Mayor Chu: “The city should embrace clubbing as culture”
Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu, who is a member of the Government’s Night-time Economy Taskforce, has called on the city to re-evaluate the contribution of clubbing can make. She has slammed the fact that pubs are the city’s only late night offering to tourists. And she said the city should embrace clubbing as culture and as a way of bringing tourists to the city.
Mayor Chu said: “Clubbing is everything, it’s not just culture. It’s creativity, it’s fun, it’s mates. It’s business as well, and community, which is the most important thing.”
Chu recalled the glory days of the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival in the noughties, an event which attracted electronic music fans to the city from around the globe.
Chu talks in the film about how club culture is “just endless, it’s unrestricted”. She said the city should value its night-time culture, recalling the scene in the 1990s/2000s, when clubs ensured parts of the city had a flow and life, which is now lost.
“Night time culture is part of any city, adding to the sense of community, and fun, and something to offer instead of going out drinking.”
It also features one of the country’s most respected playwrights Phillip McMahon, cultural commentator Una Mullally, designer and clubber John Mangru and Gxrl Code founder Mona Lxsa.
McMahon, of the esteemed Thisispopbaby arts collective, says in the film: “I think on the dancefloors we all found our logical family, we found our tribe.
“A lot of the people I work with today I met on the dancefloors, that cathedral of dreams, the POD dancefloor.
“And we totally lost ourselves and discovered ourselves.” Clubbing, like other artforms, offers “the chance of understanding ourselves”, he says.
Andrea Horan and Dave Byrne from No More Hotels said: “We started NMH in a different time. When we were witnessing the eradication of spaces dedicated to dance. We wanted to encourage people to see clubbing for what it was – culture – and something you have to work hard to nurture and protect.