Various Voices LGBT Choral Festival Arise and Sing.

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Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn will officially launch ‘Various Voices’ on Thursday 20th March 2014. Various Voices is an international gay choral festival that takes place every four years in a European city. This year Dublin will host the festival and to celebrate the launch, Gloria- Dublin’s Lesbian & Gay Choir (DLGC) will perform at the Mansion House at 6.30pm on Thursday evening. The festival itself will run from 13th - 16th June 2014 in DCU and The Helix. 

Over 80 choirs will take part with on average 2,500 singers coming from as far away as Australia and New Zealand, to join Irish LGBT choirs and enjoy four days of concerts and various workshops in celebrating this festival. Over the four day festival visiting choirs will also perform at a range of free public concerts in Dublincity centre, including City Hall and Meeting House Square. In association with Marriage Equality, the acclaimed New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and GLORIA DLGC will host the ‘Big Gay Sing’, at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Sunday 15th June 2014. Tickets are available to purchase at http://bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn, said “I am delighted to welcome the Various Voices Choirs to Dublin for the 2014 Festival. Dubliners and visitors to the city will have an opportunity during the 4-day festival in June to attend a good variety of concerts. The City is proud to host this wonderfully vibrant festival with performers from almost every corner of the world.”

Ian Doyle, longstanding member of GLORIA DLGC and Various Voices Festival Director, said, "We are incredibly honoured and proud to be a part of Various Voices Dublin 2014. Through four years of hard work, Gloria Dublin's Lesbian and Gay Choir, a voluntary community organisation, will bring the world to Dublin for four days of music, song and craic. Some of the world's most innovative and entertaining choirs will be travelling from across Europe, North America, and Australasia. With 80 visiting choirs Various Voices Dublin 2014 will be the largest international LGBT event ever held in Ireland."

Various Voices Dublin 2014 is proudly supported by Dublin City Council, Fáilte Ireland, Dublin Tourism, Rory O’Neill and Senator David Norris.

ENDS
 
 
For further information contact:
Anthony McNamara at anthony@variousvoices.ie  

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