Building a better world bit by bit, day by day.
The Non Prophet Organisation and the Non Prophet Community Festivals, celebrating cultural diversity, aim to transform the latent potentiality of entertainment practices as a means of socio ecological engagement. Through collaborative performances between artists and ‘everyday experts’: ‘professionals of a theatre of the real world’, sharing in the creative process we hope to create a sense of inclusivity for everybody!
Our productions and performances as socio-ecological practice seek to transform our concept of cultural entertainment particularly in natural, rural settings.
The reason being the rural community is a microcosm reflecting our global macrocosm: What we’re proposing is to some extent a revolution to the origins of theatrical entertainment in Greek Dionysian festivals where the local community played an active role in celebrating the seasonal life-cycle.
In this digital age with the possibility of streaming events live and multi-media entertainment practices there is a window of opportunity to transform our cultural ethos in a community context to address social and environmental issues in an alternative way.
We will also promote tourism in our relatively un-spoilt countryside and along our Atlantic coastline. It’s important that we preserve this image of Ireland with the support of Bord Failte, Culture Ireland and local governing bodies. And we can do so by communities and counties linking up rather than compete by creating a festival circuit so performers and tourists alike can come with their families for a period of time to travel along the wild Atlantic way combining work and play.
The performers involved will work with locals to showcase their productions and create participatory workshops and performance pieces to interact with local artists and artisans.
With mentoring and funding forthcoming from the European Cultural Foundation, CINEW, Local Enterprise boards, Arts councils, etc working with local and international organizations such as IETM, AOIFE & EFA we wish to create a performance pilgrimage so to speak, that celebrates our natural environment.
Artist residencies need to be created along the way, maintained and made available by the local community and advertised internationally. As well as practicing social ecology we will be motivating health and well being by creating events in quite country dwellings in a stress free environment. Local Artists and Artisans will be able to exhibit their work and interact with locals and visitors and share their expertise in diverse areas.
Having different local community groups as well as professional and amateurs working and performing, as well as volunteers and enthusiasts coming together for these festival productions will help create a sense of inclusivity and a collective audience.
The Non Prophet Organisation is already working and being mentored by members of various international organizations such as IETM performance network and working locally with community organizations such as The Men’s Shed, Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, Parkinson’s’ Mayo, Foroige, and with the Mayo Arts Office. We are also working with local businesses and public venue representatives such as Clare lake-Committee, Claremorris Chamber of Commerce, Claremorris Men’s Shed, Claremorris Library, Family Resource Centre, Claremorris film Society and a local councillor working within the HSE. We have a number of projects we hope to develop with the aid of associations like CREATE to work towards creating disability inclusion theatre to create with the able-bodied and disabled alike.
We’re currently being funded by CREATE to do research and development on creating a documentary theatre project on living with Parkinson’s.
Through local radio and the audio-visual sector of our organization, we’re going to stream events live, setting up outdoor screens in pedestrian areas such as parks and town squares, in hospitals and old folks home so they can share in the performances and our educational entertainment.
In many respects our organization and festivals are open-air forums engaging with everyday experts and promoting active audience participation that is beneficial to socio-economic growth of our global community in a more sustainable way:
Through documentaries, debates, panels and Q&As, academic and everyday experts from home and abroad we will attract humanities students as well as scientific fields and people from all walks of life.
We have envisaged performance projects with national and international organizations that share our environmental ethos. Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival, Donegal, Green Room International in Cork are also working in a rural community context. As well Il Giardino Delle Esperidi Festival in Italy, Other Spaces in Finland and el festival de Alegria in Morocco.
Socio-economic benefit and support and benefit in kind can come in many ways, from a church gate collection, charitable donations at events and fundit campaigns with free rehearsal space and venues provided by community halls, galleries, public parks and libraries as well pubs and restaurants, etc. Creative thinking can go along way to making this a self-sustaining community festival with adequate funding from our representative governing bodies.
Local hostels and hotels will gain from allowing events to take place in their spaces also by offering attractive pricing packages to promote festivals and providing performance spaces.
This is a brief synopsis of our ideas about promoting the arts in Ireland through outdoor entertainment and education, disability inclusion theatre and documentary. Our plans over the next few years is to begin to implement these projects in more concrete terms and to produce live performances and documentaries about physical and psychological disabilities to disseminate at various venues and events organized by The Non Prophet Organisation in collaboration with the other bodies who share our ethos and concerns about our cultural environment.
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