The Smithfield Summer Picnics, a free event series, take place every Sunday in Smithfield Square, running until the end of September.

Smithfield Summer Picnics is the initiative of local community group BlueFire, who also run a free arts festival in the area each September. The idea behind the picnics is to encourage more people to use Smithfield Square as a community and recreational space.

The summer picnics are aimed at the 16-30 year age group, but also families with children living in and around the Smithfield and Stoneybatter areas. There will be of a calendar of free workshops, live music and games, with at least two activities per week taking place each Sunday throughout the summer.

Research in 2009 identified Smithfield Square as the most underutilised public space in North West Inner City Dublin. Current word-of-mouth suggests that it’s the most underutilised public space in all of Inner City Dublin. With this in mind, we are delighted to be collaborating with locals in creating Smithfield Summer Picnics that bring the community together in Smithfield Square on a weekly basis,” said BlueFire CEO Keren Jackson.

Smithfield Summer Picnics 2015
What I particularly love about this is the aim to bring people from all cultures together at these picnics, something ever so important with some parts of the North Inner City having a population of 40% migrants,” added Jackson.

Smithfield Summer Picnics are happening in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7, every Sunday until 27th September 2015, running from 12 midday to 3pm. Everyone in the area is being encouraged to bring a picnic, join in and enjoy Smithfield Square on Sundays this summer! And if you are interested in helping out, either by volunteering to help organise the picnics or by participating as an artist, please contact BlueFire.

Smithfield Summer Picnics in Dublin
Game time at Smithfield Summer Picnics 2015
Smithfield Summer Picnics
Smithfield Square
Dublin 7

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Lead image © Irish i; all other images courtesy BlueFire


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