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It’s a busy week here in Temple Bar; firstly we are celebrating Europe Day, today, with free cultural events and discussions and tomorrow we host the first film screening as part of  The Sunday Times Outdoor Film Festival at Meeting House Square.

Earlier this morning, we hosted our annual conference, ‘Culture & The Economy’, with a keynote by David Throsby, distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

We were thrilled to also have Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton T. D. with us to discuss the opportunities for culture in Ireland as we host the Presidency of the European Union in 2013.

We were also joined by Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin John O’Hagan and Educator and Innovator Finbarr Bradley from University College Dublin. Their presentations from today are now available online below. We will also have a video of highlights from the conference online next week.

If you are interested in celebrating Europe Day then check out the rest of today’s events at www.templebar.ie

‘Temple Bar as place and concept is real success story’ writes Dermot McLaughlin in The Irish Times, July 18th 2011

Today, Dermot McLaughlin CEO of Temple Bar Cultural Trust writes in The Irish Times on the real success of Temple Bar as a place and concept following an article by Frank McDonald in the Irish Times on July 2nd 2011.


High Wire Solo Performance by Didier Pasquette over Temple Bar Square with Seamus Nolan's tribute to Aidan Walsh 'master of the universe' in the background. Image credit Patrick Redmond


‘TEMPLE BAR in Dublin is 20 years old, based on the passing of the Temple Bar Renewal and Development Act 1991 that got the ball rolling.

The inner south city centre area’s regeneration began when Ireland was in the economic doldrums. Dublin’s designation as European Capital of Culture in 1991 provided the catalyst just as urban regeneration in Glasgow, Bilbao and elsewhere is linked to cultural and artistic ventures. Temple Bar is a success story, in an Irish and European context, for which successive national and local governments deserve real credit. It is many things to many people: a place and a brand, a cultural quarter, a workplace, a tourism destination and, importantly, somewhere called home.

It can also be used as a metaphor for the positive side of Ireland – its creative people and culture. Similarly, it is a byword for some of the country’s image problems: difficulty in dealing with success, alcohol dependence, failing to resolve problems and lax enforcement.’

Read the full opinion piece by Dermot in today’s Irish Times here.

A summers afternoon at Temple Bar Food Market, Sat July 16th Image credit Patrick Redmond

Also in response to Frank McDonald’s article, Owen Hickey, former Property Director for Temple Bar Properties writes in a letter to the Editor of the Irish Times on Thurs July 7th:

‘….This is not at all to suggest that I view the Temple Bar development as a whole in a negative light. We did envisage a “bustling, cultural, residential and small-business precinct that will attract visitors in significant numbers”, and while it did turn out to be something of a “boisterous changeling”, it is by no means without heart, or vibrancy or colour, as your other commentators attested to…’

Willie White, Director of Project Arts Centre, also writes in a letter to the Editor of the Irish Times on the same day:

‘Sir, – Cultural buildings in Temple Bar Cultural Trust’s porfolio are described as loss leaders (Magazine, July 2nd). This is misleading.

Project Arts Centre bought its premises on East Essex Street in the 1970s with the assistance of Dublin Corporation. The organisation subsequently transferred the site to Temple Bar Properties in the 1990s in order to access EU capital funding and now pays an annual licence fee to TBCT under a 35-year lease. Thirty-six years after it first began to operate in the area now known as Temple Bar, Project Arts Centre is thriving. It is not losing its own money or anyone else’s and continues to contribute value to the social and cultural life of Dublin city.’

Read Frank McDonald’s article here>.

This week, Temple Bar Cultural Trust is celebrating ‘Made in Temple Bar’, 10 days of cultural celebration marking 20 years of regeneration in Temple Bar, Dublin’s Cultural Quarter. For more info log on to www.templebar.ie

TBCT’s year of non-stop culture

Our Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) events programme has finished for 2010 and what a success it was.

On April 13th, In Handel’s Day attracted thousands of people of all ages to a day-long programme of free events in venues across Dublin to celebrate GF Handel and his Dublin connections. The weather was glorious, the streets and city centre buildings hummed with music, and the crowds came in droves to the annual performance of the Messiah on the Street on Fishamble Street, Temple Bar

If you missed the opportunity to come along to In Handel’s Day this year, our audience have managed to capture the best bits! To view some great photos and more videos of In Handel’s Day events, click here.

This July saw a new summer celebration in the city – The Summer Sensational, an age friendly festival bursting with exciting events throughout Temple Bar from family films, baby discos and children’s workshops, to world music nights, outdoor movies screenings and inspiring exhibitions.

As part of The Summer Sensational, we ran an online culture competition with many bloggers and online people getting involved to cover the festival so why not take a look at DublinCulture.ie and Dave Madden’s winning commentaries and review about the festival! Ros Kavanagh, our dedicated photographer also captured the festival for us!

In September, thousands of Irish people and visitors to the country came out to experience Culture Night 2010 and they were not disappointed with more than 130 venues opening their doors with free events for the public in Dublin and 20 other towns, cities and counties across the country getting involved for the largest Culture Night ever!

