ABOUT THE EVENT

In 1948 Ballyfermot hardly existed.  It was mostly fields and farms with few shops, no schools and no real public transport.  But then the first Corporation Houses were built on Sarsfield Road and families began arriving from the harsh living conditions of Dublin’s inner city. Over the next seven decades they built a vibrant and resilient community.  

And now it’s time to celebrate that achievement. During 2018 we will be marking Ballyfermot’s 70th anniversary, or Ballyfermot’s Big Birthday. Community organisations, schools and local voluntary groups will be staging fun days, sporting events, exhibitions, tree planting, public art displays, street performance and concerts. For our part, ArtsD10 will be working with Brokentalkers Theatre Company again to create another Community Art Project.

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Brokentalkers is a Dublin based theatre company with an international reputation for socially charged, visually challenging, form-busting work.  Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon are the creatives behind the critically acclaimed The Blue Boy, Have I no Mouth  and This Beach. In April 2017 they brought their take on Ireland’s housing crisis, The Passion Project, to the streets of Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard.

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For this year’s community arts project they are joined by Arcade Films, who produce and direct short films and documentaries. Their films have been shown at Tribeca Film Festival in New York and their short The Mechanic won first prize at Galway Film Fleadh

THE EVENT

Saturday will feature a spectacular Horse Show at the Equine Centre, a huge Parade from there to the Civic Centre with Irish dancers, majorettes, sulkys, drummers and local choirs. There will be a Community Forum event where people will have a chance to reflect on the day’s drama and discuss local concerns.

Sunday’s events will pick up at Ballyfermot Library for a new play by Shaun Dunne based on the themes of home and homelessness, with a performance from C& S Variety.  One of the highlights of the Passion Project will include a “Best of D10” concert at the Ballyfermot College of Further Education on Sunday afternoon which will feature Mary Byrne, The Beermats, Nugget and Tom Phelan. This will be a ticketed event with the proceeds going to Dublin Simon Community which supports the homeless in the D10 area.

The Messenger will face a public trial at the Church of the Assumption, before the final episode of the drama takes place at Markievicz Park on the Sunday evening.

STARRING ROXANNA NIC LIAM & DONAL O’KELLY

Roxanna Nic Liam

Roxanna Nic Liam

The Messenger

Roxanna is an actress who has worked on many productions in Ireland and the UK including the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the National Theatre in London and English Touring Theatre. She is also a drama facilitator and has worked with many young people across Dublin including Dublin Youth Theatre, The Brú in Crumlin and Kylemore college in Ballyfermot.

Donal O'Kelly

Donal O'Kelly

Mr Temple

Donal O'Kelly is probably best known for his leading role in Roddy Doyle’s The Van. He has toured widely with his solo plays including Edinburgh Fringe First winners Fionnuala and Catalpa, as well as Joyced! and Hairy Jaysus. He has recently performed in the Fishamble production of his play Little Thing, Big Thing in Edinburgh, New York and Adelaide. He is an associate director of the Irish peace and justice organisation Afri.

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Dublin’s Culture Connects does as it says – it seeks real change in the city through connecting communities to Dublin City Council’s resources, their National Cultural Institutions, and artists, on projects that are relevant to them. The core value is the public and cultural community working together, connecting Dubliners in significant ways on projects that are relevant to their expressed concerns.

The Arts are a unique and fundamental part of Dublin’s identity. Dublin City Arts Office, based at The LAB, is a specialist service within Dublin City Council, that represents a strategic investment in the arts by the City Council. It has the experience, skills and knowledge to facilitate quality artistic provision, to ensure that the arts remain a vital part of living, working in and visiting the Capital City

Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre is committed to the arts as a way of renewing, developing and enriching life in our area. Following the success of a community arts drama, Lost Voices, in 2016 we are collaborating with Brokentalkers Theatre Company to deliver The Passion Project in April 2017. We believe this will lay the groundwork for a sustainable arts and culture organisation in D10 which will deliver quality artistic experiences for participants and audience.

Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre is committed to the arts as a way of renewing, developing and enriching life in our area. Following the success of a community arts drama, Lost Voices, in 2016 we are collaborating with Brokentalkers Theatre Company to deliver The Passion Project in April 2017. We believe this will lay the groundwork for a sustainable arts and culture organisation in D10 which will deliver quality artistic experiences for participants and audience.

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