. One thing that didn’t change was the warm welcome that SELECTED Manager, Shelley Troupe, gave to the participants and her dedication and energy in compiling the programme.

The group took part in online discussions and talks with the GIAF team including CEO John Crumlish and Artistic Director, Paul Fahy, as well as with artists, producers and theatre-makers from Ireland and abroad.

This year marked the 10th year of the SELECTED programme and Galway International Arts Festival was delighted to work with our Education Partner, NUI Galway, on this initiative.

What Participants Said:

"Participating in selected has been a massive eye opener for me. The main message I got from a lot of the speakers was that everyone starts somewhere."

"I was amazed by the opportunities and experiences on offer from the programme. It’s really lived up to my expectations, even with how different it has to be this year. I feel like I’ve learned so much. Hearing the talks about producing has really encouraged me to get more experience in that area."

"I was pleasantly surprised when amidst the Covid-19 Lockdown GIAF’s 2020 SELECTED programme peeked back into view. I applied for SELECTED to learn how to turn artistic goals into tangible projects...it has been brilliant to soak up the wealth of knowledge from festival organisers, Paul Fahy and John Crumlish, as well as photographer Sarah Hickson's and playwright Dylan Coburn-Gray’s artistic perspectives on the world.”