The Ark’s BIG BANG Dublin is Ireland’s first annual international music festival for young audiences filled with amazing music performances and exciting installations for children aged 2 to 12. BIG BANG Dublin is a thrilling music festival for young music lovers of all kinds as The Ark building transforms into an adventurous musical labyrinth of delights for the ears. You will also find music happening outside and in other nearby buildings too! Each festival is a colourful and curious programme of music by wonderful musicians from other European countries as well as Ireland.
A production by The Ark in coproduction with Zonzo Compagnie - with the support of The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, The Department of Education and Skills/An Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna, Dublin City Council, Temple Bar Cultural Trust, The Community Foundation for Ireland and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Aisling O’Gorman | Creative Arts Manager, The Ark
Wouter Van Looy | Artistic Director, Zonzo Compagnie
About The Ark
The Ark is a dedicated cultural centre for children. We create opportunities for children, along with their families and friends or with their school, to discover and love art. Through our work with leading Irish and international artists children can enjoy performances in our unique child-sized theatre, view engaging exhibitions or participate in creative workshops
About the venue
The Ark was designed by Michael Kelly and Shane O'Toole of Group 91 Architects and has received awards and praise for its innovative and contemporary design. Housed on the site of a former Presbyterian Meeting House (1728), it incorporates the carefully restored front facade of the church. It extends to 1,500 square meters (16,000 square feet) and houses a theatre, a gallery and a workshop. The theatre can also open at the back to allowance perform outwards into Meeting House Square behind The Ark.
BIG BANG editions
1st edition | 05-07.04.2019
2nd edition | 03-05.04.2020 - postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic -
3rd edition | 04-05.04.2021