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The New Voices of Ireland Series started during the Irish Presidency in the EU in 2013 and since it has become a flagship event for emerging, experimental and migrant artists in Ireland who see it as a great opportunity to gain the exposure and experience so critical for furthering of their creative careers and connecting with hundreds of new audiences.

From its very beginning the New Voices of Ireland Series was aimed at connecting new, creative talent from various communities and social groups from all over Ireland and at making them an active voice in the social debate about the most concerning issues dominating our society.

In 2016 we have asked artists to respond to the theme “DIVISIONS IN OUR CITIES” and reflect whether culture can help to unify our divided cities and its people?

The theme selection was based on the consultations carried out in Dublin in 2015 by the Dublin2020 team which CFCP was part of. The consultations took place in various locations in Dublin and included over 3,000 Dubliners.

One of the main problems Dubliners would welcome to see tackled and resolved is the fact that Dublin is as a divided city. Dublin is divided geographically in North vs. South which further connects to the socio-economical division, gender divisions as well as ethnic and various levels of dis/ability divisions.

The political events from this year starting from the controversy around the possible Grexit and cumulating with the Brexit have further shown that growing divisions are a very real problem affecting the whole of Europe.

The multidisciplinary, intercultural New Voices of Ireland Series is run as a group show in the centre of Dublin every September with its main events happening during Culture Night and with some individual events scheduled for later in the year.

As usual participating artists were selected through an open call. We have received over 40 submissions and selected 11 projects to take part in the 2016 New Voices of Ireland Series.

The programme you are going to see encompasses a broad and engaging mix of participatory workshops, concerts, visual arts, installations and includes even a drop in radio station that will capture and broadcast on the go the views of both our audiences and the participating artists.

Our great partner Dublin Institute of Design, headed by its new Head of Design, Danielle Townsend has again provided us with their amazing venue in 45 Kildare Street. As many of you will remember from last year, the Institute is everything but a standard venue for a show. The maze of its rooms spread over three floors just adds an extra touch to the diverse and engaging experience of the New Voices of Ireland Series 2016. We love this new home and are really grateful to DID’s for their generous support!!!


We are delighted that the New Voices of Ireland Series have been noted in other EU countries as a great example of intercultural collaboration and exchange and that we were invited to present it at the Conference on the Fostering and Development of Talent in Bratislava in Sep 2016 organised as a flagship event during the Slovak presidency in the European Commission.


Thank you to the Arts Council for their kind support, thank you to all participating artists and of course a great tank you to our host – Dublin Institute of Design!


We trust that with the continued support of the Arts Council and our other partners we would be able to further contribute to make Ireland a leading example of a tolerant, open and creative society that knows how to effectively integrate and utilise the human potential brought by migrants. This is a very real challenge and a great opportunity if tackled in the right way.


We are looking forward to meeting on Friday the 16th Sep 2016 you and sharing with you the great experience of the Culture Night & a glass of wine!))



Monika Sapielak

Centre for Creative Practices

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Celebrate with us a different & very social Valentines evening! Enjoy a participatory, frivolous performance, dream while listening to a heart-warming poetry reading. Celebrate your mate, great company of other people, a really cool venue and a glass of your favourite drink from the pub downstairs.
Catch up with old CFCP friends, meet new people and spend the night in he-arty style.
We are looking forward to seeing you in the Harbour Bar!

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