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Creative Climate Action: RISING

2 min read

Creative Climate Action: RISING

2 min read


Creative Climate Action: RISING

On balmy October evenings during the Dublin Theatre Festival 2021, crowds gathered along the balustrades of Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and Customs House Quay in Dublin, phones in hand and headphones plugged in, ready to submerge themselves into the world of RISING.

RISING is one of 15 creative projects from all around Ireland that have been made possible by the €2 million Creative Climate Action fund through Creative Ireland. These projects engage communities, artists, and professionals together to create work which empowers people to make real changes about how they interact with the environment.

An interdisciplinary project, RISING brings together the work of theatre makers Brokentalkers, Trinity College Dublin, and the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Bringing the vision to life

Brokentalkers are one of Ireland’s most original theatre companies. Led by Feidlim Cannon, Gary Keegan, and Rachel Bergin, they are known for ambitious work that defies categorisation and for embracing a collaborative approach that draws on the skills and experiences of people from all kinds of backgrounds. They are the Artists-in-Residence at Trinity East, the college’s campus at Grand Canal, which has facilitated them to work with local community groups in the area, including St Andrew’s Resource Centre.

Algorithm, who contributed to the performance during the festival, are a cutting-edge creative production studio known for their spectacular visual installations and motion graphics.

At the Dublin Theatre Festival, the RISING installation overtook the fabric of the city itself. On the walls of Custom House Quay and in the audiences’ headphones, a story was told: the voice of a young inner-city girl told of a future where rising sea levels engulfing distant lands seemed like a novelty… until the realities of climate disaster were at our own door here in Ireland.

The future is RISING

Following on from the installation at Dublin Theatre Festival, RISING will facilitate creative public workshops and programmes for residents in the Docklands area, building on the ideas and experiences gathered from conversations with the local community, scientists, and academics on the subject of climate change and its potential impact in the locale. 

The project will inspire actions that the local community can take to lower carbon consumption in the area. They will share their experiences through video, empowering people in the community to become both actors and leaders in climate change.

Find out more about the Creative Climate Action Fund projects.


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