Limerick’s Make a Move festival kicked off its sixth annual showcase on Wednesday night in the Belltable arts centre with the premiere of two documentaries tracing the origins of hip-hop in Ireland and its rise in popularity in recent years.
Over the course of the weekend, the five-day hip-hop festival will feature a diverse line-up that sees over 30 artists and performers from hip-hop, grime and spoken word backgrounds take to the stage in venues across the city.
As well as the gigs and documentary premieres, Make a Move is delighted to announce a free, three-hour music production and DJ’ing workshop for women taking place on Saturday afternoon at the Music Generation Creative Centre on Cecil Street.
Leading Irish female DJ, Aoife Nic Canna will be hosting the workshop alongside DIE’s resident DJ Maedbh O’Connor and fellow Cork DJ, ELLLL.
Growing up in Limerick, Nic Canna is thrilled to be involved in this year’s festival and told us what is in store for women who attend the workshop on Saturday.
“A festival like Make a Move really suits a city like Limerick because it represents the four elements of hip-hop – DJ’ing, breakdancing, rapping and graffiti – and is very much community based which I love,” she said.
“The workshop will involve an introduction to using the turntable and DJ mixer and some beat matching.
Nic Canna added, “There are many other wonderful formats of DJ’ing now. Maedbh O’ Connor will do CDJ workshops and ELLLL will do electronic music production workshop to give us a better understanding of how DJ or electronic music is made.”
As one of the few female DJs to make a name for herself in Ireland and abroad, Nic Canna emphasised the benefits of attending a course like this one.
“Women have not always received the same exposure to electronic music like men have in the past. I think with sound production courses, GASH Collective DJ workshops and seeing lots more women become DJs or electronic music artists has changed that for the better and encourages women to get involved.”
When asked for advice to those starting out in the DJ scene, Nic Canna had this to say:
“I was a music collector before I was a DJ. You have to collect music to develop a style of music you would like to play. There’s a lot of homework and practice involved before you start to DJ. Also, you have to be consistent and stay on your game. That goes for both men and women.”
Aoife Nic Canna will be DJ’ing at Mickie Martins in Limerick city this Saturday night, October 7. You can find more information on the free production and DJ’ing workshop here.
Make a Move festival runs from October 4 to October 8. More information on the schedule can be found at www.makeamove.ie.