To celebrate the arrival of one of the world’s greatest cycling events to Dublin on the 11thMay; Dublin City Council is delighted to announce an exciting programme of free cycling-themed cultural events throughout Dublin City from 2nd - 11th May.
Highlights include Blink, a music installation created by cycling bells in St. Anne’s Park, Raheny; pop-up art installation Modius Release with recreations of Marcel Duchamp’s Bicyle Wheel mounted throughout the city; and homages to the world of two wheels with Opera in the Open featuring L'Elisir D'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti and Meeting House Square cycling themed movie classics The Bicycle Thieves and Breaking Away.
Why not hop on your bike and take a two wheeled look at the city – Café Rothar will pink your bicycle with pop up biking performances to keep you entertained whilst you wait. Or try taking one of the alternative tours of Dublin with LeCool, join the last leg of the Giro to support Oxfam or even join Bealtaine over 50’s cycling ‘gang’! For those with wobbly wheels, Borza will be offering tours that highlight the links between Ireland and Italy; the Irish Writers Centre will be celebrating cycling in literature, while the museums and galleries of the city have created A Glimpse of Italy a self guided tour highlighting the influence of Italian culture in art and culture.
Be sure to look up and keep an eye out for Dublin landmarks turning pink, cycling quotes projected onto buildings, bespoke pink Giro signage and tweet your favourite images using the hash tag #PinktheCity.
Commenting on the programme of cultural events, Dublin City Arts Officer Ray Yeates said: “Artists are by nature interested in everything, and Giro d’Italia has provided the raw material for some very creative ideas. This is an opportunity to see the race and its relationship to Dublin in new ways with a special emphasis on families, fun and the Italian heritage in our midst Avanti!”