Dementia-inclusive programme

Supported by Sing Ireland

The Gospel Rising Music Festival 2022 will be a dementia-inclusive event. Inclusivity, and access for all, has always been a central value of the festival. This year we are making a concerted effort to ensure that those living with dementia feel welcome at our festival, and that our choirs and attendees are provided with the tools to be dementia inclusive in their own choirs and everyday life.

We recognise that greater participation in the arts by people of all ages, and abilities, is a question of citizenship and of enabling people to fulfil their potential. It plays a particularly important role in the development of a positive self-image and identity for those living with dementia, and it can build connections and promote social capital. Our 2022 programme is illustrative of our commitment to increasing the participation of those living with dementia in the gospel music and singing community of Ireland.

Our 2022 dementia inclusive programme would not be possible without the kind support of Sing Ireland and the Forget-Me-Nots.

All our 2022 festival events aim to be dementia-inclusive and accessible for all. If you are living with dementia and would like to attend any aspect of our festival, you are welcome. We have also integrated some new programme elements with a specific focus on dementia-inclusivity.

For any questions or comments regarding this element of the festival programme, please contact:
Sarah O’Farrell – Dementia Inclusion Programme Liaison
087 9654059


The Forget-Me-Nots choir will perform on our Super Soul Sunday stage on Sunday, June 19th. The Forget-Me-Nots, a choir to remember, are an inclusive community choir uniting older people with family, friends and neighbours and has a special welcome for those affected by memory loss. Their performance will be joy-filled and will showcase the abilities of those living with dementia.

Where: Mountjoy Square Park
When: Sunday 19th June, 15:20
Tickets: Entry is free, no tickets required

Singing workshop

We are delighted to present in conjunction with Sing Ireland our very first workshop specifically designed for those living with dementia. The workshop titled ‘An introduction to Gospel Music’ will be part of our Super Soul Sunday program. The workshop is suitable for all but we particularly welcome those living with dementia, their families, friends, supporters, and carers. No prior musical knowledge is required! This is a chance to get together and sing out in a space free from judgement. Carmel Whelan who has experience in facilitating a diverse range of workshops will lead this session.

Numbers are limited, and booking is required. To book, or to discuss details, please contact Sarah O’Farrell at or 087 9654059.

Where: Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, 46 Charles Street Great, Dublin 1.
When: Sunday 19th June, 13:00
Tickets: Free, advance booking required.

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