Girls Rock Dublin (GRD)

Founded in 2016, Girls Rock Dublin is a non-profit group and the 1st girls rock camp organisation in Ireland. We run camps and events aimed at growing girls and women's self-esteem through music creation and performance. Part of a global movement of rock camps (Girls Rock Camp) we are united by the desire for gender equality in the music industry.

Our first camp for 18-24 year old girls ran in June 2017 and our second was for 11-17 year old's in July 2018. The next camp will be 25-29th June 2019 for 12-17 year old youth. Read all about it here!

The past few years were pretty busy with loads of activities. We ran Switched On tech workshops, a music workshop at F festival, a stall at Forbidden Fruit Festival ran in collaboration with HotPress, fundraiser gigs featuring Maria Kelly, Roe, Æ MAK, Sub-Motion, Susie-Blue, Alien She and eXtravision, a music bingo night, a coaching exchange session with Girls Rock School NI in Belfast as part of Women’s Work Festival with a 'women in music' panel discussion, a panel discussion about innovative music education at Jazz music festival BAN BAM. And more to come!

Coaches at the camps included MayKay (Fight Like Apes, Le Galaxie), Ailbhe Reddy, Hana Lamari (Girlfriend), Niamh Farrell (Ham Sandwich), Naomi MacLeod (Bitch Falcon), Cathy Ahearne (Fierce Mild, Elm), Rossella Bottone (Fierce Mild), Miriam Donohue, Ewa Gigon, Aileen Wallace (Lōwli), Naoise Roo, Maija Sofia, Karen Hammond (Old Moon), Aoife Hammond (Old Moon, eXtravision, Surge), Shannon O’Neill (Sister Ghost), Katie O’Neill (Alien She).

We've also had some amazing camp guest artists like Wyvern Lingo, Soak, Loah, Saint Sister, Girlfriend, Soulé, Elaine Mai and Hvmmingbyrd, who performed and held Q&A sessions.

Check out our "Testimonials" page to know how it was to be part of the camps!

What we mean by 'Girls'

Our camps are run by and for people who self-identify as women (trans and cis) or gender non-binary.

Our Mission

Girls Rock builds girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance. Providing workshops and technical training, we create leadership opportunities, cultivate a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encourage social change and the development of life skills.

Our Core Values

  • We value the power of music as a means to create personal and social change;

  • We value efforts that actively expand opportunities for girls and women*;

  • We value positive approaches to fighting sexism;

  • We value integrity, honesty and respect;

  • We value appropriate sharing of resources, cooperation, and collaboration;

  • We value using our collective voice to further our mission;

  • We value diversity.

Girls Rock Worldwide

Girls Rock Camp is a global movement launched in Portland, Oregon in 2001. Primarily a music camp, Girls Rock helps women and girls build self-esteem and find their voices through collaboration in a fun, non-competitive environment. The camps offer a unique programme combining:

  • music education

  • live performance

  • empowerment & social justice workshops

  • leadership skill building

Music is the means through which the movement seeks to create a positive impact at both a personal and community level. Girls Rock is currently present in more than 100 cities with camps happening every year all around the world, including 12 European countries.

The organisation that supports and coordinates this global movement is the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.