#EURegionsWeek - EU literary tourism: untapped potential

Date Location Organiser
15 Oct 2020 Online ICBAN

The session will begin with a description of the EU Interreg NPA funded Spot-Lit Project and how it is breaking new ground in this new and emerging cultural sector. This will be followed by short presentations from the project regions highlighting the untapped potential of literary tourism in the EU and the various ways in which literary tourism businesses have been supported through the project to cooperate and collaborate, in spite of the various challenges of Brexit and the global pandemic.

Literary Tourism businesses participating in the Spot-Lit Project operate in the context of four thematic areas of exploration: How LT can engage with children and young people in Scotland, building an LT destination for untapped assets in N. Ireland, making use of digital technology in Finland and harnessing the power of performance art in the West of Ireland. Q & As will proceed with three LT experts from the project regions who will answer questions based on how cohesion and cooperation has manifested itself through the project - between partners, regions and the LT businesses. The session will conclude with a summing up from the Lead Partner organisation of the Spot-Lit Project who will guide and facilitate any further questions and discussions.

Andy Hallewell, Innovation Officer, ICBAN, United Kingdom.

Liam Browne, Artistic Director, Arts over Borders, United Kingdom.
Sean Doran, Artistic Director, Arts over Borders, United Kingdom.
Mary Keaveney, Project Officer, WDC, Ireland.
Minna Komulainen, Project Manager, Regional Council of Kainuu, Finland.
Minna Mustonen, Project Officer, Regional Council of Kainuu, Finland.
Karen Sweeney, Regional Communications Executive, Western Development Commission, Ireland.
Adrian Turpin, Artistic Director, Wigtown Festival Company, United Kingdom.