An Irish Traveler community from Dublin participate in workshops with poet Stephen James Smith to express their culture in song and spoken word, culminating in a performance by the group in Dublin City’s prestigious National Concert Hall. Also featuring musicians Glen Hansard, Inny-K, Landless and Enda Reilly.
Information about the concert hall event which was held in March of 2017.
Chapter 1… at the National Concert Hall showcased the work created by community groups in Drimnagh, Ballyfermot and the South Circular Road as part of The National Neighbourhood : (Y)our Story final event series. Participants and audience members were treated to songs and a film premiere from the Bosco youth group, stories and prose from the Labre Park Women’s Group and got a sneak peak at the work created by the Amal Women’s Association and F2 Women’s Group. The evening was a colourful display of story and song, highlighting months of co-creation between the communities and artists such as Stephen James Smith, Myles O’Reilly, Sam Kavanagh, Dave Kelly, Slick, Helen Barry and Xanthe Gresham. Nigel Flegg welcomed a full house to the National Concert Hall and Deputy Lord Mayor Rebecca Moynihan spoke about The National Neighbourhood projects taking place across the city. As a native of Dublin 8, comedian Colm O’Regan provided a whimsical guide through the variety of performances taking place on the night.
(Y)our Story is part of The National Neighbourhood which in 2016/17 collaborated with communities in Ballyfermot, Drimnagh and South Circular Road and artists on a series of projects centred on the theme of storytelling. The projects relate to telling your story, then sharing and co-creating “our” story, supported and inspired by the collection and programmes at the National Concert Hall and Chester Beatty Library.