Friday, September 24, 2010

Open House, Open Archive

If you've ever wondered what goes on in the IFI Irish Film Archive, you might be interested in our new series of public tours. Starting on the 9th of October, as part of the Irish Architectural Foundation's Open House event and continuing in November and December, we are giving members of the public the opportunity to see what goes on behind closed doors. We've been trying to increase awareness of the important work the Archive does and raise its profile within the IFI building. You may have noticed our Archive exhibitions in the IFI foyer and outside Cinema 3 which we hope will remind people that the IFI is much more than just a Cinema and Café Bar; it's a dynamic cultural institute with a range of important education and archive activities going on behind the scenes.

In addition to the Archive tour as part of Open House, O'Donnell and Tuomey (the architects responsible for the initial design of the IFI and also the recent redevelopment) will  be giving tours of the main IFI building. Special screenings from the Archive’s collections will take place in the IFI’s new Cinema 3 and feature Gael Linn’s Amharc Eireann newsreel footage of the Abbey Theatre and Liberty Hall under construction, as well as of other buildings in this year’s Open House Dublin. All tours and screenings are free but tours must be booked in advance. To book your place on the Archive tour email

For more information on Open House, please visit

Kasandra O'Connell
Head of IFI Irish Film Archive

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