Draiocht News Update - 26 June 2020

June 26, 2020



Welcome back to Draíocht!

"Monday 29th June is a big day for all of us at Draíocht. We reopen our much loved building, 105 days after closing it to the public on March 16th. We are opening it carefully and with consideration, adhering to Government guidelines and with all our signage and ppe in place. Over the next weeks and months, we will open our two Gallery Spaces (July 20th) and begin a programme of cinema screenings and live performances (September 9th)  for all of our audiences to enjoy.  We are delighted to be supporting  a number of artists over July and August through the provision of space and other supports, to enable them develop their incredible work for future presentation/engagement. We have always known the importance of Draíocht to our community, the role we play, the connections we make that can have real impact on people’s lives. The lockdown has given us the opportunity to value that even more and to hear from you about how much you want  to come back. As this is our last Ezine prior to our re-opening, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders, Fingal County Council and The Arts Council, Draíocht’s Board and Staff, and all the artists who have worked with us through the lockdown. And I want to thank you so much for engaging with us all the way through, for your feedback and support. It has kept us going. We are open and looking forward to seeing you. Come visit us (but in a socially distanced kinda way!)."

-Emer McGowan, Director



Opening hours from June 29th
Box Office Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-6pm
Betelnut Cafe Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-4pm


Check out our website for our new Covid-19 guidelines HERE

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#CruinniunanOg - It's Week 3



Cruinniú na nÓg
Presented by Draíocht in collaboration with Creative Fingal and Creative Ireland

With 35,000 Facebook views so far of our first 12 Videos, 18 Illustrated Activity Sheets, and 18 Commissioned Videos in total, we’re thrilled to reach Week 3 of our Creative Celebrations!

Thanks to the support of Creative Ireland and Fingal County Council, join us one last time this Saturday on our Facebook and YouTube Channels to enjoy another 6 free workshops, with artists Andrew Carson, Anne Cradden, Conor Donelan, Genevieve Harden, Emily Matthews and Jo Quinn.

Alan Nolan’s incredible Activity Sheets are available to download directly from our website HERE.



Try your hand at some Mindfulness with Jo Quinn!
Especially for ages 10+, but all ages welcome to try!


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D15 Youth Theatre finishes up for the Summer

"We've survived a global Pandemic - we can do anything!" 
...Just some of the feedback from our Youth Theatre members, who finished up for the Summer last week with a final Zoom call.

"Moving to zoom was a strange transition but I have to thank our members for their resilience and drive to keep our wonderful Youth Theatre alive. We’ve had some laughs, some tears and some really bad wifi connections ... but we did it! Our zoom calls have come to an end but I cannot wait to get back into Draíocht and explore our new way of working. I know for sure that a powerful piece of theatre will bud from all this. The future is bright for D15YT and the stage is waiting for us!" 
-Emily Matthews, D15YT Facilitator

Read more from our members HERE

Why not try your hand at one of Emily’s Tongue Twisters:
Buh-Deh-Geh… Geh-Deh-Buh…

 


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ARTIST RESIDENCIES RESUME - Susan Buttner is back!

Artist Susan Buttner returns to Draíocht's Studio next week and will stay until the end of the year.
She writes for us about her experience of working from home. Susan had just started her residency with us in early March, just before the Covid-19 lockdown and closure of Draíocht on 16 March.

Within the Covid 19 lockdown parameters, with no access to my studio, I began working from my kitchen, with my family and dog around, clothes drying and meals being cooked..."
READ MORE

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10 WEEKS OF ZOOM DANCING



We have been dancing up a storm for 10 weeks now, fully committed to continuing our weekly lessons digitally, for our Create Dance families.

You can read more about one of our all time favourite projects, Create Dance HERE.

We will see you all next term and leave you with this gorgeous feedback from one of our parents:  

“Please let Conor know we think he’s awesome. Conor is the equivalent to Elmo in our house. Please let him know we appreciate all his efforts, he is a superstar. And thank you Draíocht for still working and sending us emails. There has been a lot of feelings of abandonment for people with special needs (and parents). Thank you for not forgetting about us, we are grateful for you.”

The pleasure is all ours!

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NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS

Mindful Activity Book



Jo Quinn from JogaYoga, and one of our Cruinniú na nÓg artists, has recently published her first mindful activity book! There are 12 pages of yoga poses to colour in and mindful exercises for the whole family.

