Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive at the biggest performing arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe, will talk about her belief that individual and collective creativity and exposure to creative experiences can make the world a better place.
Shona McCarthy was born in Northern Ireland in 1968, the year that the violent conflict known as the Troubles started. She developed an interest in, and love of, creativity and art at a young age. Music, books and films quickly became more than just entertainment, they provided a space where she could look at things from different perspectives, be part of an alternate identity and develop understanding and empathy for others.
She has spent thirty years at the Head of major cultural projects. She was the Director of Derry-Londonderry’s year as the first UK City of Culture. A year long, city-wide, transformational year of cultural activity, whose legacy was to bring divided communities closer together.
She is now Chief Executive at the biggest performing arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe, which last year had sixty-two countries participating in over 50,000 performances of over 3,500 shows in 300 venues. She will illustrate how creative experiences can make the world a better place through her lived experience from Derry and Belfast to Edinburgh.
The lecture is a part of the series “Theories and practices of cultural leadership” organized by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art together with the Cultural and Education section of the British Embassy in Moscow.