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The National Neighbourhood goes to College

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The National Neighbourhood on Dublin’s Southside (Ballyfermot, Bluebell, Crumlin, Inchicore, Walkinstown, St James) has been focused on melodies and songs. Sounds are being sung in our Monday morning choir in St James; transformed into a new choral premiere in Hollybrook Lodge; rocked into a band night at The Walk; and composed into lullabies at Kylemore Community College.

Dublin’s Culture Connects, along with our artist and community colleagues in the National Neighbourhood, are bringing our experiences to HeadSpace2018, a two-day conference on creative aging at Trinity College Dublin on March 2nd and 3rd.

HeadSpace2018 is based on growing understanding in science that people’s health is hugely affected by the “health” of the places we live in, and our sense of belonging and connectedness. This is true regardless of age or where we find ourselves in our lives: in fact where and how we live sometimes makes us old before our time.

We think the best way to share our stories is to show people, not tell them. So at HeadSpace2018, we’ll present a showcase of some National Neighbourhood work in progress. This will include artist Sean Millar and Bluebell Youth and Community Centre presenting songs grown from conversations at their Breakfast Club; Kylemore Community College lulling us with newly-written lullabies, and musician Robbie Blake and the National Doctors Choir performing the premiere of Hollybrook Lodge’s choral piece developed with residents, staff and carers, surrounded by lanterns made by those residents with artist Tom Meskell.

Also on Saturday, alongside scientists presenting the results of their investigations into the relationships between health and space, Dominic – a National Neighbourhood Project Manager – and Iseult – Director at Dublin’s Culture Connects – will be talking about the how and the why of creativity, wellbeing and cultural connection.

If you want to attend, or to know more about the two days, details can be found here

With the National Neighbourhood, we want every neighbourhood to know and “own” their city’s cultural resources so we build cultural projects in community settings. We connect artists, groups and villages with libraries, museums and creative places to deepen their understanding of each other and themselves.

The National Neighbourhood spans the Dublin City Council region, and brings together Dublin City Council’s City Library & Archive, 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 and The Irish Museum of Modern Art).




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