MusicTown will be back with a bang this April, with a ten-day musical celebration taking place from April 13th – 22nd , brought to you by Dublin City Council and Aiken Promotions. Setting out to explore and celebrate the diverse constellation of music cultures that exist in Dublin City, MusicTown aims to unify the city, making its music relatable and accessible, instilling a sense of pride in Dublin’s musical heritage, whilst welcoming newcomers and visiting artists. The overall programme this year focuses on the themes of collaboration and community.
Each year Dublin City Council Arts Office puts a call out for proposals from musicians / cultural organisations / venues / producers who are interested in presenting events within the festival. Today details of the events chosen from this open call to be part of MusicTown 2018 were announced.
This is just one part of the programme and details of other concerts and events taking place as part of MusicTown, including a series of concerts on the stage of The Abbey Theatre, will be announced in the coming weeks. Get ready for ten days of concerts, master classes, collaborations, workshops and composers, lyricists, conductors, choirs, musicians, producers, DJs and visual artists, from Opera, choral and contemporary classical to hip-hop, electronic, traditional, folk and rock taking place all over Dublin city.
There is much more that connects music of all kinds than divides it and MusicTown seeks to showcase the best of Dublin’s music while also encouraging new audiences to try new musical experiences. Handel’s music also has a special place in MusicTown and his work remains a role model for collaboration and innovation.”
MusicTown Executive Director and City Arts Officer, Ray Yeates
Music is one of the most community-oriented activities I can think of. Putting on a concert involves the mental and physical contributions of so many different people. When the whole project comes together it is a rewarding feeling for both the performers and everyone who contributed to the production of the event. It is a very positive process and that extends way beyond the music itself. It teaches us about communication, team-work, co-operation and collaboration. What I love about music is how open a playing-field it is, one where actors, writers, visual artists, literally anyone can get involved. So we thought this year it would be good to meditate on those themes of “community” and “collaboration.”
Leagues O’Toole, Creative Director
April 13th – 22nd
Events will take place mostly at night but check the schedule to find the daily schedule and your preferred genre.