Draíocht Nominated for Pride of Place 2013
Fingal County Council has nominated Draíocht for the Pride of Place 2013 competition, under the category of ‘Community Arts Initiatives’.
The judging took place recently over a two and a half hour period, starting with a 30 minute presentation outlining details of Draíocht’s many projects, events and community participation initiatives.
The judges were then introduced to all staff members during an informative tour around the building, taking in both theatre spaces, both galleries and the artists studio. They then had a chance to meet with local artists, clown choir participants and D15 Youth Theatre members and leaders, rounded off by a live performance by Jessy Rose, one of Blanchardstown’s newest songwriting and performing talents. Snapping it all on the day was local Irish and internationally renowned photographer Tom Lawlor.
The Pride of Place competition is all about acknowledging in a meaningful manner the fantastic selfless work being done by people in communities all over the island of Ireland, specifically recognising the involvement of the local community in all aspects of promoting social cohesion, involvement in planning, the promotion of heritage and environmental awareness. The focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area.
The competition is hosted by Co-operation Ireland under its Local Authority Programme in conjunction with the all-island Local Authority Steering Forum comprising officials from authorities in both parts of Ireland.
Local Authorities from practically every county in Ireland have nominated groups in their local area during 2013. Draíocht was delighted to be nominated by Fingal County Council and given the chance to showcase what can be achieved when people work together to enhance parts of their area for the good of the whole community.
Emer McGowan, Director of Draíocht said: ‘Artist Tracey Emin once said it perfectly when she said that ‘Art can absolutely change the world’. We believe this in Draíocht and put our local community at the centre of all our endeavours’.
Tom Dowling, Chairman of Pride of Place, said: "The competition is about showing respect and inclusion for every sector in our communities, young, old, rich or poor and creating communities to which the people are proud to say they belong".
Awards take place in Derry in November so cross your fingers for Draíocht!
Fingal County Council has also nominated the Seamus Ennis Centre in Naul under ‘The Gathering – Cultural Tourism’ Category and Rush Town under ‘Populations of over 2000 people’ Category.
Draíocht is delighted to have won a runners up prize of €500 at the awards ceremony of 700 guests in Derry on 16 November 2013. Thanks to everyone for your support.