This Culture Night marks the start of a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to borrow musical instruments from libraries

Dublin City Libraries and Girls Rock Dublin are proud to present “GRD Gear Library”, the gear loan service designed for teenagers under 18.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Girls Rock Dublin camp

On September 20 at 6 pm, 16 teenagers will take over Pearse Street Library in a fun and loud experiment involving electric guitars, basses, synths, keyboards ukulele, glockenspiel, pedal effects and drums. It also marks the launch of the instrument library which is happening in Dublin City Libraries for the next three weeks.

By moving through different rooms and engaging with Girls Rock Dublin (GRD) coaches, participants will learn a song on each instrument, and finish by performing the song together.

The initiative is open to teenagers of all genders and booking is essential: [email protected]

From Culture Night onwards any teenager who is a member of Dublin City Libraries can borrow their preferred instrument for three weeks. All you need is your library card! Joining is easy, visit Dublin City Library’s self-registration site here.

The GRD Gear Library is a collection of instruments, amplifiers and musical accessories that Girls Rock Dublin use for their summer camp and events and are now making available through Dublin City Libraries all year round. Take a look at the instrument gallery at here then call into Pearse Street library and borrow what you need!

The collection is made up of donated gear from people in the community who value the work of Girls Rock Dublin and from purchases made from funding received with thanks to The library is an ongoing project, and we welcome donations of gear.

Girls Rock Dublin is a non-profit, volunteer-led organisation that builds girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance. Providing workshops and technical training, GRD creates leadership opportunities, cultivates a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encourages social change and the development of life skills.

Launched in 2016, volunteer-led organisation Girls Rock Dublin runs summer camps and events aimed at growing girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance. Their events are for, and run by, people who self-identify as female (trans and cis) or gender non-binary.

Providing workshops and technical training, they create leadership opportunities, cultivate a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encourage social change and the development of life skills. GRD is part of a global movement (Girls Rock Camp) that brings this type of camps in more than 100 cities around the world. Music is the means through which the movement seeks to create a positive impact at both a personal and a community level.

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