July 30th & 31st (Afternoons) Cathedral Square
Over the Saturday and Sunday of the Spraoi Festival weekend, the bright and colourful tents of CALMAST (The Centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science, and Technology) will be in residence at Cathedral Square, presenting some fantastic street theatre performances, as well as offering a rare opportunity for people of all ages to take part in workshops, demonstrations, and activities over the two days, for some hands-on experience to explore the excitement of science.
CALMAST works with Waterford City and County Council, groups, and schools to develop the Southeast, with Waterford as it’s Gateway City, as a Science Region. Established in 2013 at SETU, this ground-breaking organisation draws on staff, students, and resources from the university to achieve the vital, national goal of promotion STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths), and has reached hundreds of thousands of people with science supplements and publications, and at events.
The Four Nations Bursary Project and Spraoi N.E.S.T.
See individual artist sections for dates and times.
Spraoi N.E.S.T. is a programme run by the festival to nurture and encourage street artists with new and strong ideas. N.ES.T. artists are mentored at Spraoi Studios and their work is showcased at the festival and frequently then transfers to other festivals nationally and internationally.
Spraoi have once again partnered with the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network to bring you the N.E.S.T. (New Emerging Street Talent) 2022 featuring the artistic duet: Hands Down Circus.
This exchange programme will offer the chosen artists a two-week residency at Spraoi Studios with an experienced street arts mentor to practically test and interrogate their presentation ideas, as well as a three-day residency at Great Yarmouth in the U.K. Hand’s Down Circus will tour their N.E.S.T. work to the following festivals: Spraoi (Ireland), SURGE (Scotland), Out There (England) and Green Man (Wales).
Street Talk Seminar – Street Arts: Space and Place
Sunday July 31st, 10.00 a.m. – Garter Lane Arts Centre
Waterford Spraoi Festival, in collaboration with Waterford Cultural Quarter and ISACS, will host a conversation between European street arts specialists and professionals during this year’s festival. The theme is Street Arts: Space and Place. The event aims to share international knowledge and experiences of harnessing street arts to create a genuine sense of place amongst local communities. Waterford Cultural Quarter is an ideal location for the event which takes place at Garter Lane Arts Centre.
The session is hosted by Mike Ribalta, Fire Tàrrega (Festival), Catalonia, Spain.
Friday July 29th, 2.00 p.m. – Garter Lane Arts Centre
PITCH is a mentoring programme created by the ISACS network and Culture Ireland, in association with Spraoi Festival. It assists Irish street artists to ‘pitch’ their work to international festival directors and programmers and aims to have the work of Irish artists booked internationally.
PITCH is presented at Garter Lane Arts Centre on Friday July 2.00 p.m. (Irish Time). There will be a live audience and the event will subsequently be broadcast. For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) are bringing their second DELVE opportunity for 2022 to Waterford Spraoi.
DELVE: Discover, Explore, Learn, Visualise and Engage – aims to support artists to experience and be inspired by visiting a range of festivals and programmes throughout Ireland. We go, we see, we watch, we listen, we learn, we connect with art and art makers and we get inspired.
At Spraoi, two artists are invited to join Lucy Medlycott – Director of ISACS and experience Ireland’s premiere dedicated street arts and spectacle festival.