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The National Neighbourhood: The Second Wave

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We were thrilled to launch the second wave of our highly successful programme, The National Neighbourhood, on October 23rd in City Hall. Our beautiful venue for the night allowed us to bring together friends old and new as we celebrated a year of creativity, connections and laughter and looked ahead to another year.

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Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha, Cllr. Vincent Jackson and Iseult Byrne, Dublin’s Culture Connects at launch. Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Last year, through The National Neighbourhood programme, we worked with more than 1,000 residents and 86 groups from 29 neighbourhoods across the city to make cultural projects. Dubliners worked collaboratively with artists and the National Cultural Institutions on cultural projects that reflect the concerns and ambitions of their communities. The programme brought together Dublin City Council arts, cultural and community resources in partnership with all eight National Cultural Institutions located in Dublin – 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.
Need a refresher on what we got up to over the last 12 months? Take a look here:

And now to the future!
We were truly honoured on the night to be joined by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha as he officially launched the second series of the project.

Commenting, Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha said: “The National Neighbourhood addresses a key aim of Dublin City Council. We want every neighbourhood to know and ‘own’ their city’s cultural resources. The National Neighbourhood is all about building projects in community settings – to connect villages and their communities and groups to libraries, museums, creative places and to artists. This programme enables people to make and take part in culture, working together to deepen their understanding of their city, their communities and themselves. Is tiú an cumarsáid idir an phobal agus na hinstitiúdí cultúrtha.”

Special moments from the night included hearing how The National Neighbourhood has positively impacted on bringing the National Museum of Ireland closer to its local neighbours and community (read Lorraine Comer’s blog, Head of Education, National Museum of Ireland HERE).

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Launch of Dublin’s Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood at City Hall. Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Another was from Esme Lewis, a participant from a previous THE NATIONAL NEIGHBOURHOOD: ALIGHT! project, which was based around the Number 1 bus and the communities along its route. The artists Muirne Bloomer and Hugh Brown selected Esme’s deeply personal story about a woman who never forgot her first love, creating a dance that brought it to life in the project’s Mystery History Cabaret.

Esme recalled: I was always someone who visited galleries and attended concerts and got involved – but standing up and telling my story, and having it performed by professional artists was participation on a whole new level for me. I can’t wait to try something else. Thank you!

A powerful performance by Susan McKeown and the Holy Family School for the Deaf Cabra had the audience entranced on the night.
Watch some highlights of the launch here: 

And this story is only beginning… With a host of artists, community groups and Dublin’s finest national cultural institutions all rearing to go we can’t wait to see what the next year has in store. Women in history; the links between health, poverty, housing and the supporting communities; flux and stability; outdoor spaces and biodiversity, and the space between music and theatre performance are just some of the themes being explored by the citizens of Dublin city as part of Dublin’s Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood for the coming year.

Want to get involved? Discover where in Dublin we will be out and about in for the next few months and what some of our team are looking forward to HERE.

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