Festival Workshop Tour - Carrick-on-Shannon

14th September The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon 2pm-4pm
Echo Echo Festival's fourth all-island outreach programme and Artist Bursary scheme...

Festival Symposium image by Simon Alleyne

Festival Workshop Tour 2019

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company is interested in finding ways to develop engagement with artists in dance, movement and related disciplines, from all parts of Ireland. This is the fourth year that the company is offering a series of workshops outside its home base in Derry in partnership with dance venues and partners around the island.

Experienced dancers and artists in other fields, along with experienced non-professionals, are invited to join a free workshop with Steve Batts, Artistic Director, or Ayesha Mailey, Associate Artistic Director of Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company.

There will be a practical movement session and a short presentation on the work of Echo Echo and the concept of Poetic Movement.  The workshop will include an outline of ways to engage with and collaborate with Echo Echo including an introduction to their Artist-in-Residence programme, an explanation of opportunities for proposing work for the annual Echo Echo Festival, and an outline of other possibilities for developing collaboration, performances, research and workshops at Echo Echo Studios in Derry.

To book a place please contact Echo Echo at contact details below or simply come along on the day.

Echo Echo Festival Bursaries

Workshop participants may apply for one of a number of bursaries Echo Echo is offering to participate in the seventh edition of Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement which takes place in Derry from 5th – 16th November 2019. The bursary types available and the simple application process will be described at the workshop.

Artist bursaries are open to artists working in any discipline with an interest in dance and movement.

Twenty artists from around the island have been supported with bursaries to attend Echo Echo Festival from 2016-2018.

Workshop Programme 2019

  • Thursday 5th September 1pm-4pm | DanceHouse, Dublin
  • Friday 6th September 3pm-6pm | Galway Rowing Club
  • Saturday 7th September 2pm-4pm | Siamsa Tire, Tralee
  • Sunday 8th September 2pm-4pm | Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
  • Sunday 8th September 4pm-4.30pm | Firkin Crane, Cork (information session after Contact Improvisation workshop)
  • Saturday 14th September 2pm-4pm | The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon

With thanks to Dance Ireland, Dance Resource Base NI, Galway Dance Project and all of the partner venues and staff for their support.


A look back at the 2018 programme...

Third year of Echo Echo Festival outreach and bursary programme… [Blog Post]  


 My time at the Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement has been a most informative one. Having come from Dublin, the dance centre of Ireland, I noted a lower attendance by professionals and dance students to the festival. However, as Northern Ireland’s only specific dance festival, this event is hugely significant for the arts in the North. The persistence and hard work of the Echo Echo team is to be commended and their communication was prompt. Friendly and inclusive, the events attracted all ages and expertise, from young children to professionals all seeking to broaden their movement understanding. While some shows were easily accessible and entertaining, other works supported required a deep investment on behalf of the audience which really pushes the diversity of dance in Northern Ireland - to my surprise. There was a strong community feel within this intimate festival which is a credit to Echo Echo’s practice of inviting others to move and be moved.  Festival Bursary recipient 2018

 Was very nice to attend Steve Batts’s workshop in Dublin last week, and this support for dancer to attend the Echo Echo Festival is a great initiative.  Festival Bursary recipient 2018

 The workshop in Belfast was incredible and I really admire your work and your energy! Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity.  Festival Bursary recipient 2018

 The festival definitely impacted my artistic development, especially the symposium that we had in the Echo Echo studio. Hearing about all the challenges, solutions, and ideas from other artists really helped me feel a bit validated and was really important for my growth as an artist. It was inspiring to listen to people talk about following their passion for making art, and how difficult it can be.  Festival Bursary recipient 2018

Contact Us

Any further queries and to book your places please contact Mr Ailbe Beirne, Echo Echo Company Manager, on 02871308883 (from NI) / 04871308883 (form ROI) or email info@echoechodance.com.


All-Ireland Workshop Programme and Artist Bursaries kindly supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht ‘2019 Co-operation with Northern Ireland’ funding scheme. Echo Echo Festival is supported by ACNI and Derry Strabane Council.


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