Japanese born, Dublin based DJ Emmy has become an integral part of Dublin’s music community, but unfortunately Emmy was only allowed to remain in Ireland under her college VISA, and the Irish government have declined Emmy’s application to stay under a work permit. Please sign the petition to make your voice heard that Emmy should be allowed to remain in Ireland.

Dublin based Emmy has made a massive impact on Dublin’s music and film communities. The Japanese born DJ and film guru, has become a regular at venues such as Izakaya, Wigwam, The Sugar Club, Hens Teeth, Luckys and more. Bringing not only a bubbly and warm personality but a sheer love for music and DJing.

Emmy has held down a residency with DDR and flung herself into as many projects in Dublin as she could during her time in college here. Emmy has become a vital cog in so many cultural hubs in Dublin, and her loss would be felt throughout our arts communities.

You might be asking, as The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, what does this have to do with me? Well, a single person can make such a big difference to culture and arts in a city, and Emmy is surely one of those people. One night recently when there was tourists from the UK at one of the nights Emmy was DJing, they remarked at how brilliant her set was and how they have nothing like that in their city, and how rare and wonderful it is to encounter someone who has mastered the craft of spinning records of the Japanese greats. Emmy also runs an amazing blog in Japanese, for Japanese audiences, to highlight her experience in Ireland and all of the things she has done HERE. This blog helps to promote interest in visiting Ireland for Japanese tourists, a place that is less known about than some of our bigger neighbours. 

As Dublin begins to become more and more unrecognisable as the cultural institution it once was, we’re now facing the deportation of someone who has willingly injected so much soul and life into an otherwise deflating city.

If you have a few spare minutes, please sign the petition HERE.

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