'Sometimes when we're out for walks my kids just stop and sit down into their mindful body pose and tune into their senses' -Feedback from a parent about JogaYoga

Get yours here

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Stagezone End of Year Video



Stagezone Theatre School has presented a show in Draíocht every year since 2002 and we have some amazing memories, from ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Hot Mikado’, ‘Jungle Book’ and ‘The King and I’, to name but a few. In addition, Stagezone students present an annual end of year showcase. As they couldn't have their 2020 showcase last week in Draíocht, they’ve produced a video instead featuring some of their students, and we think they did a fantastic job working remotely.  Well done guys & we miss you all. ❤️

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Many of our venue colleagues are reopening on Monday 29th June for the first time since March, just like us! We’d like to wish them all well! We hope to see you all soon!

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THANK YOU

These are tough times for arts venues all around the country. If you can support us at this time with a donation, no matter the amount, it would mean the world to us, or you can purchase a Gift Voucher for future use. We've been blown away by your generosity so far, so a huge thank you from all of us.

Do support our exhibiting Artists if you can by purchasing a print in our Online Gallery. You can secure a print with a 25% deposit or pay in full, so we can pay the artist promptly.

Is there someone you know who is missing Draíocht? Get them to sign up to our newsletters so we can keep in touch, share our news, and get ready for our live shows soon!

 

Keep in Touch

From Monday our Box Office is open again 01-885 2622.

If you need something specific, the best way to contact any of our staff at the moment is by email. 


From our homes to your homes, when you need us, we will be there.
Tell us how we can help? Email marketing@draiocht.ie

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Draiocht News Update - 12 June 2020

June 12, 2020

Draíocht Audience Survey

Since 2001, Draíocht has proudly served the people of Blanchardstown and surrounding communities. Now our much-loved venue is temporarily closed, as we play our part in preventing the spread of coronavirus. We have no past experience to draw upon for a situation like this - so we really need to hear your thoughts on the current situation and how you feel about attending events again at some point.

We have worked with our partners, Thrive and Indigo to develop a short online survey, which is available HERE.

We would be grateful if you would spare us a few minutes to complete it. Your responses are completely anonymous and will be used to inform our own planning, as well as being added to responses from all over Ireland to help produce a national picture for theatres, arts centres and festivals alike.

Thank you so much and we look forward to welcoming you back before too long!
In some great news, we are delighted to announce that Draíocht's Betelnut Cafe will reopen on Monday 29 June. Stay tuned for times, menus and our new safety procedures.

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#CruinniunanOg - 13 JUNE 2020

Cruinniú na nÓg Starts this Week!
Presented by Draíocht in collaboration with Creative Fingal and Creative Ireland

We can't wait for Saturday when we kick off 3 weeks of Creative Celebrations! Thanks to the support of Creative Fingal, we’ve commissioned 6 Draíocht Artists to create 18 Videos, and Artist Alan Nolan to illustrate downloadable worksheets for each one!

Launching at 10am on Saturday 13th June and continuing weekly on 20th & 27th June, join us on our Facebook and YouTube Channels to enjoy 6 free workshops each week, with artists Andrew Carson, Anne Cradden, Conor Donelan, Genevieve Harden, Emily Matthews and Jo Quinn. 

Everything you will need for a fantastic day of creativity is available; from Mindfulness to Yoga & Dance, Paper Craft to Puppet Making, and Nature Trails to Drama Workshops, for all ages. Alan Nolan’s incredible worksheets are now available to download directly from our website.

GET A REMINDER EMAIL EACH WEEK & DOWNLOADABLE WORKSHEETS! 
Pop an email to nicola@draiocht.ie with 'Cruinniu Reminder Please' in the Subject Field and we'll send you the links!



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Let’s Stay Together: Draíocht Planning for recovery post Covid-19

Let’s Stay Together is a Fingal Arts Office initiative connecting artists and communities during Covid-19. Week 8 features our very own Director, Emer McGowan, in conversation with Sarah O’Neill, Deputy Arts Officer, Fingal County Council. They discuss how Draíocht’s staff and artists have coped over the last 12 weeks, the employment crisis in the Arts and Cultural Sector and how social distancing measures with reduced capacity will impact our Autumn programme.
 

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#SHOWUSYOURART - 350+ Submissions So Far



We can’t believe that next week is Week 12 of #ShowUsYourArt, the final week in this Project! We’ve journeyed together since the end of March through many creative tasks, taking inspiration from ‘Spring’, ‘Easter’, ‘Junk Art’, ‘Book Covers’, ‘Buildings’, ‘Animals’, ‘Family’, ‘Nature’, ‘Superheros & Supervillains’, ‘Holidays’ and ‘Best Friends’.

