Closing date: 08 July @ 12noon

The following is a Tender Specification for the award to the successful party a Service Contract for the  Artistic Direction and General Management of the You Can Dance Festival in the Arklow area for 2014.  The management body for this programme is Wicklow County Arts Office Wicklow County Council in partnership with Wicklow Local Sports Partnership.

The You Can Dance Festival has previously taken place in North Wicklow for two years and Arklow in 2013.  It has involved a number of professional dancers across a number of dance styles facilitating a fully participatory programme for young people in Wicklow both in and out of school contexts, free of charge.  It is run by Wicklow County Arts Office and Wicklow Local Sports Partnership as a joint initiative in relation to the synergies between dance, movement, creativity and general physical well-being.

Previous ensembles and dancers have included Dance Theatre of Ireland, CoisCéim, Niamh Condron and Kathleen Kelly and Myriad Dance.  The approach to both the programming and the delivery of the Festival for 2014 is open to the suggestion of the appointed tender party.  The main facets of the programme are that it works with young people in both a performative and collaborative way, facilitating their engagement with creative practitioners and the artform of dance.  This year the Festival would potentially also aim to create partnerships with local youth groups.  It is of particular interest to the local authority to develop the artistic direction and approach to the engagement of dance practitioners for 2014.   Fees may also include the development / choreography of new dance work for children / young people as part of the presentation of this Festival.

In general the majority of workshops/performances happen in a schools context with the involvement in 2013 of 250 children.  Other aspects of the Festival in previous years have included primary teacher dance development workshops, secondary school workshops, bursaries for young emerging dance practitioners, street and indoor performances for young people.

The services required as a result of this tender process are for the successful party to devise, develop and engage dancers/dance ensembles to deliver the programme on behalf of and in consultation with Wicklow County Council.

For further details, information on the application process and contact details, download the detailed document below.