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The National Neighbourhood In Numbers – Animating the City

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The National Neighbourhood project lit the City and connected Dubliners to their communities, and artists to cultural institutions from September 2016 to April 2017, creating excitement and engaging people.

We’re delighted to report that 8 core initiatives saw :

86 community groups work with 53 artists across the 5 administrative areas
• supported by 50 other creatives and cultural administrators
1,064 individuals aged 5-85 participated in activities across 29 Dublin villages
• This included 300 workshops in their areas and 92 visits to our National Cultural Institutions
• As part of the outputs of the projects, 3,100 wider members of the public attended 10 events at National Cultural Institutions, as well as 39 events in local neighbourhoods, cultural institutions and public libraries where audience figure could not be gathered
• We communicated to over 11,000 people through our social media and newsletter each month

Those 1,000 participants surprised and delighted us by joining in.

It might have been tours of The National Museum of Ireland as part of Culture Club, or telling stories about their area at The Pembroke Library; but others wrote a musical, composed an anthem for their area, made a film, created a haka, or made morse code messages to tell another group all about their culture. Some wrote a monologue or performed on the stage of The Abbey Theatre; women from The Islamic Foundation spent countless hours and many thousands of stitches to create a beautiful batik that hangs in The Chester Beatty Library. Others researched their family history at The National Archives, or created a poem as a group about their area. Stories from across the city were told through every kind of artform – we even had a cabaret on a bus!

Media Coverage of Dublin City Council’s initiative Dublin’s Culture Connects between September 2016 and April 2017 :
Print – Local 29
Print – National 10
Radio – Local 3
Radio – National 7
Online 30
Online – radio 1
Television – National 3

TOTAL 83

Over 80 articles and features on Dublin’s Culture Connects have appeared in the media, across local and national print, local and national radio, television and in blogs. Here are some of our favourites which have appeared most recently:

The Irish Times : Interview with City Manager on Culture in Dublin
The Irish TimesThe Women’s Podcast  Episode 105 – discussion on projects across North West and South Central
The Irish Independent Magazine – South Central’s (Y)our Story
RTÉ2 Television : News2Day : South Central’s The Passion Project
Newstalk FM – connecting neighbourhoods call to action. 13 April Broadcast. Scroll across to half way across the screen approx
RTÉ Radio 1Morning Ireland – 7 April piece on The Passion Project in South Central
The Irish Times : Weekend Supplement – Full page preview of The Passion Project in South Central
Exeunt Magazine – Review of The Passion Project in South Central
Near FM : Cllr Andrew Keegan on North West’s The School of Identity Museum 
NewsFour : Harry Bradshaw on the ALIGHT! Mystery History Tour
Southside People : South Central’s The Passion Project 
Northside People : North West’s School of Identity Museum
The Echo : Glen Hansard’s visit to Labre Park
The Echo : South Central’s The Passion Project
Thejournal.ie : South Central’s The Passion Project

Have you hooked up with us on Social Media yet? We’re delighted to have over 6,200 followers on Facebook; 3.500 on Twitter; and 1,400 on Instagram. Join the conversation!

Thank you to everyone who danced, sang, told stories, drew or painted, made maps, researched, rode horses, wrote poems, plays or songs – and thank you to the brave souls who stood up and performed, who put a claim on what culture or ethnicity means to them.

Why not join in and be part of the next series of conversations? Contact us if you’d like to be part of one of our Tea & Chats sessions, or join a future Culture Club.

Cover image : Audience members at The Passion Project performance on Saturday 8 April 2017 at Cherry Orchard Equine Centre. Image by Marc O’Sullivan

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