Our final week is dedicated to ‘Thank You Cards’. Let’s take the time to design a thank you card to all of those who have helped us through all this. It could be your family for providing for you, a worker who has persevered through the restrictions, your cat who has entertained and loved you, or even a fictional character who has whisked you away to a land of imagination!

This is a wonderful opportunity for us to say a HUGE THANK YOU to YOU!  Hundreds of children have come on this artistic adventure with us online.
The next stage of #ShowUsYourArt is equally exciting, as we’ll invite you to bring your work to Draíocht in early July, so we can assemble and curate a beautiful exhibition in our Ground Floor Gallery. We hope you’ve kept your artworks safe and can’t wait to present it for all to enjoy. We’ll open the exhibition to the public from 20th July with our new safety measures in place.

Interested in letting a mini-artist take part? Simply take a photo of your child's artwork when it's finished and email it to Paula at paula@draiocht.ie by 19th June. Tell us your child's first name & age (this may be posted on social media with your permission with their gorgeous artwork for all to enjoy).

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SUMMER PROJECTS GO DIGITAL!

We’re taking our Summer Projects online this year, collaborating with our artists in new and exciting ways. We are hugely grateful to our funders, Fingal County Council and The Arts Council as their continued support enables us to honour our financial commitments to all of our artists this Season.

It’s been a long and worrying 12 weeks, especially for artists, and we are so delighted to carry on working with them to bring you the quality of work that you know Draíocht for. Places are FREE but limited, and in some cases pre-registering is required. Full details are at the links below:


Summer Song School Online / With CreateSchool
Tuesdays for 5 weeks, starting Tuesday 30 June / 11am-3pm
30 June / 7 July / 14 July / 21 July / 28 July 2020
Ages 13-17 Years / FREE / Pre-registering required

Fingal Film School Online/ With CreateSchool
Thursdays for 5 weeks, starting Thursday 02 July / 11am-3pm
02 July / 09 July / 16 July / 23 July / 30 July 2020
Ages 13-17 Years / FREE / Pre-registering required

Art Explorers Artistic Adventures Online / With Deirdre O’Reilly
Fridays for 5 weeks, starting Friday 03 July
03 July / 10 July / 17 July / 24 July / 31 July 2020
Suitable for children aged 4-12 years / FREE / Videos posted to Facebook & YouTube Weekly

Summer Projects are FREE this year! Maybe you are in a position to make a small donation to Draíocht?

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NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS

NCFA #SAVETHEARTS CAMPAIGN
 


Artists, arts workers, and arts organisations need your support now. We must keep the arts on the national agenda while we move towards Government formation and Programme for Government. Help #SAVETHEARTS by demonstrating their importance to you.

Read more HERE.


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Poetry Phone - 1800 272994



Brought to you by Kilkenny County Council Arts Office, as part of their community wellbeing initiative, you are invited to dial the Poetry Phone to listen to one of 12 wondrous poems written by Kilkenny poets, Nora Brennan, Noel Howley, Orla Hennessey, Rose Kelly, David Thompson, Janis Woodgate, Willie-Joe Meally, Nuala Roche, Amanda Richards and Carmel Cummins.

The poems are beautifully recited by Kilkenny actors Susie Lamb, Ger Cody and Nuala Roche. Here you will find poems of memory, recollection, nature, nurture, and place, which will bring a smile to your heart, give you a sense of solace and comfort and some will take you back in time. Enjoy!

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A Song just for You / CCI Paris



The Centre Culturel Irlandais is offering up to 30 people the opportunity of a private serenade by a top Irish musician, via Zoom call, at 7pm French time on Sunday 21 June! Whether you're in France, Ireland or anywhere else in the world, we encourage you whole-heartedly to put your name into the hat to win this unique experience with an Irish singer. Singers announced so far include Claudia Boyle, Paddy Casey, Cry Monster Cry, Ríoghnach Connolly, Duke Special, Bronagh Gallagher, Glen Hansard, I Have a Tribe, Inni-K, David Kitt, Loah, Brían Mac Gloinn (Ye Vagabonds), Anna Mieke, Liam O Maonlaí, Jack O’Rourke, Christine Tobin and Niwel Tsumbu. Sign up on CCI's website by 18 June at midnight. 

