Archive for August 7th, 2009

2008 ZeBBies Awards Report

7th August 2009 by Maura McHugh

A .pdf document of the 2008 ZeBBies Awards Report is now available to download from the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild web site.

The ZeBBies are the annual awards created by the Guild – named in honour of O. Z. Whitehead – to acknowledge the best scripts written by Irish playwrights and screenwriters during the previous year.

From compiling the list of all work commissioned for the film, radio, theatre and television in Ireland each year the Guild is able to offer valuable information about the state of the industry. The 2008 report marks the second year this data was gathered: from July 2007 – July 2008, which is before the advent of the current recession.

Next year’s report will undoubtedly reflect Ireland’s economic downturn.

Fit for purpose?

7th August 2009 by Maura McHugh

Exchange Dublin in association with Temple Bar Cultural Trust are organising Culture and the City – The Debate: “Is this City fit for purpose?”

Speaking about the event Lorraine Maye, Cultural Projects Manager at Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) said ‘We are delighted to host this event on Meeting House Square; a fresh, bold new take on traditional debate formats and a timely opportunity for people to have their say about culture in Dublin. All are welcome and we would encourage everyone to come along, participate in and experience what promises to be a lively, informative and fun event.’

All audience members, invited guests and crew will be required to wear a white upper face mask upon passing a screen at the entrance to Meeting House Square and all will remain anonymous throughout. This theatrical experiment aims to break down some of the barriers that exist to real discussion and debate, using anonymity to encourage people to give their truthful opinions.

Posing the question ‘Is this City fit for purpose?’, Dylan Haskins of Exchange Dublin and Debate Curator says ‘In a city like Dublin where everyone knows everyone, this event is an opportunity for people to say what they really feel as users of the city without worry of who it might offend. The only thing we ask is that people leave their associations behind, be it business, political, friendship or otherwise and speak as individuals.’

This event will take place in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar on Wednesday August 19th at 6.30pm (gates open at 6pm), a landmark outdoor public space in Dublin city centre which for one week only, from Sunday 16th – Sunday 23rd August, will be equipped with a marquee roof covering. Join us as we bring the debate out into the open!

This is a free event and does not require tickets – just come along!