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SPARK – Beyond Rhythm and Blues: Crafting Inclusive Spaces through Music and Poetry

February 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm GMT

€20.00 – €30.00


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NYCI’s SPARK Youth Arts Festival 2024 takes place Feb 19th – 24th. As part of the training element, we will head to Cork and are delighted to collaborate with Raphael Olympio to deliver a training on Poetry & song writing as a tool in Inclusive Youth Arts Practice.  This training aims to equip youth workers and youth arts practitioners with the skills and knowledge to guide the young people they work with through a creative writing process that could be part of a bigger youth/ arts project.

Coinciding with SPARK 2024’s theme of Inclusion the training will address how these creative processes can be used to facilitate more inclusive youth arts practice as well as an exploration of the theme through the writing process.


Date & time

Wednesday, 21st February

10.00 am to 1.00 pm



€20 Rate for NYCI Members and Participants of Youth Arts Hubs / €30 Non-Members Rate.

Bursaries are available where cost is a barrier to participation.  Please email nora@nyci.ie

Lunch is provided.



Nano Nagle Place, Evergreen St. (off Barrack St.), Cork.


  • Develop new creative and inclusive approaches that enhance your youth arts practice with young people.
  • Gain practical in-depth workshop experiences which will develop your skills in supporting young people through creative processes in poetry writing, song writing as well as warm up games and developing the performance/ showcasing element.
  • Revisit the principles of inclusive practices that ensures activities are accessible and inclusive for all young people
  • Benefit from a supportive space to explore your own creativity, reflect on your practice and share experiences with your peers

Designed for

Anyone working with young people in a youth work, youth arts practice, out-of-school or non-formal education setting.


If you have any queries, please contact Nora Furlong, National Youth Arts Programme at nora@nyci.ie

Delivered by

Raphael Olympio

Raphael Olympio is a versatile and visionary artist who explores various genres of music with passion and skill. A renowned rapper and a founding member of the Outsiders Ent collective, he has performed on stages at Electric Picnic, Indiependence Festival, UCC’s Other Voices and more. Raphael is also a spoken word artist who delivers honest and impactful messages about his life,  struggles with racism and direct provision, and his love for his community.

Raphael uses art as a tool for social justice and experimental innovation. As a youth arts facilitator with the Cork Migrant Centre, he delivers  workshops  for young migrants living in direct provision exploring themes of identity and culture. His approach and methods support the young people to express their artistic talents and concerns through songwriting, rapping, and spoken word. Raphael was part of the organising team of Ireland’s first youth-led Anti-Racism Summit that took place in Cork in 2023. Raphael, along with the young people he works with are often invited to perform and contribute to various events nationwide including the Ubuntu showcase broadcast on the RTE ‘Change Makers’ Series.


February 21
10:00 am - 1:00 pm GMT
€20.00 – €30.00
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National Youth Council of Ireland
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