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THANK YOU

These are tough times for arts venues all around the country. If you can support us at this time with a donation, no matter the amount, it would mean the world to us, or you can purchase a Gift Voucher for future use. We've been blown away by your generosity so far, so a huge thank you from all of us.

Do support our exhibiting Artists if you can by purchasing a print in our Online Gallery. Other ways to help Artists at this time is to show your support online, by following them on social media, liking and sharing their work and if you know them personally, give them a call and see how they are doing.

Is there someone you know who is missing Draíocht? Get them to sign up to our newsletters so we can keep in touch, share our news, and get ready for the day we reopen!
 

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Keep in Touch

We have two Covid19 Temporary Box Office Phone Numbers, for ticket enquiries, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm: 
083-084 7249 / 083-028 9771
Or maybe you just want a Draiocht Chat? Philippa & Cliona are at the end of the phones, happy to assist. 

 

If you need something specific, the best way to contact any of our staff at the moment is by email. 


From our homes to your homes, when you need us, we will be there.
Tell us how we can help? Email marketing@draiocht.ie

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Draiocht News Update - 29 May 2020

May 29, 2020



A road map to reopening...


Our optimism is keeping us motivated and we’ve put a roadmap in place for reopening Draíocht, in line with the Government Phases and HSE advice: 

Phase 3, 29 June: Betelnut Cafe and Draíocht’s Box Office will reopen
Phase 4, 20 July: Draíocht’s Galleries will reopen with our #ShowUsYourArt Exhibition in the Ground Floor Gallery.
Phase 5, 10 August: Draíocht’s Theatre Spaces can reopen (but we’ll wait until September to start our programme).

We are having conversations with promoters, musicians, theatre artists and comedians to put a programme in place to enable you access a range of great live entertainment this Autumn. They can’t wait to come back!  Your safety and enjoyment is our priority so Draíocht’s team are working hard to put all the necessary safety protocols in place to ensure that your visit and those of our artists, is completely safe. We know there are challenges ahead, but be assured that together we can work through them.

Your continued support and emails keep us buoyant, so a huge thank you from us to you! Rest assured that we won’t reopen until it's completely safe to do so.

Keep in Touch

We have two Covid19 Temporary Box Office Phone Numbers, for ticket enquiries, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm: 
083-084 7249 / 083-028 9771
Or maybe you just want a Draíocht Chat? Philippa & Cliona are at the end of the phones, happy to assist. 

If you need specific assistance, the best way to contact any of our staff at the moment is by email. 


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SHOW US YOUR ART - 300+ SUBMISSIONS SO FAR!

It’s almost week 10 of our 12 Weekly Art Submission Project #ShowUsYourArt for children of all ages, and the theme for next week is ‘My Favourite Holiday’. 

"These sunny days remind us of carefree times when we took to the beaches, the camper vans, the hotels, and the tents. These happy memories can be used as inspiration for our art, as they hold a special place in our mind. Let’s all remember our favourite holidays in our lives, from a Mediterranean beach, to the quiet Irish countryside, to a day trip on a bank holiday! #ShowUsYourArt and take us on the trip of a lifetime!"

Interested in letting a mini-artist take part? Simply take a photo of your child's art work and email it to Paula Nolan Quinn at paula@draiocht.ie by the deadline each week.
Tell us your child's first name & age (this may be posted on social media with your permission with their gorgeous artwork for all to enjoy)

Remember to keep your finished artwork safe at home so we can feature it in our opening exhibition from 20th July in our Ground Floor Gallery.

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LEARN TO PLAY MUSIC DAY

We really missed our mini musicians this week with the cancellation of ‘Learn to Play Music Day’, presented by Castleknock School of Music.
Last year, we welcomed over 50 youngsters to Draíocht, ranging in age from 6 months to 8 years, to try their hands at a variety of instruments and mini music classes.

This year, we went digital and presented 5 short video tutorials on our Facebook and YouTube Channels. Antoinette & Mr Rabbit gave us an insight into Early Music, Stevie showed us the Guitar, Eira demonstrated the Piano, Roisin explained the Flute, and we’ve included Cristina’s video tutorial all about the Violin. Hopefully they’ll whet your appetite to take up an instrument if you haven't already!

You can check out the full range of classes available on CSM’s website.


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CRUINNIÚ NA NÓG - 13 JUNE 2020

It’s just 2 weeks to go to Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 and our artists are busily creating video content in wonderful ways!  

