Irish International A Cappella Festival

Ardú Music | Dublin

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This project was funded!

rewards for funding this project:

€20 +

OPENING GALA CONCERT TICKET Attend the opening of the first ever Irish International A Cappella Festival, featuring Ardú, 4 in a Bar, and prizewinners from the 2016 Ireland's A Cappella Competition! + Festival programme

€25 +

COMPETITION PASS- All day access to our Saturday events at Griffith Conference Centre: -Final Round Admission -First Round Admission -Afternoon workshop Admission + Festival programme

€40 +

SUNDAY PASS- All day access to our Sunday events at Royal Hospital Kilmainham: -The Swingles Headline Concert Live -Masterclass led by The Swingles -Create Your Own Ensemble Workshop led by composer in residence Ollie Lambert + Festival programme

€40 +

SUPPORT IIACF- Unable to attend the festival but want to support Irish A Cappella music? We would be delighted to have your support! We'll even send you a programme of the festival as thanks.

€50 +

CONCERT PASS- Tickets to our three evening events: Gala Opening Concert, Ireland's A Cappella Competition Final + -The Swingles Headline Concert live. + Festival programme

€50 +

COMPETITION PASS X 2 Two Competition passes

€70 +

ALL ACCESS PASS- Your very own lanyard giving you access to all of the events taking place: Gala Opening Concert, Ireland's A Cappella Competition Final + The Swingles Headline Concert live. In addition you will also be able to attend our various workshops and masterclasses. + Festival programme, featuring information on participating ensembles, guests adjudicators and more!

€75 +

SUNDAY PASS X 2 Two Sunday passes --- save €5!

€90 +

CONCERT PASS X 2 Two concert passes --- save €10!

€130 +

ALL ACCESS PASS X 2 Two all access passes --- save €10!

€250 +

FESTIVAL SUPPORTER Have your name printed in our festival programme as a supporter of the festival plus one all access pass, giving you access to all of the events taking place. + Festival programme

€500 +

FESTIVAL FRIEND Meet and greet with festival artists before each performance Plus: Have your name printed in our festival programme as a friend of the festival plus one TWO all access passes + TWO festival programmes.

€1000 +

FESTIVAL SPONSOR Corporate performance by Ardú (30 min, Dublin, subject to availability) at an event of your choosing. Meet and greet with festival artists before each performance Plus: Have your name printed in our festival programme as a friend of the festival plus THREE all access passes and THREE festival programmes.

a project by:
Ardú Music

The Irish International A Cappella Festival is a new three-day music festival in Dublin celebrating the genre of modern a cappella, taking place between the 14th and 16th of July 2017.

Grammy-award winning a cappella group The Swingles will headline the festival with a performance at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on the final night of the festival. 

The festival will showcase some of the best Irish talent in an opening concert featuring Ardú Vocal Ensemble, 4 in a Bar, The Apple Blossoms and The Ramparts Chamber Choir.

New and existing Irish ensembles will also have the chance to compete for the winning title of Ireland’s A Cappella Competition at Griffith College Conference Centre. The competition will be divided into two categories (small ensemble and large chorus) followed by an evening final.

Aside from these main events, the festival will also offer a selection of a cappella music workshops with festival director Ciarán Kelly, composer Ollie Lambert and a masterclass with The Swingles themselves.

Ardú Vocal Ensemble has performed throughout Ireland and the UK. We specialise in curating unique a cappella events for Irish audiences. Our aim is to promote diverse performances in unique venues.
The Ardú and Friends concert series is an annual concert in aid of charity at Christmas and is curated, organised and managed by Ardú. In 2016, €1000 was raised for The Simon Communities of Ireland with two concerts held in Dublin and Belfast.

In August 2016, Ardú organised a series of three concerts from 22-27 August as a trial study of an a cappella festival. This featured the first Ireland's A Cappella Competition, showcasing over 60 singers with a sold out audience. As part of the series Ardú also performed their new popular music a cappella set to a sold out audience at The Button Factory, Temple Bar.

Crowdfunding allows us to sell early bird access to our most loyal and committed supporters. Upon completion of this campaign, we will be able to cover our expenses and enjoy the festival as much as possible. Remaining tickets will then go on general sale at a higher price.

We are kindly supported by small grants from Dublin City Council, sponsorship from Dublin Studio Hub, Dublin School of Music, Association of Ireland Choirs with in kind support from RTE Lyric FM.

We have spent a lot of money on securing a high profile headline act as well as the most suitable venues for each day with no expense spared.
Many of our Irish acts have kindly given their time for free but it is our intention to make them well looked after, as well as create a financial legacy, allowing us to make this an annual event in Ireland.

We are determined to create an event that everyone can be proud of, putting irish a cappella on the map and giving out attendees a weekend to remember! Everything is in place - artists, venues, music - all we need now is people!