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Five new recruits have joined Dublin’s Culture Connects’ team for The National Neighbourhood 2017. The Project Managers will be out unearthing gems of knowledge, culture and stories across the Dublin City Council region, connecting Dubliners to their local Public Libraries & Archive, Area Offices, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and National Cultural Institutions. These include;  The Abbey TheatreThe National Concert Hall, The National Gallery of Ireland, the National Archives of Ireland, The National Library of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, The National Museum of Ireland, The Irish Museum of Modern Art and The Chester Beatty Library.

A new series of projects will evolve from conversations currently taking place across Dublin through our Tea & Chats, Culture Club and Engage the City programmes. Discover what our Project Managers are looking forward to over the next few months…

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Dominic Campbell, Project Manager, South Central area

Dominic Campbell, Project Manager, South Central area:

101 years after the Dubs of 1916 shaped the culture they wanted in dramatic fashion I’m starting work alongside today’s citizens exploring how we make the world we want to live in. Which is where I come in. I’m about to go searching for treasure, to seek nuggets of good stuff, off to swap notions with the good people of Dublin South Central, which is Dublin City Council’s name for the area from Woodquay along the Liffey to Chapelizod, down through Ballyfermot, Cherry Orchard, over to Walkinstown and Kimmage and back up along the Coombe so it embraces Crumlin and Drimnagh and Kilmainham and all those fine places. Together we’ve a couple of months to work out what we might do or what we might begin. Could be small or big. It might be quiet and personal or you could be singing from the rooftops. Don’t know yet, which is exciting. It’s like the first day of a trip somewhere you’ve never been, worrisome with a grin, butterflies in the belly and brass bands in the ears. I’ve a toolkit of ways to help work it out, I’ve done stuff like this before, I’m fairly good at navigating adventures and making stuff happen, and if I can’t I know someone who can. There’s 144,660 people in South Central and one of me. Hope you’re up for it.

Read Dominic’s blog on ‘What Culture Means to Me’ HERE

Project Manager, Laura Larkin, oversees the performance on day 2, as Roxanna Nic Liam, plays The Messenger at Ballyfermot Church. Image by Sonia Zhao
Project Manager, Laura Larkin, oversees the performance on day 2, as Roxanna Nic Liam, plays The Messenger at Ballyfermot Church. Image by Sonia Redmond Zhao

Laura Larkin, Project Manager, North Central area:

This will be my second time managing a project with Dublin’s Culture Connects. I was lucky enough to have the chance to take on the beast that was the Passion Project, where on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of April, Cherry Orchard and Ballyfermot became a giant stage. Hundreds of local singers, actors, dancers and musicians came together to create a vibrant, modern, non-religious version of The Passion as part of The National Neighbourhood. I am very much looking forward to working on the next project which will be based in the North Central area of Dublin. I’m interested in getting to know this area of Dublin better, discovering what is needed there in a cultural sense. I have already begun the journey, talking to the locals and visiting resources in some of the areas. This area is vast and diverse, beginning in Drumcondra, stretching right up to Belcamp and out to Bull Island. It is a part of Dublin that is full of history and includes a beautiful landscape. I can’t wait to see where the journey with the National Library of Ireland and The Hugh Lane Gallery takes us…

Read Laura’s blog on ‘What Culture Means to Me’ HERE

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Brian Fleming out exploring Tolka Park

Brian Fleming, Project Manager, North West area:

I am delighted to be working with Dublin’s Culture Connects, first of all because all the Neighbourhood Projects begin with the people who live in Dublin and with their interests and ideas as the starting point. Secondly, it’s a rare opportunity to be part of a great team who really know their jobs and are properly supported and resourced. Participatory arts in Dublin has come a long way since my first introduction to the pioneers at the Big Bang Festival in 1994 and it’s great to feel a part of that evolution. Thirdly and most importantly, it’s a great opportunity for me to reconnect with my own city and especially with the North West, which is my designated area. Being a Southsider by birth, I am having a great time out on my bike, getting to know the area and its hidden treasures and stories. I’ve been busy discovering the heartland of Dublin GAA, Broome Bridge, the birthplace of Aslan, Tolka Valley Park, the best chips in Dublin (Macari’s on Glasnevin Ave) and singing ‘The Maid of Cabra West’ in Cabra West. I also get the best venues in the city to work with The National Museum of Ireland. The entire history of Ireland can be our stage and inspiration. Something GUBU (grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented) has to happen in the Dead Zoo!

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The Snug Women Group with Councillor Rebecca Moynihan and Bernadette Larkin at a visit of the Lational Library of Ireland. Image: Jeanette Lowe

Bernadette Larkin, Project Manager, South East area:

Working with The National Neighbourhood Project in the South East area feels like coming home. This is where I grew up and have lived for most of my life. Walking the streets, the memories come flooding back. I am full of anticipation about Kevin St Library re-opening- this is where I spent many happy hours as a child. Working with the The National Gallery and The National Archives and their neighbours in this area opens up endless possibilities for new insights into one of Dublin’s oldest communities. Similar to Laura, I too was involved in the National Neighbourhood 2016-17. As Project Manager of Around the Table, I had the opportunity to work on a project tracing the passage of food from the docks to the markets and from our streets to our tables. But the next chapter with the South East area is still full of the unknown – yet to be written – and I look forward to the challenge of leaving our mark.

Read Bernadette’s blog on ‘What Culture Means to Me’ HERE

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Linda Devlin, Project Manager Central area

Linda Devlin, Project Manager, Central area:

I’m new to the Dublin’s Culture Connects team and am still pinching myself that I’m Cultural Project Manager for the Central area! It’s such a richly diverse area, all packed into a relatively small geographic space. As a Dubliner, coming from a long line of Dubliners, I love ‘old Dublin’, its stories and traditions. But it’s the influx of new people, ideas, and culture that keeps a city alive and this is what excites me most about the Central area. I’m looking forward to tapping into the creative energy that is invariably at work just underneath the surface – and to being surprised at the how/when/where as this is revealed and how it comes to life. There’s tremendous growth in that process and it really is a privilege to get to play some sort of role in that. I’m also delighted to be working with two incredible national cultural institutions, the Abbey Theatre and the National Concert Hall. I think what they can offer the community and what the community can offer them, will see a truly unique and rousing project make its mark on the cultural blueprint of the city.

Read Linda’s blog on ‘What Culture Means to Me’ HERE

The National Neighbourhood 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, 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.

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