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Party atmosphere with family fun days and free movies around THE CITY

qA festival atmosphere is being created around Dublin with signs being placed on the streets depicting more than 100 bicycle-related images.

qBusinesses have joined city council in 'pinking the city'. City Hall on Dame Street Civic Offices on Wood Quay and street sweeping vehicles have all been 'pinked'.

qSculptures based on Marcel Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel have been created by artist Aaron Lawless. They are being placed throughout the city loosely chained to bicycle stands.

q Merrion Square Park, where the Stage 3 finishes, is holding a family fun day on Saturday and Sunday. The park will also host the Cycle Show with stands promoting cycling in Ireland.

qIn keeping with the Italian theme, Dublin City Council will host a performance of Donizetti's Opera L'Elisir D'Amore in the Civic Offices on May 9 from 1pm. Admission free.

q Bicycle-themed movies will feature in the Giro Film Festival at Meeting House Square, with screenings at 10pm on May 10 and 11. Admission is free.

qThe Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane joins other museums and galleries to exhibit Italian art works during May. The National Gallery of Ireland, Collins Barracks, National Library of Ireland and IMMA are all participating.