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The National Neighbourhood : Time To Tell You More

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The National Neighbourhood is already a city-wide web of activity

Informed by all the Tea&Chats conversations with community groups across the city earlier in the year, it was clear that communities needed to connect or re-connect with each other, and the opportunity presented itself to connect the National Cultural Institutions to that process.

What has been created is a series of umbrella projects in five areas of the city. Each umbrella comprises a web of partnerships between Dublin City Council and its Area Offices, Dublin City Public Libraries, Dublin City Council Arts Office, a National Cultural Institution or two, and a whole series of artists and community groups.

Those community groups can’t be categorised easily, they come from every walk of life, every age group, and every area of interest. Through the Tea&Chats process they put their hands up, said they’d love to be involved and connected with the idea to be involved in creating something lasting together.

Each of those five umbrella projects is an explosion of ideas, activity and events. Here’s a small flavour:

In Sandymount, James Ó hAodha is working with the Dodder Sea Scouts and Dublin Sikh Community learning about methods of maritime communication. The dance company CoisCéim is partnering with 5 groups through their BROADREACH programme – we are looking for more groups to join in with this project in Ringsend, Irishtown, Pearse Street and Sandymount – to connect around the idea of neighbourhood and dancing.

Men’s Sheds groups from across Artane, Priorswood, Donaghmede and Ayrfield are working with a team on tailor made visits to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. We are working with groups in Coolock and Belmayne on village making – keep an eye out for these ideas.

In Cabra, Whitehall and Finglas groups are creating pop-up contemporary museums of objects important to them, such as sport and song. Together they will also be working on more pop up events and lots of other connections with other groups in the area.

The journey of food through the city from the docks to the markets is being considered by a whole range of groups working with artists across the city centre. There will be meals made, stories told and gathering around stories of food.

The Artist Helen Barry is working with the Islamic Foundation Amal Group on batiks, and with a group from the F2 Centre on craft projects, and they will come together to swap their stories. There are other groups also working on story swapping – more details to follow.

Keep an eye out as we’ll be filling you in on the details of these and so many more projects over the coming weeks and months. Check back in soon!

More information to come….

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