Located in the heart of Dublin 15, Draíocht is an arts centre steadfastly committed to serving its local community and influencing arts practice far beyond.
Located in the heart of Dublin 15, Draíocht is an arts centre steadfastly committed to serving its local community and influencing arts practice far beyond. Its development was instigated by a passionate cohort of people from within this unique community, with its rich tradition of drama and musical theatre and fast-growing young and culturally diverse population. Their vision and determination was rewarded when Draíocht opened in 2001, a purpose-built space with two theatres, two galleries, an artist’s studio, a workshop space and a café.
With an eclectic but high-quality programme that includes performance, visual arts and music from both up-and-coming and established artists, we now welcome over 50,000 people of all ages, stages, interests and abilities a year.
We are delighted that some of those who visit us may be coming to an arts event for the very first time. Our belief in the transformative power of the arts means that we place a lot of emphasis on encouraging and enabling the participation of those who may not have had prior opportunity to see or experience the arts. Another key area of focus is children and young people, as we seek to respond to and engage our community’s distinctively young demographic. Our unique Children’s Charter sets out our promise to the children and young people we serve.
We work closely and collaboratively with local, national and international artists and organisations who share our commitment to and ambition for these areas of work and ways of working. We nurture and support their practice and in doing so enrich our own. With a growing track record of success, we regularly share our experience of working at the heart of an urban community with others and take time to learn how others do it too.
Our vision is of an Ireland where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy and be enriched by the arts.
Draíocht means magic. Our name gives us a clear mission: to share the magic of the arts. We do so in three ways:
- by presenting a lively, year-round programme of events, making sure there’s something for everyone to enjoy
- by creating opportunities for our local community, and particularly children and young people, to discover and love the arts
- by collaborating with artists to develop work specifically for our audiences
A WARM WELCOME
Whether you’ve dropped in for a coffee, come to see a show, take part in a workshop or are working with us as an artist, you are sure of a warm welcome. We are open and approachable and treat everyone with respect.
A TOUCH OF MAGIC
Draíocht means magic and we are passionate about the transformative power of the arts. That’s why we work hard to create those moments of magic that delight or inspire and may even change lives. It might be as simple as a great night out or as profound as discovering a hidden talent and having the freedom and confidence to express yourself.
A LOT OF FUN
We enjoy what we do and hope you do too. We get a thrill in putting together a lively programme of events and activities that appeals to all ages, stages, interests and abilities. We make working with us a positive experience too.
A SENSE OF BELONGING
We’re proud to be part of the vibrant Dublin 15 community and are committed to contributing to and celebrating it. We support local artists and enable creativity to flourish within our locale. In return, we hope we inspire a strong sense of connection to Draíocht, so that you feel as much a part of us as we do of you.
A COMMITMENT TO NURTURE
We love the arts. And like anything you think is great, we want to share it. That’s why so much of our work is about encouraging engagement with the arts and creating opportunities to participate. We support and develop the work of artists who share this ambition.
Draíocht Company Registration: Draíocht Ltd. Reg no: 266358
Charity No: CHY12696
VAT No: IE 8266358C
2016 - Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Governanment Awards, 'Sustaining the Arts' Fingal County Council and Draíocht commended for 'The Lucky Penny 1916 Literature Project and Exhibition'.
2013 - Fingal Pride of Place Award, Runner-up in the Single Issue – Community Arts Initiative Category
2012 - Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year, Shortlist
2011 - Dublin Living Awards, 'Dublin Theatre of the Year', Shortlist
2010 - Contribution to Community (by a business) at D15 Chamber of Commerce Awards, 'Make Art Not Rubbish' collaboration between Draíocht and Vodafone Ireland.
2009 - Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year, Shortlist
2009 - D15 Chamber Business & Community Awards, 'Best Sales', Shortlist