Artist in Every Place

Audience Development in European Capitals of Culture

Date: 4.10.2019 at 9.0013.00
Venue: Valvesali, Cultural Centre Valve (Hallituskatu 7, Oulu)        

European Capitals of Culture aim to create opportunities for everyone to enjoy art and culture. This seminar will focus on audience development from the viewpoint of artists. Examples are heard from Galway and Oulu. The seminar will end with a panel discussion incorporating different stakeholders.



8.30–9.00 Coffee served at Valvesali

9.00–9.15 Welcome – Piia Rantala-Korhonen, Director of Oulu2026

9.15–9.30 The role of culture in Irish co-operation – Eddie Brannigan, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the Embassy of Ireland to Finland

9.30–9.45 The Irish Festival of Oulu – Brent Ó Caiside, Festival Director

9.45–11.00 Examples of Audience Engagement in Galway and Oulu

Niceol Blue, Professional Musician & Founding Member, Galway Buskers’ Community, Galway
Órla McGovern, Performing Artist, Artistic Director at Moth & Butterfly, Galway
Mika Kiviniemi, Drama Instructor, Oulu
Katri Tenetz, Head of Children's Culture, Oulu
Olli Rantala, Head of Planning, Oulu

11.00–11.20 Break

11.20–11.40 Supporting Artists’ Mobility in Traditional and New Environments – Eva-Maria Hakola, Head of Development, Arts and Promotion Centre Finland

11.40–12.45 Panel Discussion and Q&A
Moderator: Samu Forsblom, Program Director of Oulu2026
Panelists: Brent Ó Caiside, Órla McGovern, Eva-Maria Hakola, Nada Ní Chuirrín, Professional Dancer and Dance teacher, Galway & Claudia Woolgar, Consultant and Creative Producer, Leeuwarden

13.00 Lunch concert Óró
After the seminar participants can enjoy lunch and Irish music at Konst O. Deli. Read more about the lunch concert here.


The seminar is organised in co-operation with the Irish Festival of Oulu.