Four world-renowned musicians Mickey Madden, Leah Siegel, David Gungor and Colm Mac Con Iomaire will join literary luminaries Colum McCann, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Assaf Gavron, Ruth Gilligan, Ishmael Beah and Rob Spillman for an evening of stories and song highlighting the global nonprofit, Narrative 4 in Limerick this month.
The event is taking place on Sunday, 25th June 2017 at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and is scheduled as part of the Narrative 4 sixth Annual Global Summit.
Narrative 4 Ireland, the organisation’s first international centre, opened its doors at 58 O’Connell Street in Limerick in the summer of 2016.
Since its founding, well over 25,000+ stories have been exchanged and tracked in countries on four continents, including in Ireland, Mexico, Rwanda, Israel, South Africa, Palestine, England, Colombia, and the United States.
Mickey Madden is bassist with Maroon 5 whose debut album, the aptly titled Songs About Jane was released in June 2002 and became certified platinum by 2004.
Maroon 5 scored several hit singles, won two Grammy Awards, and have since released four additional studio albums: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007), Hands All Over (2010), Overexposed (2012) and V (2014).
Madden will join Colm Mac Con Iomaire, a founder member of Irish folk group Kíla in 1987 who has also been a collaborator with the Frames and The Swell Season.
The ‘Night of Music and Literature’ will be moderated by former Esquire fiction editor Tyler Cabot, along with classical violinist, Greg Khalil.
Narrative 4 (N4) is a network of authors, educators, and students facilitating story exchanges to build empathy and spark collaborative change globally in classrooms, workplaces, and communities.
Narrative 4’s core methodology, the story exchange, asks participants to share each other’s stories in the first person as if they were their own to promote empathy.
Since its founding, well over 25,000+ stories have been exchanged on four continents in Ireland, Mexico, Rwanda, Israel, South Africa, Palestine, England, Colombia, and the United States.
N4 co-founder and Executive Director Lisa Consiglio said “Narrative 4 is based on the simple idea that by knowing the story of another, we are able to better understand each other.”
“We are especially honoured to have these superstars take the stage to not only share their art, but to be a part of the N4 family and share their ideas. They are inspirational models for our broader mission of encouraging students to turn empathy into action.”
International best-selling author and N4 co-founder Colum McCann explains: “This is key to understanding the hopes, fears, experiences, beliefs, and world-views of others. It offers opportunities to recognise emotion in others and suggests that individuals refrain from judgment. We ask people to feel with and for others.”
In April 2016, Narrative 4 opened its first international centre in Limerick, Ireland in the heart of the city centre at 58 O’Connell Street.
“This is the second year we have chosen to hold our global summit in Ireland in order to highlight and celebrate the Limerick hub,” said Consiglio.
“Ireland has given birth to some of the world’s finest storytellers. As we move to support both global and local actions towards change, we are excited to strengthen our organisational mission in Ireland, especially in the incredible community of Limerick.”
Narrative 4’s summit will take place 23rd to 27th June on the campus of the University of Limerick.
This year’s theme, “Roadmaps for Action,” is designed to assist participants, as individuals and a group, to focus on creating concrete action steps to make change across their communities and around the world.
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