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Proudly presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation, Open House Dublin is a free festival of architecture with 150+ guided tours and events taking place 7-15 October across the city and county.
Open House Dublin delights in and debates the everyday and energetic exchange between Dublin and the people who build it. Dublin is a city and county built of rooms, buildings, streets, railways, pitches, parks and more. Together, these built parts of Dublin shape and guide the public and private lives of nearly one and a half million people. In turn, Dublin is formed and changed by millions of individual imaginations, conversations, and ordinary, daily actions in the city, towns, and rural areas that together make up this diverse county. Through tours, talks, exhibitions, workshops, podcasts and more, Open House Dublin will reveal how Dublin and people reflect and depend on each other. When it comes to Dublin, we are in it, together.
The principle of coming together is especially relevant for this year’s festival, where for the first time all four local authorities are contributing buildings, knowledge, talent, and resources to opening up Dublin city and county to the public as never before. Explore your local area or somewhere new, with building and walking tours, talks, exhibitions, children’s activities and more in South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and Dublin City.
As a vibrant cultural festival, Open House Dublin reflects the human desire to get together to experience something extraordinary. Dublin is a city of stories. Our stories are part of who we are and what Dublin is, was and might become. When we gather, we draw together our experiences of living in this built environment and our imaginations and ambitions for the kind of city and society we want to live in.
The Irish Architecture Foundation is a member of both the Open House Worldwide network and Open House Europe, a 3-year European Commission-funded initiative for learning and exchange across 12 European open house organisations. As such, the IAF is hosting volunteers from Bilbao, Brno, Lisbon and Milan to help deliver this year’s Open House Dublin festival. With a focus on Building Futures Together and sustainability in 2023, Open House Europe invites a broader togetherness and ambition for the future – of Dublin, of Europe, and of our shared planet.
Visitors to Open House Dublin are invited to share Visual Stories (photos, videos max. 60s, drawings, etc.) related to the Building Futures Together theme for potential display in physical and virtual exhibitions around Open House Europe cities and a publication.
Read more and submit your Visual Story by 30 October for a chance to share it with Europe!