World Carnival to celebrate musical diversity

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A ICO Carnival

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Story by Liam Togher

THE Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) teams up with the Irish World Academy (IWA) once again for its innovative music project ‘World Carnival’, a celebration of musical diversity and culture.

Featuring 120 children from 17 nationalities, ‘World Carnival’ encourages children to enjoy, explore and engage in their many cultural backgrounds, thus celebrating their diversity and talents.

Presentation Primary School on Sexton Street is the featured school and venue  for ‘World Carnival’ on Tuesday November 26 at 11:30am, with 120 pupils joining forces with musicians from ICO and IWA for a celebration of multiculturalism through song and music.

This year’s Winter Beach Party features songs from all corners of the world, including South Africa, North America, Mexico and Poland, as well as some Irish favourites, accompanied by members of the orchestra.

ICO’s community and outreach manager Kathleen Turner has been supported also by IWA in her work at the school, hosting weekly workshops in world song for children between the ages of four and eight.

Over the course of 24 weeks, Ms Turner has taught her pupils music from a range of nationalities, including Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, USA, France, Poland and Ireland.

‘World Carnival’, a community engagement project, was initiated by IWA in 2008 through its Sanctuary project, which seeks to create links between University of Limerick and refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants. The Irish Chamber Orchestra came on board as a partner in the project in 2009 and the project at that time was also assisted by PAUL Partnership.