Datapac, Ireland’s leading ICT services & solutions provider, isdelighted to announce that Wexford Festival Opera has been recognised in the 2022 Business to Arts Awards, winning the Judge’s Special Recognition Award.
As one of several organisations which supports the Festival, including Danone, Ecclesiastical, Arachas Corporate Brokers Ltd and PwC, Datapac is proud to have contributed its technology and services as the Festival’s longstanding official IT Partner.
Datapac has been a long-term valued supporter of Wexford Festival Opera and the National Opera House for over a decade. This strong relationship has witnessed many milestones for the cultural icon of the South-East, including essential support provided during the building of the current National Opera House, which opened its doors in 2008.
Ongoing support from Datapac has ensured that the world-class venue, home of the internationally acclaimed Wexford Festival Opera, always has a best-of-breed IT ecosystem fit to live up to the Festival’s legacy.
In 2021, Datapac extended its support to the Festival through partnering with their new outreach programme Synapses. The programme used the power of technology to rebuild connections between the Festival and communities of nursing home residents throughout Wexford. Many of the residents have been lifelong supporters of the Festival yet have been unable to experience its wonders in recent years because of the pandemic. With Datapac’s support – financially, technologically and in-kind – the Festival was able to produce a highlights documentary of the 2021 festival, which was screened in nursing homes throughout the summer, helping to bring a little bit of opera magic to some of Wexford’s valued communities.
Dan Kickham, Chairman, Datapac, said: “As longstanding official IT Partner, Datapac is delighted to see the Festival’s outstanding achievements recognised in this year’s Business to Arts Awards. The Festival continues to be a cultural mainstay of Wexford, and indeed, of the South East, and the value brought to the artistic heritage of the region is immeasurable. Supporting and enriching the wider community has always been a core guiding ethos of the Festival, as witnessed this year in the wonderful Synapses outreach programme which Datapac supported.”
Randall Shannon, Executive Director, Wexford Festival Opera, said: “We’re delighted to have won the Judge’s Special Recognition Award at this year’s Business to Arts Awards. Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we can continue to bring world-class experiences to Wexford year after year. This past year, with the valued support of Datapac, we were able to bring the opera to our community in new ways, making meaningful connections with all of our audiences.”
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