Strategy 2018-2022 - Inspiring a Passion for The Arts

April 11, 2018

Draíocht’s Five Year Strategy (2018 to 2022) was developed in 2017 through wide consultation with key internal and external stakeholders, using workshops, one-to-one interviews, a public online survey as well as a review of our body of work since our Opening in 2001. This process was invaluable. It defined our ambition and laid out a clear set of priorities to achieve it.

Our new strategy presents a vision which may be familiar - of an Ireland where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy and be enriched by the arts. It is a vision shared by many organisations and individuals working in the arts and beyond with each of us contributing to its realisation in different ways. How we work towards that vision stems from our name: Draíocht meaning magic. We seek to share the magic of the arts through presenting a year-round programme of work, by creating opportunities for participation and by supporting artists, all the while bringing our values of welcome, fun, magic, belonging and nurture, to life.

This strategy sets out where we will now focus our efforts and continue to distinguish Draíocht as one of Ireland’s foremost arts centres, grounded in its community and a model of best practice in work for children and young people. That being so, our priorites over the next five years are, with imagination and ambition, to develop our programme by supporting artists, respond to our community (people and place), create outstanding work with and for children and young people, build strong and effective partnerships and ensure our sustainability. 

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the strategy, please do not hesitate to contact Emer McGowan, Director on 01-8098027 or on

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Draiocht & Fishamble: The New Play Company - A Play for Ireland

January 16, 2018

Fishamble: The New Play Company is looking for an idea for one, big, ambitious play that captures the zeitgeist of the country, that demands to be produced! 
This will be a two-year process that will engage with playwrights throughout the island of Ireland, and result in the production of a very special new play. A PLAY FOR IRELAND is run in partnership with six venues across the country include Draiocht: 

Draíocht, Pavilion Theatre, the Everyman, Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable, Town Hall Theatre, and Lyric Theatre.

Submissions to A PLAY FOR IRELAND close on Thursday 1st February, 2018.
For more information, please visit:

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Draiocht and Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris - Artist Residency Programme 2018-2019

November 2, 2017


Centre Culturel Irlandais’ annual residency programme offers great opportunities for artists of all disciplines to tap into the resources of the CCI and the city of Paris, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland's dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage.

Draiocht is delighted to partner with CCI to support the 2018/2019 Residency Programme.
CCI and the partner organisations share the costs of residencies in CCI enabling the Centre to increase the number of residencies it can offer. 
Draíocht is supporting a residency (one to two months) for an artist working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people articulated in the proposal.
N.B. Please tick the relevant box in the Application Form if your profile corresponds (see example below).

Applicants must be Irish citizens or normally resident on the island of Ireland, with professional involvement in creative practice.
Residencies of 1 to 2 months will be awarded for the period August 2018 - June 2019.
Travel from Ireland, accommodation and a monthly stipend are included.

Full guidelines, terms and conditions available on CCI's website from 1 November 2017:

Applications to be made on-line by Wednesday 10 January 2018, 5pm GMT.

Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris

For further information, please email

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Your Say, Your Way - 2nd Sept 2017 - Free Workshops for Young People aged 13-18 yrs

July 31, 2017

Your Say, Your Way - Free Workshops for Young People aged 13-18 yrs
A Collaboration between Draíocht and Creative Ireland

SAT 02 SEPTEMBER 2017  // 10.30AM-4.30PM // FREE

Are you aged 13-18 Years?
Come to Draíocht Blanchardstown on Saturday 2nd September 2017 and try a FREE workshop of your choice to share YOUR thoughts about the arts with us!
Young people have something important to say and we want to hear it!

You can choose from one of these 4 Workshops:
Spoken Word with Colm Keegan
Stop Motion Lego With Create School
Dance With Philippa Donnellan
Cartoon / Comic Book Creation with Alan Nolan

Free Lunch Provided

Fill in a Participation Form now and return to Draíocht by Wednesday 30th August 2017.

This event is a collaboration between Draíocht and Creative Ireland. The Creative Ireland Programme is an invitation to the entire country to get involved in something truly inspirational. This culture-based programme is designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing by enabling creativity for all citizens. We want YOU to share YOUR THOUGHTS about the arts and what you would like to see happen WITHIN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY by taking part in a FUN, FREE WORKSHOP OF YOUR CHOICE on 2ND September here in Draíocht. So please fill in and return a Participation Form by 30th August and come on the day with an open mind and your own opinion.

To find out more, please email

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Draiocht Monster Fundraising Raffle - Tickets Now On Sale

November 20, 2015

As part of Draiocht's Christmas Craft Fair Weekend Extravaganza (28 & 29 November 2015), we have been really lucky to secure over 50 amazing prizes from our Local Retailers, Suppliers, Venue Colleagues and Stall Holders for our Monster Fundraising Raffle


Here are just some of our Prize Sponsors ... 


Prizes include A Family Day Out in Malahide Castle, A Family Ice Skating Experience, A €250 Blanchardstown Centre Voucher, a Tiger Hamper, Theatre Tickets for Axis Ballymun and Civic Tallaght,  A €50 Voucher for Laura Ashley Blanchardstown, A €25 Voucher for Smyths Blanchardstown and many many more amazing prizes!

We hope you'll support us!

As you hopefully know, Draiocht is a Registered Charity venue here in Blanchardstown. Since the recession hit us in 2008, our funding has been cut by almost 40%. So, in an effort to fundraise, we are holding our first ever Christmas Craft Fair Weekend in November (Sat 28 & Sun 29 November, 12-6pm) and our Monster Raffle is just one of our fundraising ideas.

Buy tickets by phone from Box Office on 01-8852622 or Call in Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm.


Its not too late to sponsor a prize!! Email now!

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