Friday 7 August 2009

Fit for purpose?

Exchange Dublin in association with Temple Bar Cultural Trust are organising Culture and the City - The Debate: "Is this City fit for purpose?"

Speaking about the event Lorraine Maye, Cultural Projects Manager at Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) said 'We are delighted to host this event on Meeting House Square; a fresh, bold new take on traditional debate formats and a timely opportunity for people to have their say about culture in Dublin. All are welcome and we would encourage everyone to come along, participate in and experience what promises to be a lively, informative and fun event.'

All audience members, invited guests and crew will be required to wear a white upper face mask upon passing a screen at the entrance to Meeting House Square and all will remain anonymous throughout. This theatrical experiment aims to break down some of the barriers that exist to real discussion and debate, using anonymity to encourage people to give their truthful opinions.

Posing the question 'Is this City fit for purpose?', Dylan Haskins of Exchange Dublin and Debate Curator says 'In a city like Dublin where everyone knows everyone, this event is an opportunity for people to say what they really feel as users of the city without worry of who it might offend. The only thing we ask is that people leave their associations behind, be it business, political, friendship or otherwise and speak as individuals.'

This event will take place in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar on Wednesday August 19th at 6.30pm (gates open at 6pm), a landmark outdoor public space in Dublin city centre which for one week only, from Sunday 16th - Sunday 23rd August, will be equipped with a marquee roof covering. Join us as we bring the debate out into the open!

This is a free event and does not require tickets - just come along!

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