ABOUT THE COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECT

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ABOUT THE COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECT

The Community Arts Project, City Fusion, promotes integration, inclusion and celebrate our diversity at the time of the national holiday. The project runs concurrently with the same creative team and core values of communion, respect and joyful celebration.

City Fusion is commissioned annually and engage with groups and communities from a variety of backgrounds. The participants work together alongside professional artists to create and stage two large scale pageants for the Festival parade. They are immersed in the creative process over a number of months and learn skills in performance, street-theatre, dance and circus. The Creative Directors for City Fusion are Designer Sabine Dargent and Choreographer Muirne Bloomer.

CITY FUSION PARTICIPANTS 2018

Lithuanian Association in Ireland
The Lithuanian Association in Ireland Limited, officially registered in January 2005, has been active since 1999. The association organises Lithuanian concerts and other events and runs eight Lithuanian weekend schools in various counties including Dublin for Lithuanian children. It organises monthly Lithuanian gatherings around Ireland and publishes Saloje (On the Island) twice a month, which has around 5000 readers and the weekly Lietuvis (Lithuanian) which are the most popular local papers among the Lithuanian community.

Alma Boliviana Ballet
Alma Boliviana uses the art of dance to celebrate Bolivian culture throughout Ireland. Different cultures from all over Bolivia are represented through their mixture of dances.  They have been together for 3 years and most performers are from Bolivia but they welcome everybody from all different nationalities.

St John of God Community Services, Liffey Region
This group is from the Liffey Services St John of God. Their members are involved in different community activities and are all independent people. Some have paid jobs in the open labour market. Each year a new group of members come together to participate in the parade

Peruvian Irish Community Association (P.I.C.A)
The Peruvian Irish Community Association is a non profit organisation which strives to promote Peruvian culture in Ireland as well as integration into Irish society. The Peruvian Irish Community Association welcomes everybody regardless of their background, age, or adversity.

Brazilian Samba Dance Community Group
10 passistas have been performing the artful dance of Salsa since 2008 bringing energy and spectacle to parties, festivals and weddings. Our mission is to showcase our culture through music and dance. Our main objective is to transform simple moments into unforgettable dreams.

India Different Group/ CIC
An estimated 25,000 Indian origin members are living in the Republic of Ireland and making positive contributions in the fields of IT, Health and Educational services. The aim of this umbrella organization is to support the needs of various Indian community organizations and provide better facilities to improve the social life of their members. Indian Diaspora living in Ireland will participate in this festival to represent 'India in Ireland'. The purpose is to promote diverse Indian cultural heritage and integrate well with all people living in Ireland.
• Making available and circulating information to our member organisations, volunteers and the wider ethnic minority community.
• Representation and participation of ethnic minorities in decision making processes and consultative forum.
• Providing training and building the capacity of ethnic minority groups to identify their own needs and develop an awareness of the policy context within which services are planned and delivered.


Polish Weekend School SEN
SEN Polish Saturday School was established in February 2010.It is attended by over 500 pupils aged between 4 and 17.Their main activity is promoting multilingualism, Polish language and culture and cooperation with the Irish educational and cultural associations.

Filipino Cultural Organisation of Ireland
The Filipino Cultural group has been in existence for almost 15 years and works in different parts of the community promoting integration through culture, music and dance.
The group also promote tourism to the Philippines by taking part in Festivals and events throughout the year.
The group is mixed with Filipino and Irish members and it has grown steadily over the past couple of years especially with the help of the Brighter Futures and City Fusion team from St Patrick’s festival and the Filipino Festivals.

Syrians in Ireland
The Syrians in Ireland group have been a wonderful addition to the Community Arts Project. Their passion, love and integration have become a most welcome and valuable part of life in Ireland. Their mission is to celebrate, dance and sing with all people and communities, taking part in the St Patrick’s Festival Parade and spread happiness.

Pride
Pride raises public awareness with regard to all aspects of discrimination in society and issues and difficulties affecting the lives of lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and queer people by publications, events, parades and other means of communication.


Kinesis
Kinesis is a multi-style dance school based in Dublin.  We have only recently opened in September 2017.We offer a safe, structured and fun environment for all.  All classes are fully inclusive with an aim to guide each dancer to reach their own individual highest potential through pure enjoyment; to learn and develop, physically, emotionally and socially through the joy of movement and dance.

Simon Community
The Dublin Simon Community Dance Group emerged in the summer of 2015. Over the past two years a group of Dublin Simon Community’s service users have worked on a series of pieces from jive to folk dance, all of them influenced by contemporary dance.

Baile Bua (Sounds Like Celebration)” is the title of the current production. It explores the ideal place we all want to live and take part in. In this dance inclusion the principal value is; compassion, understanding, togetherness and social justice. It is a celebration and a hurrah for victory.

Simon Community dance groupp explore the different aspects of social and folk dances. The performers bring the enjoyment of dance to the stage with energetic pieces of music and humour. The dance delves into both the positives and negatives of life, making the performance an expression of hope even in the most difficult situations.

Cecilian Theatre Arts
The Cecilian Theatre Arts have been involved in the Arts for over 30years as a Musical Society for teens & Adults affiliated to AIMS (Association Of Irish Musical Societies). The group has staged many award winning productions in Draiocht Theatre.

The School was developed as place for young people to explore their creative talents. We produce various annual projects, for example, theatre variety productions, community work, studio recordings, music videos, film & television appearances etc.

The School has a unique approach to drama, dance and singing for Girls & Boys aged 3 – 19yrs. Classes are specifically designed to encourage Creativity, Confidence & Communicational skills. As well as being a kaleidoscope of fun, we give quality training to young people in a SAFE & ENCOURAGING ENVIRONMENT. With emphasis on holistically developing each student through the arts.

IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOCIATION CLONTARF BRANCH (I.W.A)
I.W.A is a youth group for young people with disability. The club has been running for 9 years and members are growing steadily each year. The mission is to include everybody and plan fun activities and projects.

Cleopatra Belly Dance Club
Ivana Cleopatra is a certified teacher of Dance Techniques, she has an honors degree from the Ministry of Education in Croatia and approval for the operating license of specialized dances. Ivana established a Belly Dance studio called Cleopatra, in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2009 and now in Dublin, Ireland. This is new, and almost one of a kind in Dublin and she wants to bring this fantastic fun, a new way of exercising and keeping fit with the people of Dublin!


Her passion is working with people, giving them all the knowledge in dancing, telling them all the stories about Egyptian traditions, culture, instruments, rhythms, dance history, and famous dancers.

CITY FUSION AND BRIGHTER FUTURES PARTICIPANTS 2017

City Fusion:

Alma Boliviana Ballet
Alma Boliviana uses the art of dance to celebrate Bolivian culture throughout Ireland. Different cultures from all over Bolivia are represented through their mixture of dances.  The group has officially been together for 3 years and most performers are from Bolivia but they welcome everyone from all different nationalities.

Brazilian Samba Dance Community Group
This group consists of 10 passistas who have been performing Salsa since 2008, bringing energy and an energetic spirit to parties, festivals and weddings. Their mission is to showcase their Brazilian culture through music and dance and to transform simple moments into unforgettable dreams.

Cameroonian Women Association
The main objective of the group is to empower women through education and interaction with the community in Ireland and to assist women in expanding their capabilities by working in groups.

Emerald Media Group
Emerald Media was established in 2003 and is Ireland's first and largest Chinese Media platform. Their primary mission is to deliver news and to voice the interests of the 60,000 people who are part of the Chinese Community in Ireland. They also organise and participate in events and activities promoting cultural and business links between Ireland and China. The activities of Emerald Chinese Group promote an understanding and appreciation of the diversity and the rich cultures of Ireland and China.

India Umbrella Group / CICI
An estimated 25,000 Indian origin members are living in the Republic of Ireland and making positive contributions in the fields of IT, Health and Educational services. The aim of this umbrella organization is to support the needs of various Indian community organizations and provide better facilities to improve the social life of their members. Indian Diaspora living in Ireland wants to promote diverse Indian cultural heritage and integrate well with all people living in Ireland.

Lithuanian Association in Ireland
The Lithuanian Association in Ireland Limited officially registered in January 2005 and has been active since 1999. The association organises Lithuanian concerts and other events as well as running eight Lithuanian weekend schools in various counties throughout Ireland including a school run for children in Dublin. It organises monthly Lithuanian gatherings around the country and publishes Saloje (On the Island) twice a month, which has around 5000 readers and the weekly Lietuvis (Lithuanian) which are both the most popular local papers amongst the Lithuanian community.

Peruvian Irish Community Association
The Peruvian Irish Community Association is a non profit organisation which strives to promote Peruvian culture in Ireland as well as integration into Irish society. The Peruvian Irish Community Association welcomes everybody regardless of their background, age, or adversity.

St John of God Community Services, Liffey Region
This group is from the Liffey Services, St John of God. Their members are involved in different community activities and are all independent people. Some have paid jobs in the open labour market. Each year a new group of members come together in order to participate in the parade.


Brighter Futures:

Filipino Cultural Organisation of Ireland
The Filipino Cultural group has been in existence for almost 15 years. They work throughout the community promoting Filipino integration through culture, music and dance.
They also promote tourism to the Philippines by taking part in different festivals and events throughout the year. The group is diverse with Filipino and Irish members and has grown steadily over the past couple of years with the help of the St Patrick’s Festival Arts Projects and Filipino festivals.

New Communities Partnership (NCP)
New Communities Partnership (NCP) is an independent national network of 175 immigrant led groups comprising of 65 nationalities with offices in Dublin and Cork with outreach to other cities. They are a non – governmental organisation and a registered charity. They support and strengthen their Irish citizenship communities by offering a unified and inclusive voice for ethnic minority communities to interact, exchange ideas and empower themselves.

Polish Weekend School SEN
SEN Polish Saturday School was established in February 2010 and is attended by over 500 pupils aged between 4 and 17. Their main activity is promoting multilingualism, the Polish language and culture and their cooperation with the Irish educational and cultural associations.

Robert Emmet Community Development Project
Robert Emmet Community Development Project was set up in 2003 to work in the community living in and around Oliver Bond Flat Complex in Dublin’s South Inner City. They work across all age groups developing educational and cultural initiatives in the community. Robert Emmet Community Development Project has been participating in the St Patrick’s Day Festival since 2011.
It offers an excellent opportunity for the young people they work with a platform to perform and to represent Ireland whilst building their own confidence and skills. 

Romanians in Ireland Organisation
Romanians in Ireland started as a Facebook group in March 2013 and quickly became a little community of people helping each other. Today it boasts more than 20,000 members. They wanted to get involved in the community in a more direct and practical way. The organisation offers support of all kinds to Romanians living in Ireland and is also involved in several projects together with Dublin City Council and other community groups and charities. Their aim is to promote and preserve their traditions, culture and heritage and to also work on social inclusion for other Romanians.

Syrians in Ireland
The Syrians in Ireland group have been a wonderful addition to the Brighter Futures pageants. Their passion, love and integration have become a most welcome and valuable part of life in Ireland. Through their mission to celebrate, dance and sing with all people and communities, taking part in the St Patrick’s Festival parade makes them want to be happy and make people happy.