Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Junction Festival Cafes

Just back from a quick survey of the Junction Festival cafes.
This is an initiative where the organisers took over 5 vacant units in the town, turning them into themed cafes for the duration of the festival.
There are 5 cafes.
The Canine Cafe, in Market Place, is billed as “an urban social space for both species with canine and human cuisine, beds and chairs, water bowls, tea & coffee and a reading library.

This café only allows humans under dog supervision… otherwise you may glance at proceedings from a viewing area. This is a visual art project, a living studio, a social experiment and an inter-species meeting place all under one roof for the ten days of the Festival.”
It smelled a bit, but then most dog-lovers probably would not mind.

Next up was The Break Station.

This is billed as “A relaxed and vibrant space to chill out; a room full of dancers of different styles…..You can watch the action, be part of it, take a lesson or just chill out and relax and hang out with your gang and listen to some new tunes. Take a class in street dance styles such as krumping, house dance and old skool hip hop.”

Local dancers will collaborate with Upswing over the festival period to teach and curate the café with open mic sessions, dance classes and live dance events and performances.

This smelled a bit too 8), but again, not in a way that dedicated dancers would be unacquainted with!

The Writing Room where “writers, readers and booklovers of all age and size are invited to drop in for a selection of literature related activities” was busy when I called in, with a workshop underway discussing writing for film. About 20 people were engaged in discussion.

Whispering, so as not to interrupt, the staff offered me coffee, but time constraints meant I could not stay.
This looks like a nice Cafe, the setting in the old Angela’s Coffee Shop is good. I will revisit.

Shrine is on Mitchel St, and is based around the creation of a contemporary "Shrine”, in the form of a small Wooden House. The Shrine will be made up of donated jewellery, beads, broken chains, earrings, bangles and whatever people offer to be used for such the piece. Artist Patricia Looby (from Fethard originally) is putting it all together.

I did not get to the Robinsons’ Sunday Roadshow Cafe, which attempts to re-create life as lived by a northern Baptist family who moved to Dublin in the 1960’s. I will do at some stage.

All Cafes are open 11am-7pm form 4th-11th July incls. (except Sunday 2-5pm).

Anyone else with any views on the Junction Festival?


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