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The old City Arts Building, once a hub of collaborative arts projects, has been left vacant for the past 9 years. Like so many other well known buildings, and half of the country’s new estates, it has now fallen under the control of NAMA.
We want to turn the old City Arts building into an independent space which can be used by anyone to organize workshops, talks, screenings, gigs, and much more.
We are interested in working with groups who need space to develop and expand on educational and cultural projects. Over the next few months we will be engaging with individuals, groups and projects across Dublin and beyond to build the campaign.
OUR CAMPAIGN DEMANDS
- Change the NAMA legislation- make buildings available to citizens for social and cultural projects.
- Open up the old Dublin City Arts Building as an educational and cultural space managed collectively by the citizens, independent of private or state institutions.
As concerned citizens, we no longer wish to see our spaces withdrawn from us under the false pretense of NAMA. It is time to act. We believe it is up to the people to take charge of their city. We are a grassroots campaign and believe that change happens through people power and direct action. We are only a small number writing this but the need to do something against the rising tide of cuts and
austerity can be felt by everybody.
We are constantly being told that the state has no money for education, health care, community development or housing, but we know the state has at least one resource in abundance: empty buildings. These buildings are kept by NAMA in the hope that the property market will recover. Not only is this unrealistic it is also wrong. We want to put an end to this artificial scarcity: there is no justification for maintaining empty publicly-owned buildings.
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