Dublin City Council Hosts Night Time Economy Summit
Published on 1st December 2023
Dublin City Council hosted Night Time Economy Summit on 30th of November 2023 at the Project Arts Centre. The summit brought together key stakeholders, industry experts, and representatives to discuss the significance of the night time economy in Dublin and explore its sustainable growth.
Explaining the context, Cllr Tom Brabazon, Chairperson of the summit stated, "The Night Time Economy involves numerous sectors, stakeholders and people involved in working, participating and enjoying a diverse array of activities during evening, night and early morning hours. Recognizing the economic, cultural, and social value that the night-time economy brings, this summit served as a crucial platform for collaboration, innovation, and envisioning a better future night time economy in our city."
The NTE refers to economic or social activity that takes place between the hours of 6pm and 6am, covering a range of stakeholders and sectors including cultural activity, hospitality, sport, health, education, retail, festivals and entertainment. This activity is vitally important to Dublin and contributes to the city's cultural identity, economic vitality, and overall community well-being.
The event provided a platform for collaborative discussions on enhancing night time activities and experiences while addressing the diverse needs and interests of residents, businesses, and visitors. The summit featured insightful panel discussions led by industry thought leaders, policymakers, topic experts. Topics ranged from fostering a safe and inclusive night time environment, enhancing mobility, evolving regulations to embedding sustainability and circular economy practices throughout night time economy activities, venues, mobility and events. Attendees had the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about the challenges and opportunities associated with Dublin's night time economy.
Highlighting the importance of the night time economy in Dublin, Mary MacSweeney, Executive Manager of Culture, Recreation and Economic Services in Dublin City Council, stated, "Dublin's rich cultural heritage, diverse entertainment offerings, and welcoming spirit make it a unique and compelling destination after dark. This summit underscored the power of collaboration, as representatives from government, business, hospitality, and the cultural sector engaged in meaningful discussions about fostering a thriving and inclusive night time economy”
Dublin City Council recognizes the night time economy as a vital component of the city's identity and is committed to fostering a dynamic and inclusive environment for residents, businesses, and visitors alike. The Night Time Economy Summit served as a significant step towards supporting this, and also supporting the work of the night time economy national task force. The Council looks forward to sharing the insights provided at summit in order further enhance and shape the future of Dublin's night time economy.
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