‘May Weekender’ for local culture falls victim to Covid-19 shutdown

By Jack Shanahan

‘CULTURE Date with Dublin 8’, which promotes the local area, has cancelled its ‘May Weekender’, planned for May 16th and 17th.

The annual event celebrates the history, architecture, and culture of Dublin 8, and would have consisted of free walking tours, exhibitions, workshops, and outdoor concerts. The announcement came this week on Twitter.

On their website the organisation explained the event’s purpose: “Culture Date with Dublin 8 hopes to put Dublin 8 on the map as a unique, sought-after, cultural destination, connecting communities to their national heritage and cultural institutions while establishing a new platform for cultural, historical and educational organisations to work together.”

Culture Date with Dublin 8 took place for the first time in 2018 with performances by the St. James’s Band and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann as well as tours in Kilmainham Gaol, Richmond Baracks and a tour of the Irish Museum of Modern Art with an open studio visit with artist in residence Bharti Parmar.

Culture Date with Dublin 8 has held other events celebrating the local area, most recently Love D8, ‘a community fair with a difference’ as they called it. St Catherine’s Church was turned into a market-style fair and included pop up style performances as well as workshops.

The cancellation of the May event was met with disappointment in the community.

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