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Virtual Installation: Love Song 6 May - 30 Jun 2020

Sadly our BIG BANG Dublin! festival had to be cancelled, so we're creating an online version of our Love Song installation and are asking children aged 6+ to record their own "love songs" at home to be a part of it!

The Love Song installation is a project by Belgian composer Serge Verstock, but the main participants are 200 heart-shaped recording devices, on which Irish children recorded their own "love songs" in the form of a song, their favourite sound or in some other playful way. It’s an auditory encyclopaedia of love!

We were going to display the Love Song installation as part of our BIG BANG Dublin! 2020 festival this April. But now, as sadly the festival had to be cancelled, instead we have invited children to make their own Love Songs at home and be part of the virtual Love Song installation.

You can listen to the Love Song installation on our website here.

Submissions for the Love Song Virtual Installation are now closed, but children can still have fun creating their own "love songs" at home. It’s fun and easy to do:

  1. Firstly, download this worksheet which gives you simple instructions of how to go about coming up with your own short Love Song.
  2. Love Songs can be about your favourite place, colour, pet, food, activity, person or it could simply be your favourite sound. If you play an instrument you could record that as your Love Song. We know you’ll probably have lots of ideas, but try to keep your Love Song short – about 20 to 30 seconds is plenty.
  3. If you like, ask a grown up to help you record your Love Song as an audio file on their phone. Then have fun listening to your own recording and, if you want to, share it with your family and friends.

When everything gets back to normal, we hope to be able to invite you to visit us in The Ark and record your Love Song onto one of the heart-shaped devices too so that you can be part of the real installation when we display it again in the future.

Need more help?
Watch children recording their Love Songs at The Ark in February 2020 in this video from The Irish Times here.

The Ark's Children's Council recorded their Love Songs back in February 2020

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The Ark @ Home

With children's shows streaming online, virtual family events and daily at-home arts activities, The Ark @ Home is a series of arts activities and experiences for children aged 2-12 to enjoy in their own homes. Find out more here.