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 first known settlement was Áth Cliath, which took its name from a major ford across the tidal River Liffey. Around the sixth century a monastery Duiblinn (Irish for ‘blackpool’) was founded due south of the tidal pool in the River Poddle, a tributary of the
Decadently elegant, Film Fatale returns with its most extravagant event yet: Masquerade at the RDS.
A carnival of curiosities awaits you as Film Fatale brings to life the great masked balls of Vienna, Paris, St Petersburg and Venice. In the grand tradition of the Masquerade, don your masks and hide your beautiful faces among the dukes and duchesses, counts and courtesans.
Revel in the spectacle. Take delight among the porcelain-faced ballerinas, jesters, flying-swan princesses and troubadours, or Cancan with the Film Fatale Follies.
In the grand concert hall, you can waltz to the str
Cruinniú na Cásca – a day for culture and creativity nationwide
Following on from last year's popular RTÉ Reflecting the Rising event in Dublin's city centre as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, Easter Monday 2017 will see RTÉ partner with Creative Ireland to present Cruinniú na Cásca, a large-scale free public festival across four zones in Dublin city centre, north and south, from 11.00am - 6.00pm. Cruinniú na Cásca aims to celebrate culture and creativity in contemporary Irish society through a variety of live music and dance, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings, special events and more. "It’s an initiative that is close to my heart," said An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Cruinniú na Cásca event today. "The theme for Cruinniú Na Cásca 2017 is diversity and inclusion. As a people, as communities, we can only benefit from taking a day every year to think seriously about ourselves, to have important conversations – but also to share our experiences and to come together to enjoy our cultural heritage and the work of our artists and performers. I firmly believe that Cruinniú has the potential to enrich our social and cultural lives long into the future.”