Friday 11th May

2pm: Launch of Project Cleansweep – Dara McGrath
Venue: Artlink, Fort Dunree, Inishowen
Welcome by festival director Paul McGuckin and exhibition tour with artist Dara McGrath.

4pm to 5.30pm: Suzanne Lacy – Artists & Creatives Workshop
Venue: Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny

6.30pm: Sean O’Hagan Talk
Venue: Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny
Illustrated talk by Sean O’Hagan, writer and critic, The Guardian & The Observer will consider photographic representations of borders.

Followed by: Reframing the Border Panel Discussion
Venue: Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny
Chaired by John Duncan, editor, Source Photographic Review, with Sean Hillen, Anthony Haughey, Kate Nolan, Dragana Jurisic and Sean O’Hagan.

Drinks reception 8.15pm – 9pm

Saturday 12th May
Reframing the Border Symposium
Venue: Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny

10.45am: Coffee and meet up
Welcome by Shaun Hannigan, Director, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.
Reframing the Border: exhibition tour with artists and curators.

11.30 to 12.45pm: Reframing the Border
How does the past to inform the future; precedent, protocols and the Irish Border?
Brenda Malone, National Museum of Ireland will chair a discussion with:
Dr. Peter Leary, academic and author, University College London,
Judith McCarthy, Curator, Donegal County Museum,
Dr. Conor Mulvagh, academic and author, University College Dublin.


1.30pm to 2.45pm: Arts Across borders
How do the arts respond to social and political challenges facing the border region?
How can the arts maintain and develop cross opportunities to meet the challenges created by Brexit?
Marie Louise Muir, arts presenter for BBC Ulster will chair a discussion with:
Eamonn Maxwell, independent curator & Collection Advisor,
Mary Cremin, Director VOID and curator of Irish representation at Venice Biennale. 2019,
Cian Smyth, Creative Programmer, board member Arts Council Northern Ireland.

2.45pm to 4pm: Reframing the Border – Creative Opportunities for the Future?
Opening address by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
Michael Tunney, Local Enterprise Office will chair a discussion with invited speakers:
Pauline White, Western Development Commission,
John Peto, Director of Education, Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry,
Derek O’Connor, Editor, RTE Culture Website.

Closing remarks 3.45– ends 4pm

Delegates invited to attend the official launch of The Lost Moment exhibition
7.00pm  Nerve Visual Centre, Ebrington, Derry/Londonderry

THE LOST MOMENT – Civil Rights, Street Protest and Resistance in Northern Ireland,
Exhibition looks anew at the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland fifty years on from the marches and peaceful protests that immediately preceded the Troubles. Curated by Sean O’Hagan, who writes on photography, art and culture for The Guardian and The Observer, the show places the Northern Irish civil rights struggle in the context of the many international street protests that made 1968 such a tumultuous year. Nerve Centre Derry and Gallery of Photography Ireland. Funded by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund (UK).

Sunday 13th May

12.30pm-1.30 Kinnegar Photo Competition
Venue: Kinnegar Brewery
Exhibition of shortlist of competition entries,
Jamie Wellford to announce winners,
Tour of Kinnegar 

2pm Jamie Wellford Talk
Venue: Regional Cultural Centre
Welcome by Joe McHugh TD Minister for State, Chief Whip & Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council. Ticketed event.
Jamie Wellford, Photo Editor of National Geographic Magazine (formerly Newsweek Magazine) will give an insight into the creative use of photography by this leading international magazine. National Geographic named Donegal as the coolest place on the planet for 2017. The National Geographic Traveller Cool List “reveals the culture capitals, hipster hotspots, wild escapes and places generally keeping it cool”.

End of festival & thanks