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summer SING! allows us to bring some of the flair and freedom of our international programmes home. With fresh eyes we have looked at our city in the south of Ireland, Cork, and shaped a programme for our children which captures our love for singing and our strong pride of place.

summer SING! is a week-long inclusive children’s arts festival which sees 300 children (aged from 6 to 14 years) and 150 professional and volunteer staff (aged from 14 to 66 years) embrace the rich heritage and culture of Cork City while nurturing their natural singing ability. This summer SING! Festival Community represents and celebrates Cork City’s racial, social and cultural diversity.

summer SING! is a key cultural component of Cork City’s children’s arts provision with international reputation for social, cultural and artistic best-practice. summer SING! features child-focused and culturally appropriate music, structured to facilitate layered learning so that all can perform to the best of their ability. Open rehearsals demonstrate the accumulation of learning and the festival-week features pocket and large-scale performances. All performances are free and open to the public with full details to be found on the summer SING! Festival App due to be launched June 2017.

Our young SINGING! citizens experience public spaces as never before as they engage in rehearsal and performance as viewed by a large and varied audience. Vocal expression is paired with civic engagement and cultural exploration and summer SING! animates Cork City’s cultural and civic sphere and exudes community festivity and artistic and operational excellence.

For regular updates and information LIKE summer SING! on Facebook www.facebook.com/summersingcork and to be part of summer SING! go to www.summersing.ie or phone or text +353 (0)87 709 6811. All places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

summer SING! is produced by ARTlifeCULTURE in partnership with Music Generation Cork City, in collaboration with Cork City’s cultural, education and inclusion sectors, and further supported by the Arts Council, Cork City Council Social Inclusion Unit, Cork City Council Arts Office, University College Cork School of Music and Theatre, University College Cork International Office and the Association of Irish Choirs.

 ARTlifeCULTURE’s child and youth-centred approach emphasises equality of access and quality of process and guarantees excellence and innovation in collaborative international children’s and youth arts initiatives.