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ALIGHT! the book

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ALIGHT! is about ACCESS – promoting, developing and improving cultural and social access. An inclusive participation project led by CoisCéim BROADREACH, it aimed to inspire and connect the South East Dublin communities of Sandymount, Ringsend, Irishtown and Pearse Street to their National Cultural Institutions in a lasting and meaningful way in.

Co-ordinated by Dublin’s Culture Connects in partnership with The National Gallery of Ireland and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, the activities and events in 2016 and 2017 were developed by the participants under the mentorship of professional artists, resulting in a series of creative responses celebrating the natural choreography of daily life. Spanning all art forms, there was something for everyone as dance, design, drama, light, art, music and film collided on and around the ORANGE double decker bus!

We have been thrilled to see ALIGHT! create connections across Sandymount, Ringsend, Irishtown and Pearse Street. From animation workshops, storytelling, tea dances and a cabaret – the big ORANGE double decker bus has helped create great fun and wonderful memories for the area. We hope that this book and the great images and stories therein are treasured for years to come. Iseult Byrne, Director, Dublin’s Culture Connects

We’re delighted to see the big ORANGE bus again in this beautifully illustrated book. Join us for the launch of ‘ALIGHT! the book’ on Thursday 14th September at The Vintage Inn in Irishtown, Dublin 4. There will be short performances by the artists and participants of the project! Take a peek at some of the images created by community groups with artist Vanessa Daws to decorate the bus, including children from St Patrick’s National School, Ringsend and young people from St. Andrew’s Resource Centre. Or read some of the tales discovered along the way from the project; shared over a cuppa in libraries; trips on the bus; tea dances or at the Mystery History Cabaret. We’re sure those brightly coloured geese would have some stories of their own…

Download the pdf version here: ALIGHT! the Book

Or see for yourself what we got up to by checking out our short video with some highlights of The National Neighbourhood : ALIGHT!

Discover more about the ALIGHT! project HERE. An inclusive participation project, ALIGHT! aimed to inspire and connect communities and their national institutions in a lasting and meaningful way.

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