The bricks and mortar of Dublin’s streets provide the stage to what is a truly great city, a city built on hundreds of years of history and culture. But to find the heart of Dublin you must look to the people who call it their home. Both new and old Dubliners alike bring the city to life. The warmth, the welcome and the wit applied to daily life have made Dubliners known the world over and truly make it one of the best places to live in.
Dublin takes pride in its rich history and culture. With its ancient past, Dublin is built upon a collage of the generations which have come before us. From Vikings to Georgians you will find their ideas imprinted upon the city’s DNA. However, today Dublin’s heart beats with a vigour brought by the many cultures that reside within it. We are a truly global city, and while walking around our streets you will hear the many languages of a new Dublin. These new influences and adopted voices now play a role in defining the multi-faceted culture which resides in Dublin today.
Through this mixture of new and old you will find a Dublin which has grown into the cosmopolitan and vibrant city it is today; a city proud of its rich past but continuously striving towards the future.
“When I die Dublin will be written in my heart”, a line which captures Dublin’s affinity with creativity and written by one of the city’s much celebrated cultural greats, James Joyce. Dublin cannot be fully explained without the use of an artist’s brush or a writer’s pen. Some of the world’s greatest writers, musicians, playwrights, and artists have called this unique city their home and it’s streets and their many characters have been their muses, immortalised in some of the most famous pieces of literature known to the world.
Packed full of imagination, walking around Dublin you will find that our city has become a canvas for its citizens. Creativity is etched upo
Dublin is a city steeped in cultural significance and hosts some of Ireland’s finest national treasures including the Book of Kells and the fine cathedrals of Christ Church and St Patrick’s. Dublin’s medieval streetscape is faithfully preserved around Temple Bar, where it provides the backdrop to a vibrant cultural quarter. Stretches of the City’s walls can still be found in Wood Quay and at St Audoen’s Arch.
The Dublin Quays Festival will take place in seven venues: The Workmans Club, The Sound House, The Liquor Rooms, The Grand Social, The Wiley Fox, Sin E and Bagots Hutton.
The Festival was set up in order to provide the city centre with an equivalent to the summer festivals taking place in less urban location during the summer.
The Dublin Quays Festival also intends to curate 'afternoons of spoken word, cultural talks, literary events, pop up performances and club nights.'
The lineup includes Old Hannah from the wild west of Ireland, songstress Cat Dowling, Wicklow’s Birds Of Olympus,
Island life – taking an international approach to making theatre
Director Marc Atkinson writes for Culture about the Sugarglass Theatre Company production of Davig Greig's play Outlying Islands, now playing at Trinity College, Dublin, and the young company's unique approach to building a play. Our costume designer is finishing up fittings via Skype from New York while one of our actors is filming in Budapest and our composer is somewhere in Slovenia trying to locate his lost cello, but it’s just a normal rehearsal week for us. After a few years on hiatus, Sugarglass Theatre Company are coming back to Dublin, and we’re bringing artists that we’ve met in various other countries with us. I’m half-English, half-Catalan and my family moved around a lot when I was a child before eventually settling in Limerick. I’m sure it’s this constant sense of hybridity that has led me to try and build an international theatre company that promotes collaboration across countries. Young companies dream of having a kind of artistic home where they can make and show work, and this summer we have an extraordinary opportunity to test this model, as we base ourselves out of the Samuel Beckett Theatre in Trinity College, Dublin.