Summer Opera Festival raises €7,312 for UNICEF Ireland
UNICEF Ireland was presented with a cheque for €7,312.85 by members of Blackwater Valley Opera Festival at Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford.
All ticket proceeds were from the BVOF Voices of Ukraine recital in Dromore Yard, at this year’s Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. Pictured: Eamonn Carroll, Festival Director; BVOF Board Members, Áine McKeown Business Development Officer, UNICEF Ireland.
The BVOF Voices of Ukraine event at Dromore Yard featured internationally acclaimed Ukrainian artists, soprano Ruslana Koval, baritone Stanislav Kuflyuk and pianist Iryna Krasnovska. Over 4,000 festival followers flocked to Lismore from all over Ireland and the world, experiencing 19 events over seven days, which gave the region an enormous boost and generated a significant economic impact across the local and regional economy.
Thousands of visitors also enjoyed the free lunchtime open-air lunchtime recitals in Youghal, Fermoy, Lismore and Dungarvan; schools night at the opera – a free, full scale dress rehearsal production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice in the grounds of Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford; as well as classical music concerts and recitals throughout Waterford and Cork.
Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is Ireland’s Summer Opera Festival, joyfully engaging audiences through a creative and imaginative programme of opera and classical music in the beautiful Blackwater Valley.
The festival showcases emerging Irish talent alongside established international artists and delivers memorable and inspirational experiences which enrich the cultural life of the region.
UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child. Together with its partners, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. Child rights begin with safe shelter, nutrition and protection from disaster and conflict, and traverse the life cycle: prenatal care for healthy births, clean water and sanitation, health care and education. UNICEF has spent over 75 years working to improve the lives of children and their families.