To celebrate World Children's Day 2021, NOISE Music participants from Music Generation South Dublin created and performed a new track which debuted at the Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO), Child Talks event. The Young Ambassadors composed the vocal and rap piece around the event's theme of My Hopes for the Future . They joined a number of inspiring young speakers who shared their Hopes for the Future and called on people of power to listen and learn from children and young people today.
Child Talks, now in its fourth year, was developed by OCO to provide a platform for children and young people to discuss issues that matter to them. Some of the 2021 topics, chosen by the passionate speakers themselves, focused on how the pandemic has affected their mental health, Direct Provision, scoliosis, gender equality and climate change.
"Children have been through so much since March 2020 – they have missed out, fallen behind and taken the blame. The theme of this year’s Child Talks is My Hopes for the Future and it is inspiring to hear how our young people are dealing with challenges and looking forward." Dr. Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsmand for Children
"I wanted to support this event and just have fun as well!" Adam, Music Generation South Dublin
NOISE Music is a new music programme which connects young people to the artists and musicians who create music that they listen to. The team host workshops in DJing, singing, rapping & making beats in genres such as hip-hop, techno & house music. They work with youth services in South Dublin in areas such as North Clondalkin, Lucan, Ronanstown and Tallaght with young people who need these opportunities the most
The NOISE Music mentors also aim to encourage young people to develop leadership and mentorship skills, and to have a sense of ownership over the programmes that they participate in.
NOISE Music is delivered by a team of musicians and DJs who are at the forefront of Irish hip-hop and electronic music, supported by experienced youth music facilitators and youth workers. It was developed in consultation with Lorraine Maher of I Am Irish.
NOISE Music is funded by Music Generation and is a partnership programme between CONTACT
Studio and Music Generation South Dublin. CONTACT Studio is a South Dublin County Arts Office initiative.