These questions relate to the Upstart Pop-Up Park, to open in August 2013.
Q. Where will the Pop-Up Park be located?
A. The park will be in Dublin City Centre. It will be situated in a vacant plot on Dominick Street, Dublin 1, in front of the Ilac centre on Parnell Street.
Q. When will the Pop-up Park open and how long will it be open for?
A. The park will open on the 22nd August and will be open for 1 month.
Q. How much will it cost to enter the park?
A. Like all great parks, it’ll be completely free to enter. We invite everyone to come and enjoy this unique and temporary experience. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Q. Who’s behind the Pop-up park?
A. The park is being developed and coordinated by the Upstart Collaborative, a limited company that aims to promote the power of creativity in Ireland. Upstart have teamed up with many great organisations, companies and individuals to bring the park to reality.
Q. How is the initiative funded, and where will the money go?
A. The park is a completely voluntary project, and is being supported by a crowdfunding campaign and in-kind support by our partners and other organisations and institutions. The majority of our budget will go towards materials to construct the park and health, safety & security features.
Q. Can anyone get involved? If so, how?
A. Are you inspired by this project? Would you like to get involved? We would love you to join us to help make our dream a reality. We need all types of volunteers, from people who’d like to share their professional skills with us, to others who just wish to escape their normal jobs and get their hands dirty. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a clear description of how you wish to get involved and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Q. What’s the point? Why build the Pop-Up park?
A. We’re passionate about inspiring creativity in Ireland. We wish to create a space and a platform for Irish creativity to flourish. We’d like to insert this creativity into an area of the city that is currently unused – that isn’t realising it’s potential at the moment. With this project we aim to create a replicable and scalable model for developing empty spaces in creative ways for the benefit of community.
Ultimately, our mission is to highlight the importance of creativity and ingenuity when society is in need of direction and solutions, and to emphasise the value of the arts to public life.