We at the Upstart collective are trying to win a prize fund of €10,000 for our next exciting project. We’re asking all our supporters, families & friends to donate a little something (between €1 & €5). The initiative with the most donations will win the Better Together prize fund.
Donate to Upstart here!
In order to receive the prize fund of €10,000 Upstart needs to receive the most unique donations (of €1 – €5) from individual donors by 5pm, November 25th.
What’s the plan?
This fund will be used to build a Pop Up Park in Dublin City Centre (a short term, 3-4 month installation) to highlight all that is good and beautiful in Ireland. Amongst other things (more below) the Pop up Park will host day and night outdoor theatre performances in wooden theatres built with the help of young teenagers from Dublin’s inner city and teenagers from disadvantaged loyalist areas of Northern Ireland.
How can you help?
Well, it’s straight forward enough…we are looking for a small donation of a few euro per person. We have entered the Better Together Giving Competition http://www.bettertogether.ie/. This comes with a €10,000 prize fund that will go to the cause that receives the most ‘unique donors’.
The Project (in a bit more detail)
The general ambition in this project is to put colour and creativity into an urban space that is vacant of anything…other than its potential of course.
· It would involve us planting an orchard (a little like this but a little softer on the seating- http://www.unionstreetorchard.org.uk/) and just in case you’re worried – the trees will be given a happy new home at the completion of the project!
· Grassy knolls to lie back and eat your packed lunch on (these are funny things- think sun loungers that are covered in grass, without the wet bums, they have a drainage system to take water away whilst the grass keeps green!)
· A theatre space for day & night performances (this would be an exciting space designed by professionals who have experience in large scale wooden constructions (a bit like at Burning Man and Electric Picnic). They will work with young teenagers from Dublin city centre and from disadvantaged loyalist areas of Northern Ireland in building something inspirational out of a material that is such an integral part of sectarian bonfires of July 14th- the humble wooden pallet.)
· Not to mention art of all sorts and the odd workshop & lecture thrown in for good measure. Block T (Vodafone Cultural Attraction of the Year 2011) has already voiced it’s support.
Please help us get this funding by giving a small donation today — we’ll keep you a spot on a grassy knoll in Dublin City Centre!
Just click the donate button below and either follow the suggested donations or decide your own: http://www.bettertogether.ie/content/upstart-arts-collective
Thanks so much for your support. We’re excited to be developing a new creative project with your help.