Winter Lights to return to Dublin City for third year in a row

by Dublin Gazette
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Dublin City Council has announced that their ‘Winter Lights’ campaign will return this Christmas – a must see for Dubliners this festive season!

Throughout December, 17 locations around the city will be transformed with colourful projections and lighting displays to bring a smile to our faces.

“Dublin is always a special place at Christmas time,” said the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu.

“There’s no doubt Christmas 2020 will be different to previous years but that doesn’t mean it will be any less magical. Winter Lights is becoming an important part of the Christmas tradition and personally I can’t wait to see some of Dublin’s most iconic buildings all lit up and sparkling. I think this year more than ever we all need a bit of Christmas cheer.”

4 new locations have been added to the list for this year: the Mater Hospital, Capital Dock, The Jeanie Johnston Ship, and CHQ Triumphal Arch.

Smithfield will also be getting an enhanced display this year, featuring photos of frontline workers to thank them for their contribution during the pandemic.

This is the 3rd year of ‘Winter Lights’, which has proved very popular with Dubliners and visitors in the past.

The eco-friendly ‘Winter Lights’ features 157,800 low power LEDs, 100 tonnes of equipment and 15,780 metres of cable. The lights that power some of the projections consume less than 80% of the energy of their traditional predecessors.

The ship sculpture at Sir John Rogersons Quay is all LED, using less electrical power than a domestic socket. City Hall is completely LED using a total of 3kw, which is the equivalent of about two dishwashers).

Dublin City Council Culture Company is working with community groups and artists across Dublin as part of this year’s Winter Lights to create 4 brand new artworks. The groups, made up of community organisations and individuals who have taken part in Culture Company programmes throughout the year, are working with artists to create their own artworks inspired by themes of community, hope, resilience, Christmas past and Dublin in winter.

This year’s community groups are Croft Nursing Home, Hollybrook Nursing Home, Henrietta Street Adult & Community Education Service (HACE), an over 55s movement group from Richmond Barracks and a group of individuals who met during lock down through The National Neighbourhood, a Culture Company programme. They are collaborating with artists Steve MacDevitt, Alan Dunne, Helen Barry, Ben Redmond and choreographer Aoife McAtamney.

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