We snapped up some of the magical atmosphere on Dublin’s Culture Night and a full gallery is up on our Facebook page so enjoy our selection of Culture Night Photos!

Culture Night 2011 is set for Friday 23rd September so put it in your diary now!

Our not to be missed Culture & The City conference took place in October at Wood Quay Venue in what turned out to be a really upbeat, positive and informative session.

This event, like so many others, captured the need to generate a practical outcomes that would enable the world of culture and the creative industries to explore new ideas and possibilities for working together with other areas of the economy so TBCT is now working on the development of such a space in Temple Bar through the Coalition of Cultural and Creative Industries in Ireland. If you’d like to be involved or find out more contact Gráinne Millar gmillar@templebar.ie.

The Show must go on! Despite the adverse weather conditions of early December, we continued with A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar. A number of our outdoor activities had to be cancelled or rescheduled, but this only made the indoor workshops and films even better tasting!

Our weekend was filled with a Christmas Truffles Cooking Demonstration with Chef Stuart O’Keefe, Co Couture’s Chocolate Connoisseurs Club with Deirdre McCanny, Children’s Workshop with The Ministry of Chocolate, Panto on the Liffey and the Devilishly Delicious Cooking Demonstration with Cook’s Academy.

No Grants Gallery (NGG) hosted a number of innovative exhibitions throughout the year by solo artists and artist collectives as well as collaborating with a number of organisations such as NCAD, KCAT, City Arts Squad, Dublin Simon and the Bealtaine Festival.  In 2011, NGG looks forward to providing up and coming artists with a platform to exhibit and sell their work as well as being part of the ‘First Thursdays’ initiative when a number of galleries in Temple Bar will share their opening nights on the first Thursday of every month. Call for submissions is now open!

It has been a very enjoyable and successful first year of Get Active, TBCT’s cultural programme for the active retired and over 55s.  We are very pleased that Get Active will continue in 2011 with a host of engaging workshops in art, drama and dance, our monthly book-club in the Gutterbookshop as well as walking tours and visits to a selection of galleries and cultural organisations in the city.

On behalf of all the team at TBCT, we would like to thank you all for your support in 2010 and we look forward to seeing you all next year for another year of cultural discovery.  Be sure to keep in touch with us and to log on to www.templebar.ie in January for an exciting programme of cultural events. There are some great surprises in the pipeline to celebrate TBCT’s 20th birthday!

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions or if you’d like to share some ideas with us, please do so at feedback@templebar.ie.

TBCT and Creative Cities discussion as part of Innovation Week, Monday November 15th

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Gráinne Millar, our Head of Cultural Development here at TBCT will be sharing some of her ideas and thoughts around the role and potential of culture to transform the city – looking to the success of initiatives such as Culture Night which was established by Temple Bar Cultural Trust in 2006 as a new way of creating active citizenship and participation as well as TBCTs more recent work around developing strategies to support the cultural and creative industries to achieve greater social and economic impacts.

Other panelists include Conor Skehan of DIT; the architect Alan Mee and Owen O’Doherty Deputy City Architect for Dublin.

The event will take place on Monday 15th November at 4.40pm at the John Hume Institute, UCD.

For more information on this event and Innovation Week go to http://www.innovationdublin.ie/index.php/festival-2010-events/creative_cities_panel_discussion/

Culture & The City 4 – Conference Review

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The fourth Culture & The City conference took place on Thursday 21st October at Wood Quay Venue in what turned out to be a really upbeat, positive and entertaining session.

We heard all about plans within Dublin City Council to turn Dublin into a leading city of innovation; Paul Hayes gave us a fascinating insight into Ireland’s impressive track-record in the global gaming world and the potential of the International Concents Services Centre to drive the cultural and creative industries; Denis Roche, founder of Open Window talked about the extraordinary impact his art and technology project is having on the recovery process for people in the health sector.

There were insights too from Head of Creative Industries Stephan McGowan on the Cultural Innovation fund operated by Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Northern Ireland and Pete Lunn, the behavioural economist at the ESRI stunned everyone with his presentation on the need to radically review our funding models and decision-making processes if we want a more inclusive society that supports cultural democracy and participation.

This event, like so many others, captured the need to generate a practical outcomes that would enable the world of culture and the creative industries to explore new ideas and possibilities for working together with other areas of the economy so TBCT is now working on the development of such a space in Temple Bar through the Coalition of Cultural and Creative Industries in Ireland. If you’d like to be involved or find out more contact Gráinne Millar gmillar@templebar.ie.

Culture and the City 4 (speaker change)

If you haven’t already booked your place on our fourth Culture and the City Conference next Thursday October 21st call us here at TBCT on 01 677 2255.

