Any day in axis Ballymun is filled with potential. That’s what makes working in the arts and in a community as vibrant as Ballymun so special. For me arts, culture and creativity is about people, about ideas, about synergies and most importantly about listening – really listening.
axis is all about this, about creating a space where people can be entertained, try out new ideas in a safe environment, meet, discuss, and come to the heart of the northside to make magic.
I have had the pleasure of working in Ballymun, with a great staff, community, artists, and a multitude of stakeholders for nearly 12 years now, and I can safely say that no two days in all that time has ever been the same. 2016 is a very special year for us; as well as being the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising (which holds a special resonance for the community with the now departed seven towers named after the proclamation signatories), it’s also our 15th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the first families moving into the Ballymun estate.
To mark this special year we have called our programme ‘Dream Out Loud’ and are inviting everyone to join us and say yes to creativity. This is our campaign to highlight and celebrate the importance of culture and the arts to us all, in our homes, communities, towns and cities.
In reality, this translates into thousands of people visiting our theatre to watch and participate in an array of different events: bands rehearsing in our music studios, over 50 local women joining a new season of our Threads project, our axis Women In Dance programme (this particular project is poised to go citywide), young people taking part in our new youth residencies, mentorships and training programme, a cross-border youth arts project with schools from North Dublin and Omagh… And that’s just for starters. We truly hope our programme this year will highlight axis as a resource available to the city as a whole.