Ruaille Buaille Lucan Childrens Music Festival: South Dublin County Council Arts and Library Service
Ruaille Buaille Lucan Children’s Music Festival is a five day programme featuring over 30 events that take place in schools, libraries, indoor and out door community venues in May each year. It first appeared as one of the FUSED series of village summer arts festivals in the county in 2009 and subsequently redefined its direction and identity in response to the high level of interest in music for children within the programme.
This popular children’s music festival presented by South Dublin County Council Arts and Library Service offers vocal, traditional, classical and world music events catering for children under the age of 12. 6500 children engaged with the 2014 festival through workshops and concerts in Lucan, Adamstown and Palmerston.
The festival provides access to live music both in the classroom and in community venues, learning through workshops and masterclasses, and performance opportunities with professional musicians for children across the county.
Music residencies are a central part of the festival programme. Musicians work with groups in schools during festival week towards a number of joint performances at the end of the week. Residencies have featured singer Mícheál Moley Ó Súilleabháin, violin virtuso Vladimir Jablokov and traditional musicians SLIDE.
Students from the Royal Irish Academy of Music deliver a series of entertaining and informative concerts in a Students for Students strand of the programme.
Occasional new commissions include a piece by composer Michael Fleming performed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra with children from St. Peter’s Senior National School, Clondalkin.