Next Summer, The Ark will be presenting a brand-new festival created for children – by children! To kick-start the process, we need children to help us come up with a name for the festival.
We are asking for children from across the country to send us their ideas for a name. Then our Children’s Council (35 children from across the Dublin area) will shortlist, discuss and then vote on what they believe is the best title from the suggestions made. The child whose idea is chosen will be a guest of honour at the festival, with a pass enabling them to attend all of the events along with their family.
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. Children will be integral to the planning and decision-making in creating the new festival, which we hope will include a children’s parade, shows and workshop activities.
We are looking for a short (1-3 words) name for the festival. The chosen name will be followed by The Ark’s Festival of Children so that it would read:
The Ark’s Festival of Children
The closing date to get suggestions to us is 5pm on Friday 9 November. We will then announce the chosen name of the Festival on Universal Children’s Day, 20th November, along with more details about how you can get involved with planning the festival.
Children’s suggestions for the name can be submitted online here: https://arkly.ie/FoCname or if you are submitting sugegstions from a class or a group of children, you can send them all to TheArkDublin@gmail.com
The Ark’s Festival of Children is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.