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At Home Alone

19 May - 20 May

Dublin Dance Festival and The Ark present a family show for ages 6+ from Balletto di Roma (Italy)

At Home Alone

Dance Workshop: Balletto di Roma

20 May

This fun dance workshop for ages 6+ will be led by Roberta Racis from Balletto di Roma based on their show At Home Alone.

Dance Workshop: Balletto di Roma

Schools: Instrument and Music Making Workshop

7 Jun - 14 Jun

In this hands-on and creative workshop with musician Shane Mc Kenna, your class will create their own instruments.Then mixing these and other classroom instruments, you will be introduced to Dabbledoo’s free online tools that use shapes, colours and animation to get everyone playing together.

Schools: Instrument and Music Making Workshop

Early Years Workshops: Making Music Together

10 Jun - 17 Jun

In this workshop for the very young and their grown-ups, let us introduce you to an exciting new way to make music together as a family using shapes, colours and animation.

Early Years Workshops: Making Music Together

Interactive Installations: Music, Movement & Light

10 Jun - 25 Jun

Free Entry! Discover 3 fascinating and quirky electronic sound installations by composer Jonathan Nangle:

Interactive Installations: Music, Movement & Light

Schools: Songwriting & Digital Tools Workshop

15 Jun - 22 Jun

Your class will learn and discover how to write original songs with the support of music technology tools in this up-to-the-minute workshop led by the Songschool musicians Peter Baxter and Kevin Carrick.

Schools: Songwriting & Digital Tools Workshop

Concert: Shakespeare’s Music Mix

23 Jun - 24 Jun

Let The Gregory Walkers take you on an fun and cheeky journey through the great bard’s lifetime using a ‘Top 20’ of the Shakespearean music that featured in his plays – complete with pirates, treasure maps and villains!

Concert: Shakespeare’s Music Mix

Early Year’s Music: Out of the Door of The Ark

24 Jun

Join Ark favourites Nico Brown and Martin Brunsden for an early years performance of songs, imaginative sound play, unusual instruments and a little bit of joyful chaos! Perfect for Ages 2-6.

Early Year’s Music: Out of the Door of The Ark

Test Drive an Instrument!

24 Jun - 25 Jun

Free Entry! Have a go at playing different kinds of music on one of a range of instruments and styles at these fun drop-in sessions for beginners.

Test Drive an Instrument!

Discovery Trail: Music Rooms

24 Jun

A chance to get a taste of 3 fresh music performances for families at an early stage whilst getting to see a number of behind-the-scenes buildings and spaces in Temple Bar.

Discovery Trail: Music Rooms

Hip-Hopping, Toe-Tapping Trad with JIGGY!

25 Jun

Mixing traditional Irish dance tunes and hip-hop beats from the 1990s, this fun and unusual family gig promises “serious toe-tap-ability.” Don’t miss this truly unique 8-piece music collective.

Hip-Hopping, Toe-Tapping Trad with JIGGY!

The Beautiful Beasts Exhibition!

1 Jul - 27 Aug

Free Entry! Visit a weird and wonderful collection of animal sculptures. Along with a brand new limestone seal, amongst these quirky, lovable animals you will find a flying horse, a tortoise with a secret story and a toucan in disguise!

The Beautiful Beasts Exhibition!

Creative Writing & Special Educational Needs

3 Jul - 7 Jul

This inspiring course aims to empower teachers to approach creative writing in the English curriculum with a greater self-confidence and expertise. Published writer, poet and primary school teacher Nell Regan will deliver course content that will develop and enhance your skills, helping you to build a resource of new ideas and approaches to literacy that is focussed on directly improving pupils’ learning outcomes.

Creative Writing & Special Educational Needs

Early Years: Enchanting Transformations

20 Jul - 5 Aug

Artist Jane Groves will bring you and your little one into a world where magical creatures can transform from animal into human.

Early Years: Enchanting Transformations

Visual Art Workshops: Animal Shapeshifters!

22 Jul - 13 Aug

This is your chance to work with artist and shape-shifter, Jole Bortoli, who will help you explore the world of animals through drawing and painting, 3D construction, and sculpting.

Visual Art Workshops: Animal Shapeshifters!

Teacher’s Course: A Visual Arts Approach

14 Aug - 18 Aug

Due to popular demand, we are delighted to be presenting this course for the fourth year in a row. This hands-on, creative course focuses on a visual arts approach to exploring narrative, literacy & other subjects.

Teacher’s Course: A Visual Arts Approach

Teacher’s Course: Creative Music & Drama

21 Aug - 25 Aug

Following the huge success in 2013 and 2016, we are excited to present this engaging arts summer course focussing on the two curriculum areas of Drama and Music.

Teacher’s Course: Creative Music & Drama