Saturday 23rd Nov 2013

6pm – 8.30pm

Trailblaze – Living on the Edge

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the centre.

Kurt Vonnegut

The next installment from The Trailblazery is called Living on the Edge.

This journey explores living on the thresholds of an ever – changing world as individuals and communities. We are navigating the human experience and life at the frontier by traveling to places situated on the periphery and connecting with people who are shaped by these environments.

The Trailblazery team is travelling to Ennis as part of the Ennis Festival of Light. We have invited 8 people to explore the edge of their inner inquiry and outer contribution to the world. Each person will share their own living experience, their intrinsic connection to the place of Co. Clare and the home that this celebrated region might occupy in a bigger global conversation.

This nomadic tour is an invitation to participate in new conversations about people, place and possibility. Human Geography focuses on patterns and processes that shape human interaction with the built and natural environments. This is an experimental human geography project bringing the interior and exterior landscapes of our past and present in to light. We hope to investigate the influence of specific eco-systems and ego-systems on our lives today. Our vision is to join dots, redraw maps and connect new pathways by moving out to the edge to look at the centre.

We have been hosting Trailblaze experiences since October 2011 We have just completed a large – scale social project called Rites of Passage in Dublin as part of The Dublin Fringe Festival with over 50 participants from Ireland, Iceland, Greece, Australia, Canada, Serbia, Britain and the US. We also hosted musicians, performers, poets and a bespoke choir producing a special Music Education Project with 101 children from St. Brigid’s National School in Killester. We have taken The Trailblazery on tour around Ireland, inhabiting abandoned buildings, historic landmark venues, courthouses, churches, fields and forgotten spaces. We have made magical collaborations with festivals such as Galway Arts Festival, Body and Soul, Cork Midsummer Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival. We feel it is vitally important to highlight the stories and spirit of trailblazers who are challenging and evolving our current narratives, on an individual, national and global level. We think it is time to rock the boat, turn the tide, step up and participate in creating the type of society we want to live in.

Speakers include: Mick O’ Dea {Artist}, Ciana Campbell {The Ennis Bookclub Festival}, Patrick McCormack {Story Teller & Rural Philosopher}, Birgitta Curtin {Burren Smokehouse}, Manchán Magan {Writer Documentary – Maker} Orla Vaughan {Kilfenora Hostel}, Archie Simpson {Vocal Coach, Choir Director} Luka Bloom {Singer/ Songwriter} and the Lismorahaun Singers with more special guests to be announced…..