Velo-city 2019 - arts programmes

Dublin City Council announces series of arts programmes to support Velo-city 2019 International Cycling Conference

  • Dublin City Council funding several creative arts projects to encourage the public to think creatively about cycling in the city
  • Projects including visual performances, workshops and artwork will feature in upcoming Bike Parade event on June 26th

Dublin City Council is supporting several creative arts programmes around the city as part of the Velo-city 2019 International Cycling Conference which takes place from the 25th – 28th June 2019.

These arts programmes, designed to be inclusive for all, will be showcased around the city during the conference, with the aim of encouraging people of Dublin to think creatively about cycling and to explore how cycling has become part of Dublin culture.

The programmes include:

  • Stewart Parker’s play, Spokesong; the opening scenes of this play will be performed at the Convention Centre Dublin as the Velo-city delegates set off on Velo-city Bike Parade on June 26th. The award-winning play, which is centred around a bike shop, is a celebration of the history of the bike as a democratic force. Actors will continue the performance on route on a tandem bike and on a mobile stage towed by a bicycle accompanied by a live piano!
  • The Freedom Machine; a concept developed by Donna Cooney, celebrates the important historical role of bicycles for suffragettes and the part they played in the emancipation of women. In the weeks leading up to Bike Parade, women are participating in workshops preparing hand crafted suffragette banners and sashes which will be then worn during the Bike Parade.
  • ‘Listening to the City’ will give an alternative view on the everyday spaces of Dublin’s citizens. Artist Michelle Browne has commissioned three writers to guide citizens and visitors of Dublin through the city on wheels. Each audio guide will look at the city from a different perspective, with audio guides being available to download from SoundCloud.
  • Well Spun Tales will host a storytelling night for cyclists, for non-cyclists, and the bike-urious on 26th June in A4 Sounds studio, which will discuss Dublin city from a cyclist’s perspective, profiling people from non-typical communities and backgrounds in order to show the broad appeal of cycling in Dublin city
  • Series of cycling artwork in Dublin City; Dublin City Council Environment & Transportation Department in partnership with Dublin Canvas has issued a call out for submissions of cycling related artwork to be displayed on traffic boxes around the city. The project aims to promote cycling as a mode of transport in the city and to get people thinking about cycling in new and creative ways, and these will be showcased across the city.
  • ‘The Citizen Cycle’; curated by artist Michelle Browne, the Citizen Cycle puts the citizens at the heart of the conversation around cycling and infrastructure in the city. Three artists have worked with different communities to develop a series of public performances and visual artworks that will be presented during the Velo-city Bike Parade. Michelle will give talks on the Citizen Cycle in the Red Stables following the Bike Parade. 

Commenting on the arts programme launch, Dr. Margarita Cappock, Dublin City Council Assistant City Arts Officer said; "With the exploration of cycling through a series of dynamic, artistic programmes, we want to highlight the impact that cycling has on the city. Ranging thematically from the historical to the contemporary, these events demonstrate how cycling brings communities together in an inclusive, creative and collaborative manner."

The Bike Parade is one of the social activities that Dublin City Council has organised as part of the Velo-city Conference. The parade will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday the 26th of June, where delegates and members of the public will travel along the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) cycle route - one of Dublin City Council’s and the National Transport Authority’s flagship cycling projects, towards St. Anne’s Park.

The Velo-city conference is the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) annual global cycling summit and it is the world’s largest conference dedicated to cycling, cycling infrastructure, bicycle innovations, bicycle safety, and the social and cultural changes driven by cycling on a global scale. Delegates attending the conference will be involved in the areas of delivering safe cycling facilities, technology, health, behavioural change, urban and infrastructure policies and mobility.