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Lively and colourful Dublin host city for Radiodays Europe 2014

DUBLIN.  What do we associate with this city?  What will we experience there 23 - 25 March 2014?

Pubs, folk and pop music

Certainly brown pubs on each corner with dark Guiness beer.  And Irish folk music: The Dubliners did a lot for spreading the taste for it  in the 50 years from the 1960ies on-wards.  But Irish music is much more – think of Bono, the front figure of the Irish rock band U2 , Sinead O’Connor and The Boomtown Rats just to mention some.

Great litterature

To others Dublin is the city of the great authors.  Nobel prize laureates like George Bernhard Shaw and Samuel Beckett.  Oscar Wilde.  But above all Dublin is known as the location of the greatest works of James Joyce.  Ulysses is set in Dublin and is full of topical details.  And Dubliners is a collection of short stories by Joyce about incidents and typical characters of the city during the early 20th century.

Young culture

Dublin has a vibrant nightlife and is reputedly one of Europe's most youthful cities, with an estimate of 50% of citizens being younger than 25.  The best known area for nightlife is Temple Bar, south of the River Liffey.  The area has developed as Dublin's cultural quarter and does retain this spirit as a centre for small arts productions, photographic and artists' studios, and in the form of street performers and small music venues.

The Celtic Tiger

Dublin has had its ups and downs.  It started as a Viking settlement.  Grew to 130.000 inhabitants in the 17th century and was for a brief periode the second largest city in the British Empire and the fifth largest city in Europe.  Emerged as ”The Celtic Tiger” in 1995-2000 with an annual growth in GDP of 10%. 
In between the highlights there have been tougher times.  Growth decreased to 5% after the Millennium and to 14% contraction in the economic crisis from 2008. 

Host city for Google, Facebook and Twitter

But Dublin has emerged through the crisis as a city looking bright into the future.  European headquarters and/or operational bases have been established here for companies like the three above and Microsoft, Amazon, eBay, PayPal, Yahoo!, Intel and Hewlett-Packard.

Enthusiastic and creative radio colleagues

In addition to all the elements above, great local partners are among the major reasons for inviting good colleagues from the European radio industry to Ireland.  RTE is the public service broadcaster with roughly 30% of the market.  IBI is the association of commercial radio in Ireland with 60%.  And BBC Northern Ireland is joining the team of local partners who have welcomed Radiodays Europe to Ireland and Dublin with great enthusiasm and creativity. 

You can all really look forward to see how they will help us colour and enhance the Radiodays Europe Dublin experience with a truly Irish style and flavour in a variety of ways!

Welcome to Radiodays Europe in Dublin!

Ticket sales open 28 October.