City of Dublin Winter Solstice Festival

Curator: Smashing Times Theatre Co.
Community Partner: Slí an Chroí
Medium: Festival
Website/Social Media: Smashing Times Theatre Co.   Winter Solstice Festival: 
Location: An Chroí Grangegorman campus & Smithfield Square
Commissioner: Grangegorman Development Agency, Public Art Working Group
Date: 21st December 2016
Per Cent for Art: Yes


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A community gathering on the darkest day of the year culminating in a colourful parade from Grangegorman campus to Smithfield Square.

The Winter Solstice Festival first arrived in Grangegorman in 2016 by Smashing Times and Slí An Chroí through ‘…the lives we live ’ Grangegorman Public Art programme. Since then, it’s become an annual event on the campus through an ongoing partnership with TU Dublin.


  • Artist Bios
    Smashing Times

    The Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality, incorporating Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company and Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble, is dedicated to the promotion, study and practice of the arts and equality. The Centre operates as a world class arts space and digital hub for artists, activists, communities and the general public across Ireland and internationally.

    It provides a resource service and a training and networking agency in relation to using high quality creative processes and collaborative arts practice to promote human rights and equality for all. The Centre produces an annual and multi- annual interdisciplinary arts programme with a focus on economic development, tourism, community infrastructure and education. All artistic mediums are supported with a focus on the performing and collaborative arts including theatre, film, visual arts, dance and music.

  • Associated Professionals

    Professionals associated for these respective projects include Mary Moynihan, writer, theatre and film maker and curator of the digital art exhibition; Niamh Clowry, associate curator and researcher; EM Creative, Digital Artist and Graphic Designer; Freda Manweiler, Producer, Mark Quin, Film Director and Editor, High Wire Ltd, Roisin McAtamney, Actor, Facilitator; Megan O’Malley, actor; Ann Sheehy, actor; Tamar Keane, Facilitator; Dr. Eric Weitz, Emeritus Assistant Professor, School of Creative Arts, Trinity College Dublin. The historian advising on the project was Sinead McCoole.