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Two of Ireland’s leading contributors to developing the creative industry sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT) and Wexford Festival Opera have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT). Yesterday’s signing (Wednesday, February 6) of the Memorandum of Understanding was in the company of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD.
This formal agreement signifies the implementation and development of exciting new substantive educational and artistic collaborations between the two parties that sets out areas of partnership focusing on the establishment of an internship programme during the annual Wexford Festival Opera. Following today’s agreement, IADT students will have an opportunity for gaining practical and observational firsthand experience in the areas of stage craft such as; makeup, prosthetics and wigs; costume and dressing; stage technician; properties, lighting and sound; and audio visual.
Speaking at the event, President of Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dr Annie Doona said, “This announcement marks the beginning of a new exciting relationship between two vibrant contributors to Ireland’s creative industries; the magnificent and inspiring Wexford Festival Opera and IADT. The signing will enable our students to work with Wexford Festival Opera and expedite their careers to making a real contribution as the designers, craftspeople and technicians shaping the future of opera production in Ireland.”
Ger Lawlor, Chairman of Wexford Festival Opera went on to say, “For 62 years Wexford has been recognised as presenting opera to the highest international standards and for providing a springboard for young arts practitioners at the beginning of their careers. This collaboration with IADT will expose their students to technical, visual and musical excellence, working side by side with some of the most talented and well respected artists in the industry, giving them a comprehensive insight and practical experience in the building, staging and presentation of high-quality large and small scale operatic productions.”