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World Carnival

World Carnival was initiated by the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and SANCTUARY, a HEA funded organization which seeks to create links between University of Limerick and refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants. The Irish Chamber Orchestra joined World Carnival in 2009, to deliver a music project in Presentation Primary School, Sexton Street, Limerick. This school is one of the most culturally diverse in the country, with over 20 different nationalities in attendance.  The ICO designed and implemented a world song programme for 120 children from Junior Infants to Second Class. Over 24 weeks children learned music from Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, USA, France, Poland, and Ireland. The project culminated in workshops for pupils with members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and a performance for families and friends. Pupils dressed in national costume and produced art work relevant to the concert.  A public performance took place at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in UL, bringing 120 children together performing multi-cultural songs alongside some Irish favourites.  They sang with ICO musicians, Katherine Hunka and Malachy Robinson along with Lucas Gonzales and Dermot Dunne from the Latin American ensemble, Lunfardia.


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