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Celebrating Birds in the City: Drop-in activities 23 Jun 2018

We unveil a lush new planted façade and entrance garden, transforming The Ark into a new green space to attract bird life, insects and flowers – with the design informed by the ideas and artworks created by local children.

As part of our activities for Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg, we are inviting you and your family to come and explore the building, encouraging you to get creative, dig in, and get your hands dirty during numerous drop-in activities. The building will be a hive of activity aimed to inspire children (and their grown-ups) to examine the variety of plant and animal life in the city.

Activities will run from 10.30-1.30pm and include:

  • Flower pot planting
  • Protein balls for birds
  • Make your own bird
  • Build a bird feeder
  • Make a bug motel

Throughout the day, from 10.30- 4pm, the building will also host an interactive gallery space with a display of artwork and designs produced by local children during workshop sessions with city greening experts Green Edge. These designs and ideas have been used by Green Edge to inform and inspire the design of The Arks entrance garden. This unique child led approach enables local children to create a lasting impact on their public cultural space in Temple Bar, creating a space that encourages birds and other wildlife into one of the busiest corners of the city.

About Cruinniú na nÓg

Cruinniú na nÓg is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to capture the ethos of Creative Ireland’s Creative Youth Pillar and is presented in partnership with Dublin City Council and RTÉ.

Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg is co-ordinated by the newly established Dublin City Council Culture Company through Dublin’s Culture Connects, an initiative which aims to connect Dubliners to their city through making and taking part in culture. (under development)