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Universal Children’s Day 2016 20 Nov 2016

Children #SeenANDHeard in Dublin for Universal Children’s Day! The Ark proudly presents two very special pieces of work representing the creativity, words and voices of children

Sunday 20 November is Universal Children's Day. To celebrate, we are broadcasting a brand-new short film called It's a Right! created by The Ark's Children's Council. We are also sharing What Music Is... a rap created by children to tell the world how important music is to them.

You can HEAR the film, along with our hugely popular Rutland Street Rap (recorded with children from Rutland NS) from 12pm. After dusk, the film will be on a loop on the big screen in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar - around 4pm – 9pm.

It’s a Right!
Created especially for Universal Children’s Day, The Ark Children's Council have created a short film called It's a Right! in response to the United Nation’s Charter on the Rights of the Child. They find more about their rights as laid out in the charter (including the right to "participate fully in cultural and artistic life"). They want every child in Ireland to know that they have rights.

The film was funded by Dublin City Council and led by The Ark Children’s Council made up of 15 children from neighbourhood primary schools in Dublin’s inner city working with Macalla Productions.

What Music is… The Rutland Street Rap
As part of Popular Music Week 2015 (our annual celebration of all things pop), we asked some of the children at Rutland National School what music means to them - and this is what they had to say!

The students of 1960s Rutland Street National School, Dublin became famous for the legendary Give Up your Aul Sins recordings. On these tapes the children told a story in their own unique way. Today, the school’s current students and The Ark have chosen to tell their stories in a very different way – through an original rap which they created in a workshop with rapper GMC. The children were invited to write their thoughts about music and what it meant to them and their lives. The words are their own, the voices are theirs and the result is this rap.