Tuesday 27 September 2016

East versus West in battle to be most cultural

Published 22/05/2015 | 02:30

Choreographer Emer Walsh (centre) with her dancers on Dublin’s Henry Street in honour of Yeats 2015 and Dublin’s bid to be European Capital of Culture 2020. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall
Choreographer Emer Walsh (centre) with her dancers on Dublin’s Henry Street in honour of Yeats 2015 and Dublin’s bid to be European Capital of Culture 2020. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall

East versus West? The Abbey versus the Druid? Temple Bar versus the Latin Quarter?

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Get set for the clash of the Titans and an explosion of peacock plumage as the Capital takes on the 'Cultural Capital' Galway in a bid to become the European City of Culture 2020.

Not to mention the fact that Limerick wants a second bite of the cherry, following on from holding the title last year and that the South-East has also launched its own bid.

Dublin launched its bid with an eight-hour-long 'dance party' on Henry Street using the Yeats-inspired catchphrase, "Bodies that Can Never Tire: The Whole City Must Dance, the Whole City Must Bid."

The line-up included rap, salsa and poetry and the event saw Henry Street become the focus of a lunchtime flash mob, with hundreds of shoppers joining in the boogie.

Irish Independent

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