Music therapy is the focus at new festival

A community music and music therapy festival is to be held for the first time in Derry.

Running from May 16 to 19, ‘Singing the Bridge’, will see international music therapy experts join with local community leaders, young people, musicians to explore the benefits of music.

Workshops, which will be held in either the Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin or St. Columb’s Park House, include Music Therapy; Singing to our Babies (Surestart Training Event); and Community Development through Music Participation.

There’s also Drumming for Teenagers; Song/Body Percussion; Creative Leadership; Conflict Resolution; and Community Music Teaching in Fragile Environment.

Lucia McGinnis, who along with Kate Crossen, Josie Nugent, Eileen Doherty and Peter Doherty have organised the festival, says music therapy “is widely used in many educational and healthcare settings, as a powerful therapeutic benefit to a wide variety of patients, and we hope to open the door to all this and more during the course of our four day event.”

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