We are thrilled to welcome writer and illustrator Alan Nolan on board to illustrate downloadable worksheets to complement our workshops. Alan is the author and illustrator of Conor’s Caveman, Fintan’s Fifteen and the Sam Hannigan Series for The O’Brien Press. His next book, Animal Crackers with Sarah Webb, is due out in August. 

Launching on 13th June and continuing weekly, join us on our Facebook and YouTube Channels to enjoy free workshops with Andrew Carson, Anne Cradden, Conor Donelan, Genevieve Harden, Emily Matthews and Jo Quinn. Everything you will need for a fantastic day of creativity is available; from Mindfulness to Yoga & Dance, Architecture to Puppet Making; and Nature Trails to Creative Writing. 

Read all about it HERE

GET A REMINDER EMAIL & DOWNLOADABLE WORKSHEETS


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NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS



Transcending Time by Aoife Dunne


This insightful, evocative 4D installation is presented by Fingal County Council Public Art Programme, part of the council’s new initiative ‘Let’s Stay Together’ - connecting people and ideas during the Covid-19 pandemic. A pioneering, innovative, and contemporary handling of a uniquely universal issue, digital installation artist Aoife Dunne conjures the absurd and fantastic into a fully travelling otherworld. Enter your address & have this technicolour dream come right to your doorstep in Fingal, from 8th-10th June 2020.

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#Messagesfor6thClass

Children's Books Ireland, together with children’s writer Sarah Webb, have created this wonderful video full of messages of hope and resilience to the 6th Classes of 2020 wishing them well as they make the leap to Secondary School - Enjoy 30 short messages from writers, scientists and sports people, including Eoin Colfer, Patricia Forde, John Boyne, Rob Kearney, Amy Hubberman, Sinead Burke and many others!

Watch the full video with all of these encouraging messages ...

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CONNECT - An experiment in Empathy

Can the power of babies generate feelings of empathy in teenagers? Anna Newell, ‘a hero of children's theatre’ (The Guardian) and ‘Early Years theatre pioneer’ (The Irish Times), conducted a new experiment with teenagers and babies over a number of days last October. Yesterday was to be the screening of the film Anna made about it but she has released it online instead. You can read more HERE.


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THANK YOU

These are tough times for arts venues all around the country. If you can support us at this time with a donation, no matter the amount, it would mean the world to us, or you can purchase a Gift Voucher for future use. We've been blown away by your generosity so far, so a huge thank you from all of us.

Do support our exhibiting Artists if you can by purchasing a print in our Online Gallery. Other ways to help Artists at this time is to show your support online, by following them on social media, liking and sharing their work and if you know them personally, give them a call and see how they are doing.

Is there someone you know who is missing Draíocht? Get them to sign up to our newsletters so we can keep in touch, share our news, and get ready for the day we reopen!

From our homes to your homes, when you need us, we will be there.
Tell us how we can help? Email marketing@draiocht.ie

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Draiocht News Update - 15 May 2020

May 15, 2020



Picture this ...The Draíocht Cabaret

Have you ever been in our Main Auditorium with the seats out? It’s HUGE! Now we realise just how lucky we are to have a flexible seating rig. It’s time for a re-imagined space and as soon as we can try it out, we’ll be back in Draíocht making this dream a reality for you and for us!

We have the potential to create a whole new experience for you, while we maintain social distancing and perhaps even add in table service from our bar. We may never go back! Stay tuned as we fine-tune our plans!

In the meantime, we are all meeting regularly online, planning for the future as best we can. Our Director Emer is now a member of the Working Group, recently established by Theatre Forum, to feed into the guidelines/resources they are developing around the re–opening of all Arts Centres. We’ll keep you posted!


We now have two Covid19 Temporary Box Office Phone Numbers, for ticket enquiries, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm: 
              083-084 7249 / 083-028 9771
Or maybe you just want a Draíocht Chat? Philippa & Cliona are at the end of the phones, happy to assist. 

If you need specific assistance, the best way to contact any of our staff at the moment is by email

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SUPPORT OUR ARTISTS AND BUY A PRINT

Draíocht’s forthcoming exhibition ‘MAKing Art: PRINTing’, curated by Sharon Murphy, will open later this Season once we’re back in action.
For now though, you can preview all the work from Graphic Studio Dublin in our Online Gallery, complete with Artists Biogs and Prices. Thanks to Robert Russell, Studio Director of Graphic Studio Dublin for this introduction to the work.