One of our 5 speakers has changed – Paul Hayes, CEO of Games Industry Group Ireland will speak in place of Neil Leyden.  Paul is the marketing and communications brains behind many of Ireland’s most successful gaming companies and is the Marketing and Communications Director of Havok.  Neil hopes to stop by later in the morning!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Culture & The City Conference – Culture: A Catalyst for Social and Economic transformation in Dublin

How can culture and the creative industries contribute to economic and social innovation in Dublin?  How does Dublin compare with other cities as an internationally creative region?  These are just some of the topics that will be discussed at the fourth Culture & The City conference, on Thursday 21st October at Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay.

Five leading and influential speakers from the fields of culture, technology and the economy, will present at the conference, including Paul Hayes, CEO of Games Industry Group Ireland.  Paul has been the marketing and communications brains behind many of Ireland’s most successful gaming companies and played a large part in the winning submission for Your Country Your Call.

Grainne Millar, Head of Cultural Development, Temple Bar Cultural Trust said, “We have an exciting mix of key professionals and thinkers across the cultural and creative sectors, who are living proof of the power of creativity to transform our economy and our social well-being.  Each of the speakers will identify a number of areas that we need to prioritise in the Dublin City Region, the engine of our economy,  if we are serious about unlocking the potential of culture and creative sector and competing as an international creative city.   We urgently need  a joined-up and integrated strategy at the level of the Dublin City Region –that will bring artists, culture and creative industries, business, education and technology together – in a creative environment that strives for world class ambition and achievement with  a strong sense of public engagement”.

Other topics will include the important role of culture and creative industries as a catalyst for broader government priorities and programmes in health, education, social inclusion, as well as, the very clear economic benefits, led by Stephen McGowan, Head of Creative Industries Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Northern Ireland.  Denis Roche, artist and Director of Vivartes will deliver insights from his experience developing ‘Open Window’, the innovative partnerships formed across the worlds of medicine, academia, artists and enterprise and the impact the project is having  on people’s health and well-being and the opportunities it presents  for artists.

Culture and the City – Speakers:

Michael Stubbs – Assistant City Manager, Dublin City Council

Stephen McGowan – Head of Creative Industries and Innovation, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, NI

Denis Roche – Artist and Director of Vivartes

Paul Hayes – CEO, Games Industry Group Ireland

Pete Lunn – Behavioural Economist, ESRI

The Conference takes place on Thursday October 21st at Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, from 8.30am to 1pm. Admission to the conference is free, but booking is essential. To book your place please contact Elena Rustici at Temple Bar Cultural Trust on (01) 677 2255 / erustici@templebar.ie

Culture & the City 3 – Debate and discuss Culture on October 21st


On Thursday 21st October 2010 we will host the third Culture & The City conference at the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Dublin 2.

This year’s event will look at how Culture fits in with the Creative Industries, and how working together they can create new ways of thinking and new opportunities for cultural development in the city.  Discussion topics on the day include: Why does culture matter? How do cultural and creative industries work together? How can cultural and creative industries contribute to economic recovery? Join us to discuss these and other topics in a morning that promises to generate new ideas, new ways of looking at our city.

Full details on the conference programme, speakers and registration will be available shortly on www.templebar.ie

Temple Bar Cultural Trust submission on the EU Green Paper


Temple Bar Cultural Trust made a submission to the European Commission in July in response to the EU Green Paper on the Cultural and Creative Industries. This submission was made on behalf of a ‘cultural coalition’ of over 50 individuals and organisations working in this sector.

We led this submission process because we believe that culture must be seen as resource for creativity and must be given greater prominence in the broader policies on the knowledge economy, innovation and social cohesion. The intention of our submission is to ensure that our strong cultural assets form part of the foundation of a powerful and creative economy and a cohesive society in Ireland and across Europe.

Creative Industries make a significant contribution to the Irish economy with existing estimates placing the total number employed in Ireland’s creative industries at 60,855 in 2006, generating a total added value of nearly €5.5bn in 2006 – approx. 3% of total Irish employment and 3.5% of total Irish GVA.

Because many cultural and creative industries are small businesses it has been difficult for those them to have their voices heard at national and EU level. Responding to this, the European Commission launched a public consultation in April on issues affecting this sector so that future policy could help create programmes and policies that are “fit for purpose”.

The Green Paper is a discussion document that allows for individual artists, creatives and cultural organisations working across the European Union to communicate directly with policy makers. Now that the consultation phase has finished, the Commission will begin the work of making changes to European law based on the feedback from Member States.

To read a copy of our submission visit www.icce.ie

Get involved and help shape the future for cultural and creative industries www.icce.ie


What is the role of the cultural and creative industries and how can they contribute to the other sectors of society? The European Commission has asked for our opinions and Temple Bar Cultural Trust is coordinating the response from the Cultural and Creative sectors in Ireland.

We want to know what you think! Do you have any ideas, examples of best practice, or opinions you’d like to share?

Check out our website to read what other people think and add your own contributions:  www.icce.ie

A forum on the topic will take place on Wednesday 7 July 2010 at 10.30am at Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar.   For registration and more information contact cci@templebar.ie

This initiative is led by Temple Bar Cultural Trust  and includes contributions from The Digital Hub, Business to Arts, The Project Arts Centre, Science Gallery and Design Business Ireland.