Jonathan Ho followed the recent special edition of Ger Kellett’s ‘Artists Lounge’ broadcast on Near FM for Dublin’s Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood. PRESS PLAY is unearthing independent musical talent from the Dublin North West are`. Ger Kellett featured local performers and the PRESS PLAY team, including indie band The Innocents, from Santry and Cabra; Whitehall-based singer-songwriter, Jamie Noone, Gëmma Reilly, Ciara Lennon, Cale Smith, Amaron Beatbox, Rachael Mc Cormack and Finglas singer, Mark Maxwell.
The National Neighbourhood is a project with the core value of the public and cultural community working together, connecting Dubliners in significant ways on projects that are relevant to their expressed concerns. Each project has evolved from a series of conversations and are harnessing the appetites of particular groups for cultural engagement.It spans the Dublin City Council region, and brings together the Public Libraries, the area offices, the City Arts Office and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, in partnership with National Cultural Institutions (The Abbey Theatre, The National Museum of Ireland, The National Library of Ireland, The National Gallery of Ireland, The National Concert Hall, The Chester Beatty Library, The National Archives, The Irish Museum of Modern Art). These programmes focus on creating space for experimentation, modelling new partnerships and testing ways of working.0