Over a hundred people are involved in the making of the Ennis Street Arts Festival, and every one of these people are volunteers. Volunteer activities range from large commitments – such as being a member of the committee, planning, marketing and promotion, sponsorship, coordinating festival events, and developing different artistic ideas – to smaller commitments, such as helping to setup the different artistic projects.
The Festival Committee consists of dedicated volunteers who help to plan and organize the Ennis Street Festival.
The main Festival committee members are
ANA BELLA ALVAREZ
Ennis Street Festival is the brainchild of visual artist Ana Bella Alvarez. Since its inception and launch in 2006, Ana Bella has driven her vision to bring a vibrant arts programme to the streets of Ennis.
Ana Bella Alvarez, who has grown the festival through her passion and drive for the past seven years, will continue as Director of the Ennis Street Festival Committee. She is supported in this role by a group of dedicated individuals with diverse, but highly relevant, backgrounds. She has also played a strong role in mentoring youth groups in the county on artistic projects and has worked hard to raise the profile and understanding of the arts in its broadest sense, through the establishment of the Ennis Street Festival.
Arts Director & Graphic Designer
Ana Colomer, who holds a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, a H.Dip. and a Masters in Multimedia, runs arts and crafts classes for children and adults in her own studio. Among the activities she does are painting, clay modelling, animation, observational/manga drawing, puppetry, different seasonal crafts and graphic design classes. Ana Colomer is also a founding member of Tic Toc Puppets, a puppet company specialising in large puppets and community workshops. Tic Toc Puppets have worked with different local schools, other local youth organisations, and local community groups. Tic Toc Puppets performs and runs workshops in Glór every year during the festival.
During the last 8 years, Ana Colomer has been working hard to produce different projects as well as doing administrative work, and graphic and web design for the festival. She is the Ennis Street Festival’s Artistic Director and therefore coordinates all artistic activities and organises exhibitions and visual art activities.
TIARNAN Ó RUAIRC
Tiarnan Ó Ruairc is also a co-founder of Tic Toc Puppets. He works with Ana Colomer and together they always have brilliant artistic ideas at the Ennis Street Festival. Tiarnan has a background in building, so he is responsible for the structural engineering aspect of the big puppets and installations, making sure things are safe and stable before they are built and used. He also has a Diploma in Irish and his last venture consisted of workshops for adults and after-school classes for children, both as gaeilge. This was to try to stimulate the use of Irish in everyday activities.
Tiarnan is involved in an innovative Recycle Build project and is interested in the optimum use of recycled materials.
Tiarnan has worked on many projects for the Ennis Street Festival in the last seven years and he is the Artistic Coordinator of the Festival.
Geraldine is the production manager of the festival for the last five years and she also has many years experience in managing businesses around the town. She is a very enthusiastic person and plays a very important role with local sponsorship, and with festival fundraising events during the year.
Oonagh Herbert began working with the Ennis Street Arts Festival 6 years ago as an administrator. She has a number of years experience working with Community Development Projects and Non Profit Organisations; including the Clare Immigrant Support Centre and Caring for Carers Ireland, and she also has a Diploma in Social Enterprise and Community Development Practices from UCC; all knowledge which she is able to put to great use for the Ennis Street Arts Festival.
Lisa O’Brien has many years of experience working within the bar and restaurant industry in Ennis and holds various HACCP certificates, she also recently gained a Certificate in Event Management. She has always been interested in visual arts and has been studying various art and design subjects and methods for many years; academically and self taught. Lisa has been a volunteer with The Ennis Street Arts Festival for over 4 years, starting as a steward and after showing great leadership qualities moved to successfully managing the volunteers schedules for the last 3 years. In 2015 she joined the production team.
Administrator & Volunteer Coordinator
Carlos Zamora has been involved in organizing, promoting and developing the arts and music in the west of Ireland in recent years, at both a professional industry level and also amongst young people within the community. He has gained an acute understanding of international cultures and music through collaboration and promotion of foreign and national artists and groups. Carlos Zamora has been an invaluable collaborator with the Ennis Street Festival over the last number of years, providing music performances with Sambarrada, Armada Latina, DJing, and providing technical equipment, technical support, stage-managing roles, planning and is a great asset in encouraging the motivation of the festival volunteers. He is also very involved in the fundraising aspect of the festival.
Johnny Flynn is a local councillor. Johnny has been very enthusiastic about the Ennis Street Festival since the beginning. Johnny is the perfect legal adviser and always helps with everything concerning Ennis Town Council and Clare County Council issues. Johnny has a very rich knowledge of the history of Ennis and he is always developing great projects related to the history of Ennis.
Administrator & Volunteer Coordinator
Lorraine Lynch has 24 years experience of management in the retail sector. Lorraine has had no experience in the arts industry but she has been collaborating with the Ennis Street Festival for the past four years in many different areas, such as administration work, and volunteers coordinator. She is very professional and reliable, and can perform any task at any time. She also plays a very important role in securing local sponsorship. Two years ago Lorraine joined the committee and she has taken more responsibility for festival administrative work.