Velo-City Arts Programmes
- 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.
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.