The successful partnership between Dundalk Institute of Technology’s BA (Hons) Applied Music programme and RehabCare Resource Centre, Carrol Village continues with nearly fifty performers taking the stage at the Mac Anna Theatre, DkIT on Wednesday 6 December at 7pm. This evening of original songs and music, which they have written together over the past two months, takes the theme of space as inspiration.
Following the successful Hear Our Voices concert in December 2015, there are multiple layers of meanings to be derived from the exploration of space in our project, metaphorically and physically. In our world of constant pressure, space is for everybody and not even gravity can keep us down!
This innovative partnership has benefits for all collaborators who engage collaboratively to understand each other and the challenge that we all face every day. RehabCare in Louth provides services such as resource centers and supported accommodation to more than 100 people with intellectual disabilities, enabling them to achieve their full potential and a better quality of life. The performers from RehabCare are well known to Dundalk audiences having put on many drama shows, poetry nights and even a feature film at the local cinema. They are currently working on another stage play based on William Shakespeare’s The Tempest that will tour Ireland in 2018.
The Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music present an annual series of performances and are committed to engaging with the community and proud of their collaborations with various local groups. For this project, all of the songs have been composed during workshop sessions in the music department at DkIT where six brand new bands have been formed and are now ready to share their creations with the world. As well as preparing for this live performance, the groups have been busy recording an album of material for imminent release.
The theme of this year’s concert is linked to the 2017 Global Science Opera and an ongoing European partnership in which the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music are involved in that focuses on STEAM education. The GSO connection is a legacy of DkIT’s engagement with the Erasmus+ funded projects IP CREAL (2011-2014) and SPACE (2015 to present) with partners in Norway, Belgium, Holland and Portugal. GSO began as a collaboration between several international projects, institutions and volunteer networks: The European Commission’s CREAT-IT project amongst other such organizations and now includes the European Space Agency who will host part of this year’s event to which DkIT will contribute.
Space for Everyone will be hosted by Paudie Breen and promises to have the crowd singing along with fantastic original songs written by people together here in Dundalk. Who knows, it may even inspire some of the audience to go home and pick up that old guitar or notebook themselves!
Tickets for the event are available from the performers and if you would like to find out more about the evening please call RehabCare Resource Centre on 0429328766 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 042 9370280.