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summer SING! is a week-long children’s singing festival which encourages children to experience SINGING! in Cork City in the south of Ireland. Some 300 children, aged from 6 to 14 years, gather in City Hall Cork where they are welcomed by the summer SING! Festival Team comprising of more than 150 specialist professional and volunteer staff.

"My daughter was one of the participants in summer SING! this year. Tonight she went to bed after doing another mini performance for us and her last words before going to sleep was that she can't wait until next year to do it again. Thanks to Sonya and everybody for doing such an excellent job, you should all be extremely proud of yourselves, such great work and vision. Well done and thank you!"

− Brenda

"Just a quick note to thank you and your team for yet another fantastic summer SING! I have been surprised and delighted every year with how much fun and music you manage to squeeze into one week and with the new and exciting places you find to bring the children to. This year we were especially delighted that our daughter graduated to the volunteer team, it was a great experience for her and we were so pleased that her summer SING! journey didn't have to end. The boys are already talking about volunteering when they turn fourteen!"

− Ruth

"I just wanted to write to you to say what a WONDERFUL experience my daughter had at this years summer SING! festival! We love what you are doing and our daughter found your enthusiasm and dedication infectious all week! Your volunteers and all involved were amazing - they were professional, polite and most of all smiled all the time! This must come from the top down I only wish I could have been involved in something like this when I was a child/teenager! If you ever set up an adult choir I would be first in line to sign up!"

− Sharon

"Congratulations and well down on another wonderful week of summer sing. My daughter continues to enjoy this week every year. She came home every day buzzing with stories of new friendships. I also love the week myself every year. The challenge to keep the returning children like my daughter interested and motivated was totally addressed this year with the concerts in Elizabeth Fort and St Finbarres Cathedral. I also really enjoyed the concerts in such beautiful locations."

− Angela

Our young summer SINGERS! experience the rich history and culture of Cork City while nurturing their natural singing ability. summer SING! successfully encourages self expression, confidence and positive self esteem through excellent artistic engagement, empowered public performance and shared civic pride. Moving in smaller groups through Cork City, our young SINGING! citizens experience public spaces as never before as they engage in open-air warm-ups, impromptu public performances and smaller rehearsals in more than twenty of Cork City’s historic spaces and cultural venues.

summer SING! welcomes and facilitates the participation of children and volunteer staff from diverse cultural backgrounds realised through extensive collaboration with participating DEIS primary schools, Cork Deaf Association, Cope Foundation Suisha Inclusive Arts, Enable Ireland, targeted children’s communities and charitable institutions.

summer SING! welcomes international volunteer staff from the Metropolitan Opera New York, Chicago Children’s Choir, Young Choral Academy (Malaysia), Asia Arts Academy (Singapore) and Bali Spirit Festival (Indonesia) as part of our continuing international staffing collaborations.

Each day parents and friends are encouraged to witness the children’s accumulation of learning through picnic lunches,  lunchtime performances and informal open-rehearsal style performances each afternoon. Featured site-specific performances occur throughout the week.

All summer SING! performances are free and open to the public with full details to be released in 2018 with full details via the summer SING! Festival App. Available here on android – Apple iOS to be released shortly.

summer SING! is produced by ARTlifeCULTURE in partnership with Music Generation Cork City and is further supported by the Arts Council, Cork City Council Social Inclusion Unit, Cork City Council Arts Office, University College Cork International Office and the Association of Irish Choirs.