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27 April 2020

Bringing Culture Club online

Bringing Culture Club online
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We invite people to see, experience and learn about Dublin’s cultural places.

Culture Club is a series of hosted talks and tours that introduce and encourage people to connect with the cultural spaces of the city.

Working closely with our partners, since 2016 we open up new ways for people to access cultural activity more easily and confidently in order to develop and expand their cultural habits.

Bringing Culture Club online

Throughout this pandemic we continue to invite people to see, experience and learn online about Dublin’s cultural places. Culture Club is online at the moment, still offering a series of hosted talks and tours online via Zoom that introduce and encourage people to connect with the cultural spaces of the city. Working closely with our partners, we open up new ways digitally for people to access cultural activity online more easily and confidently in order to develop and expand their cultural habits.

The programme

In May 2020, we and our 11 partner cultural institutions will host 20 Culture Club events focusing on history and heritage, visual arts, literature, archives and theatre. Our programme will continue and increase in June and beyond. Over the coming months, it is envisaged that the programme will offer greater cultural choices to support broader cultural participation.

You can see this month's Culture Club events here.

Benefits of Culture Club online

For our cultural partners it allows a facilitated connection to people in real time, supports ongoing audience participation and the development of new audiences. It builds the connection between the stories and collections with people to encourage them to explore further (and visit in real life when the opportunity arises again.)

For our participants, they have told us that Culture Club online offers them:

Different experiences, brings a little more to the day than just talking with friends’

‘An enjoyable experience which I wouldn’t have undertaken on my own’

There is nowhere to go, but this allows us see lots of wonderful things Culture Club participant

How it works

We prepare a monthly programme of talks and tours with our partners. The partner can use existing online material/exhibitions, highlight elements of their collection or pilot new programming. Participants can view the material in advance or collectively, followed by an open and engaged discussion facilitated both by the partner and our Culture Club team. And sometimes it is just an opportunity to talk to audiences and potential new audiences about what happens in your cultural venue.

We promote the monthly programme through our online newsletter and social media channels. Events are free but booked in advance with a maximum of 20 participants per session. As usual we have a manned phone line available for questions and also technical support with a ‘how to’ Zoom webinar and fact sheet, and our team give advance and on-the day individual technical support to support participants on how to join in.

Culture Club partners

Culture Club is made by Dublin City Council Culture company in partnership with Dublin City Council (Dublin City Libraries, City Hall, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, The Lab of City Arts Office), Abbey Theatre, Chester Beatty, IMMA, National Archives, National Concert Hall, National Gallery of Ireland, National Library of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland, Registry of Deeds, RHA, Temple Bar Gallery & Studio.

If you'd like to find out more information about Culture Club or are interested in becoming a partner, you can contact our Head of Project Development, Tracy Geraghty, via development@dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie