Children’s Council announce their chosen name for our new Festival of Children

Today, to coincide with Universal Children’s Day, members of The Ark Children’s Council gathered to unveil the name of The Ark’s new Festival of Children which was chosen from names submitted by children.

and the name is ………..
Right Here, Right Now!
The Ark’s Festival of Children

Recently the call went out for children from across Ireland to submit their ideas for the name of a new children’s festival. The final decision was made by The Ark’s Children’s Council (35 children from across the Dublin area) who shortlisted, discussed and then voted on what they felt was the best title from the suggestions made.

The brand-new festival will be the first of its kind in Ireland as a festival created for children – by children! This means that children will be integral to the planning and decision-making in creating the festival, which organisers hope will include a children’s parade, shows and workshop activities. Taking place next summer, the festival will coincide with Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of creativity for children and young people, and it will be a celebration of art, culture and children’s rights – ensuring that children are seen and heard across Dublin.

In this video (created by Evan Flynn) you can see the process of how the Children’s Council came to the decision

Speaking at the unveiling today Aideen Howard Director of The Ark said, ‘Today is Universal Children’s Day, a day when we celebrate and promote children’s rights as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It’s the perfect moment to announce Right Here, Right Now, The Ark’s Festival of Children which will take place in June 2019. From the outset children will be central to the curation of this festival which will celebrate their right to art and culture as well as their right to be heard. We are particularly proud to share the name of our new festival today which was one of a number of titles suggested to us by children and selected by the members of The Ark Children’s Council.’

We were also delighted to welcome the two children who suggested the chosen name to The Ark where they met with Aideen and heard all about their position as 'Guests of Honour' for the festival.

Director Aideen Howard with Marienne-Lina (7) and Egwawoli (11) who came up with the name 'RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW!' together.

We will be announcing details of how children can get involved with planning the festival. In the meantime, if children have any suggestions or ideas for us, they can email the Children's Council at

The Ark’s Festival of Children is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.