Trojan Horse

Arts Over Borders

In 2017, Nerve Centre worked with Arts Over Borders to produce cross-border cultural festivals celebrating the legacies of Brian Friel and Samuel Beckett.

Managing and marketing all events, the Brian Friel International Festival took place over five days between Derry~Londonderry and Donegal, with music, theatre, readings and outdoor events looking back on the playwright's life and work. The returning Happy Days International Beckett Festival followed in Enniskillen.

Nerve Centre realised the artistic vision for both festivals, which included building a giant Trojan Horse to stand in Derry's Guildhall Square, symbolising Friel's relationship with ancient Greek literature. We also delivered Adrian Dunbar's site-specific adaptation of The Odyssey on five beaches around Donegal.

The Happy Days Festival featured Dunbar’s production of Beckett's Ohio Impromptu on Devenish Island, as well as boat journeys to other locations on Lough Erne where festival artists performed readings.

We facilitated and organised events for both festivals in a wide range of unconventional locations, and attracted healthy audiences to the programmes through our marketing which together gave Arts Over Borders a strong platform to continue building on.