Incorporating elements of the city which have become staples of le cool content such as pop-ups, new collectives and initiatives, we are hoping to share these 'of the moment' living culture experiences. The continually evolving two-hour tour will reflect the now and engage with people behind initiatives which are reshaping the city in vibrant and meaningful ways. Find out about DIY culture, street art, fashion, emerging music and literature, artists, hidden historical gems and the latest trends.
Internationally le cool prides itself on its recommendations and insights being offered as if by a friend. The le cool Dublin tour will model itself on this motto offering an insider take on our most recent cultural developments.
We are looking for your support to develop the tour and internationally promote Dublin as a destination of choice for contemporary cultural connoisseurs.
Where will your money go?
We've been working on this idea since last autumn and hope to have it reach fruition in the coming months. We want to make it the best tour that ever there was. However, developing and marketing this to our target market is both costly and time consuming. To this extent, your funding will help towards launching this tour in Ireland and abroad. We also want to be able to ensure we can include elements in the tour which highlight the very best that this city has to offer. Our aim is to further promote Dublin as a city of living culture.
le cool Dublin tour is being developed by Michael McDermott (publisher), Ciaran Walsh (editor) and Irene O'Brien. le cool Dublin is grateful to our host of wonderful writers, friends and readers.
Update posted on Tuesday 26th April '11 @ 11:04:38
Hey there - hope you all had a wonderful Easter break. We're on the final fundit countdown with the walking tour. Initially we were debating whether we should go for €2.5k or €4k and erred on the side of caution. However, with €3485 (139%) raised we might just reach our own initial target.
If there's any chance you could give one final push to alert people through word of mouth, facebook, twitter or whatever means possible we'd be really grateful. Hate to borrow a slogan but every little really does help in terms of what we have planned.
Otherwise, we'd like to thank fundit for this great new initiative, congratulate all the wonderful projects who have reached their target and are still in the race but most importantly thank you for stepping up to the mark and having faith in our capabilities. The weekly le cool Dublin e-zine will be back on May 5th with further details about the tour.
Thanks - Ciaran, Irene and Michael.
le cool Dublin walking tours
Update posted on Friday 15th April '11 @ 10:04:25
We awoke this morning to find that, incredibly, we had surpassed the 100% mark. We are overwhelmed by goodwill and generosity shown by so many people but in particular our 80+ funders to date.
Not only have you given the idea a seal of approval but you've inspired us to to work even harder on making these tours the best they can possibly be.
Now the challenge is to improve upon the initial idea, use this significant opportunity to break records and get as much support and awareness as possible.
Our initial thoughts were this might be a tour of interest to people in other cities but the more we think about it the more we realise this is as much, if not more, about our existing le cool readers in Dublin - making it even more thrilling and challenging.
Remember, though our project had reached 100%, that's the minimum we need to bring it to fruition - if we are offering rewards you want, keep pledging, it all adds to the quality of the finished project!
THANKS SO MUCH to all our funders, to those who tweeted, facebooked and spread the message far and wide.
We are looking forward to walking with you.
le cool Dublin
Update # 1: These boots were made for walking
Update posted on Tuesday 12th April '11 @ 04:04:41
In just under 5 days, we've reached over a quarter of our target goal. We'd like to sincerely thank all our funders to date. It reminds us in many ways of when we started le cool Dublin almost two years ago and relied upon the word-of-mouth to help get it out there. We still do. Working off a marketing budget of zero makes one inventive.
To those that have funded us to date, you really are the ambassadors/mascots doing the legwork for the walking tour. We really want to get this off the ground as soon as possible to allow everyone experience what we've been thinking of. If you get a chance to tell a friend or remind someone who might have won tickets to a gig or play through us, had their event publicised, caught a preview screening or our exhibition last summer – please, please whisper gently that this is their chance to say thanks for what we've done to date and support what we plan for the future. It's a small vote of confidence that can registered for as little as a fiver.
We've also realised that the 5 last days of our short timeframe target happen to fall around Easter weekend so we're under more pressure to get people behind the project this week.
These boots were made for walking! Come join and please persuade others to if you can.
Thanks - Ciaran, Irene and Michael.