Singing on the Bridge festival will promote ‘music healing’

Eddie Skeef, who will be performing at the festival. (0705MM06)
Eddie Skeef, who will be performing at the festival. (0705MM06)

A major festival promoting music therapy and community music will be held in Derry next week.

The ‘Singing the Bridge’ festival will be a four day event featuring internationally renowned experts in music therapy who will work with local musicians and community leaders to develop long-term projects in the city.

It will take place from May 16-19 and is being organised in co-operation with Musicians Without Borders - an international not for profit organisation which uses music education to promote healing in areas that have experienced conflict.

Highlights will include concerts, workshops, talk and discussions which will explore the role music can play in healing communities.

Among those performing will be Eugene Skeef, a South African percussionist who worked with civil rights leader Steve Biko.

Kate Crossan, a member of the local organising committee, said the ‘Singing the Bridge’ festival offers something different.

“Singing the Bridge is a great opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to find out more about the wider benefits music can bring to our communities.

“We have some of the best music therapy practitioners in the world coming to Derry for this and it’s all free as well which is really great. Workshops are available on a diverse range of subjects including ‘Singing to Our Babies’, ‘Percussion: From Garbage to Instruments’ and ‘Community Music and Songwriting for young people in fragile communities’,” she said.

The festival is open to non-musicians and musicians of all levels are welcome to participate.

All events are free of charge but as places are limited enrolment is advised.

For more information email singingthebridge@gmail.com or visit the website at www.singingthebridge.org