Creating a Festival that Centres Accessibility

As part of our work this year to grow and deepen our engagement with our audience we have placed focus on improving the accessibility of our programming and our communications. We want to welcome everyone to experience the Open House Dublin Festival, however they choose to connect.

We have consciously sought to exclude as few communities as possible in being able to equitably experience the architecture of Dublin through the Open House Festival, either in person, or through our online programme. This practice and understanding will continue to inform all we do in the future to ensure we don’t unconsciously create barriers to inclusion. 

We hope you let us know how we did, and what else we should consider to support your participation in the future.

You can contact us at or by phone at +353 (0)1 8747203

What we are doing this year

  1. We’re delighted to be the first Irish partners of the global accessibility app aira which will be available for blind and people with low vision to support their research, booking experience, and visits to buildings. To register for this free service email ‘Open House Registration’ to
  2. We will be working with ISL interpreters over the Open House weekend to support in person tours where required
  3. The event listing information on the website for each building provides more details to support accessibility
  4. Our redesigned website seeks to meet criteria for accessibility such as colour  contrasts; screen readers; image descriptions; larger format texts; clearly labelled URL links and clearer booking system
  5. We redesigned our building registration and volunteer forms to encourage as much diversity in our programme and team this year, and to understand what supports people needed over the weekend to work with us
  6. We have provided recommendations to the architects and architecture firms making video walkthroughs of their buildings, where in-person tours have not been possible.  These recommendations include using smooth camera movements to support neurodiverse people, visual descriptions for the speakers and advice on lighting and graphics
  7. A number of places have been set aside this year for Blind, low vision and d/Deaf participants to support road-testing of our accommodations to ensure they are fit  for purpose
  8. This year’s Big Debate will be live captioned and ISL interpreted
  9. Our Site Specific films will be captioned