21-30 August 2021
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Ruairi and Nadia started collaborating after the first pandemic lockdown. Nadia struggling with the consequences of surviving severe COVID-19, Ruairi fighting against depression, almost giving up on his music. When he learned about Nadia’ struggles he wrote songs for her as breathing exercises.  Practicing those songs helped Nadia to improve her breathing, regaining emotional and physical strength. When Ruairi saw how his songs helped Nadia’s well-being, he started writing music again. 

They developed a unique musical storytelling style as an expression of the fragility and strengths that lie in all of us, conveying a message of hope through friendship and creativity.

Nadia Perrotta is a socially engaged visual artist who works in performance, illustration, moving image, and creative writing. She has considerable experience engaging with people in a participatory and in-depth manner, including with public-sector commissions.

Ruairi O’Hare is a musician, songwriter, and visual artist. He writes songs for young people about topics like anxiety, depression, and addiction, and he uses social media platforms to reach out and provide solace to people suffering from mental health issues.

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