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Lasta at glór: Creatives & Careers – All the things your school guidance counselor left out


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LASTA – A National Arts Programme for young people by young people │  June 11 to 20 2021

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators have been engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11 to 20 June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

A panel discussion with five professionals working in the arts today, whose creative passions have paved their respective paths towards a diverse range of exciting careers. Led by two young curators, they will discuss their professional journeys, the challenges they’ve faced and valuable insights for aspiring young creatives. Sitting on the panel, we have RTÉ’s North East correspondent and Longford native Sinead Hussey, film-maker and co-founder of Collective Films Mark Logan, photographer Ruth Medjber, production manager and co-ordinator Molly McAvoy and set designer Jamie Vartan.

About the Panelists: 

Sinead Hussey is RTÉ’s North East Correspondent, covering Louth, Monaghan, Meath and Cavan. The Longford native has worked as a multimedia journalist at the broadcaster since 2011. She previously worked at Newstalk, LMFM and Shannonside Radio.

Mark Logan is the co-founder of Collective Films, Audio Department Records and Universal Space. He makes documentary films, music, aligned brand films and music videos. He’s passionate about using storytelling to create a more compassionate world.

Ruth Medjber is a Dublin-born and globally based photographer. Most recently, she documented Arcade Fire on their tour of the UK and Europe, as well as covering the Glastonbury Festival for the BBC. She has a long-term project Women of Notes, which celebrates inspiring women in the Irish music industry in a bid to create a gender balance in music. In 2020, she began taking portraits of people at home through their windows in a series titled ‘Twilight Together’.

Molly McAvoy is a Production Manager and Co-ordinator who has worked across theatre, film and most recently, live events. She specialises in directing the technical production of large scale private and public events, and has spent the last 2 years in New York, working on some of the city’s most high profile events, including the New York City Marathon, The Met Gala Afterparty and the Alexander Wang Collection 1 2020 Fashion Show.

Jamie Vartan has worked extensively as a designer in theatre, opera and dance. He has designed for the plays of Enda Walsh on a number of occasions, including Misterman and Ballyturk. He has designed productions at the Abbey Theatre and for Blue Raincoat, Sligo. He has numerous credits designing for opera across Europe and for dance with choreographer Darshan Singh Buller.

This event is presented in association with Backstage Theatre, Longford and Townhall Theatre, Galway.

The participating NASC Network Venues are Backstage (Longford), An Grianán (Letterkenny), glór (Ennis), Siamsa Tíre (Tralee), Pavilion Theatre (Dún Laoghaire), Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick), Dunamaise Arts Centre (Port Laoise), Town Hall Theatre (Galway).

Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

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