Sunday 21 December 2014

Shy individuals get to unmask their feelings

Caitrina Cody

Published 14/08/2009 | 00:00

HUNDREDS of people will wear white masks as part of a spectacle to encourage shy citizens to speak their minds.

Anyone in Dublin's Temple Bar next Wednesday will see the exhibition as part of a drive to promote public debate.

The event is the brainchild of Trinity College student Dylan Haskins (22), pictured above, who wants the people of Dublin to speak without restraint.

"Many Irish people can get very nervous when it comes to speaking their mind openly," said Dylan, who yesterday helped launch 'Culture and the City -- The Debate'.

He said that everybody who entered Meeting House Square in Temple Bar had to wear an identical white mask, so that all participants in the debate would be anonymous.

"What we ask is that people leave their associations behind, be it business, political, friendship or otherwise and speak as individuals," said Mr Haskins, from Deansgrange, curator of the debate.

The public debate will take place next Wednesday at 6.30pm. No tickets are required and more information can be found at www.templebar.ie.

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