In a wonderful show of kindness, La Mansarda this year has raised funds for People in Cooperation (PIC), a group that's all about coming together for global good. Founded in 2014, PIC believes in teaming up for shared development, making sure everyone gets equal access to healthcare, no matter who they are.
La Mansarda's support for PIC shows how the arts can bring communities together for a common cause. Creativity, whether in art or generosity, knows no boundaries.
After one year, eight events in six locations, 42 performances by 34 acts, and countless trays of tiramisu – the 27th of November marked a special day, being the ninth event of La Mansarda, the final event of the year to which all musicians, dancers, poets and comedians that had performed in 2022 were invited to again share a piece of their work at the Cobblestone on Smithfield Square. An overwhelming amount of exquisite talent ran through the veins of the room this evening, making everyone inside feel the pulsating energy of inspiration.
It’s not often that you find a place to perform that feels like home; like everyone is there to hear and see what you have to share and wants to be there. And it is this want and willingness to experience that brings out the very best in the performers.
That’s what La Mansarda does for people.
In September La Mansarda returned to the venue I had first seen it take place, Third Space in Smithfield Square, and I was delighted that this would be the strange and cozy stage I would get to perform on as well.
The first performance was preceded, after the traditional technical delays, by a short video presentation explaining the work that the PIC organisation is doing in supporting health care access in South American countries.
This month’s event of La Mansarda was a special one – as they always are, but on the 28th August, you would find yellow signs with pointing arrows spread along the street, pointing toward the Think Punk Studios in Bluebell. Hiding in the industrial area outside the city center, the location was harder to find and get to than previous ones, but to everyone making the effort to come and enjoy an evening of arts, it would prove to be a hundred percent worth it. A lovely spacious room greeted performers and audience, and gave space to a brightly lit stage, even featuring a theatre fog machine.
The sun shone on the last day of summer, although the beach was not meant to be - this time. But where logistics can fail us, art never does. On Sunday 31st July, La Mansarda migrated last minute to the wonderful setting of MVP, an eclectic pub nestled by the canal that generously allowed the show to go on. And go on it certainly did.
On the 26th of June, multiple layers of instruments and voices harmonized at La Mansarda’s 4th gig and drained the sound of heavy rain hitting the windows. MVP, this month’s venue, offered clear acoustics and comfortable seating on cosy chairs, completing the Irish pub experience.
It’s easy to get carried away by the busy currents of life. During the week, we delve into work, chores, and responsibilities. Sometimes, your mind gets stuck in between the different tasks.
But on Saturday, the 28th of May, La Mansarda pulled us back onto the shore of its little artistic isle by the strings of music.
While April with its showers sweet was piercing the drought of March to the roots, a group of Dublin artists gathered under the sheltering roof of Connolly Books for the second installment of La Mansarda’s indoor gigs.
We threw a fantastic shindig at Ligia's place for our first event! The house was decked out with cool lighting, cozy plants, and the best part – lots of smiling friends. We had some seriously talented Irish musicians rocking the place all night.
This blog is written by members of the La Mansarda community who have participated in our events both as performers and audience members. So, dive in and experience the unique perspectives of those who make up our vibrant community.