The artists are all Fingal based, and if you are interested in supporting their work by pre-purchasing a print, framed or unframed, please email nicola@draiocht.ie and we can take your payment by phone and organise swift payment to the artists.

Here are just 4 of the works available, to give you a taste…

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SHOW US YOUR ART - 250 SUBMISSIONS SO FAR

If all things go to plan, it's likely that Draíocht’s Galleries can reopen around July 20th. First up, we are delighted to showcase the wonderful submissions we’ve received over our 12 week #SHOWUSYOURART Project, with an Exhibition of the work in our Ground Floor Gallery.

We are already approaching Week 8 and the theme for next week is ‘Nature From Your Garden’



"While we may miss the sights and sounds of faraway places, there's still so much that can surprise you from the safety of your own garden! Explore every corner of your garden or nearby patch of grass to gather supplies, discover new things, or find inspiration for this weeks artwork!"

Interested in letting a mini-artist take part? Simply take a photo of your child's art work and email it to Paula Nolan Quinn at paula@draiocht.ie by the deadline each week. Tell us your child's first name & age (this may be posted on social media with your permission with their gorgeous artwork for all to enjoy)

So keep your art safe at home and keep on creating!
 

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FAMILY DAY WITH GEN



#CreateAtHome - My Dream Day - Make your Own Animation Set

#CreateAtHome - Artist Genevieve Harden has created this amazing workshop to help you create your own Animation Set, complete with backdrop, props and a mini photo of yourself in the middle of all the action, on your dream day.

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CRUINNIÚ NA NÓG - 13 JUNE 2020



Cruinniú na nÓg is Ireland's national day of free creativity for children and young people on 13th June.

In this, its 3rd year, everything is going to be presented online! Draíocht, with the support of Creative Fingal, is thrilled to be able to commission 6 artists to create 18 videos for young people of all ages.

Launching on 13th June and continuing weekly, join us on our Facebook and YouTube Channels to enjoy free workshops with Andrew Carson, Anne Cradden, Conor Donelan, Genevieve Harden, Emily Matthews and Jo Quinn. Everything you will need for a fantastic day of creativity is available; from Mindfulness to Yoga & Dance, Architecture to Puppet Making; and Nature Trails to Creative Writing. 

Read all about it HERE

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NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS

Fingal Arts Office - Let’s Stay Together

Let’s Stay Together is a Fingal Arts Office initiative connecting artists and communities during Covid-19.

In this week's episode, Arts Officer Rory O’Byrne welcomes Fingal artist Una Sealy, who lives and works in Howth.
Una is best known for her depictions of family life and portraits, and in this interview, she takes us through her process of how to paint a portrait, from start to finish, with her son Douglas.

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First Fortnight - Collectively Counting by Stephen James Smith 



Collectively Counting is a call for us all to pause for a moment and count together the many questions and wanderings that this time has brought to us.
Brought to us by First Fortnight, Ireland's Mental Health Festival, in collaboration with poet Stephen James Smith and director Craig Kenny with accompanying music from Gareth Quinn Redmond and Conor J. O’Brien (Villagers).

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#TheAxisChats

Our Friends in Axis Ballymun have an amazing series of half hour interviews with performers and those that work in the arts. Some you will know, some you might not, but all have a great story to tell, from Ballymun and beyond.
 

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TRY SOMETHING NEW - SEND A POSITIVE POSTCARD


From an office that practically runs on cups of tea, we can certainly relate to this gorgeous design from our friends in Treetop Studio

These cards will add a pop of colour to your loved ones day and hopefully make them smile too. All profits go to Feed the Heroes campaign and they are unfortunately SOLD OUT now. But it’s prompted us to think about popping a positive postcard to someone we’re missing to give them a smile and let them know we’re thinking of them. Zoom is great, but getting something in the post is even better we think!

Printing kindly sponsored by Sooner Than Later.

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MORE BABY NEWS



There’s definitely something in the water in Draíocht for sure! Our Technical Stage Manager Laura is now the proud mother of these cute baby chicks … pictured here having a CHICK-NIC with their mammy! We know where we’ll be driving as soon as the 5km ban is lifted!


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THANK YOU

These are tough times for arts venues all around the country. If you can support us at this time with a donation, no matter the amount, it would mean the world to us, or you can purchase a Gift Voucher for future use. We've been blown away by your generosity so far, so a huge thank you from all of us.

Do support our exhibiting Artists if you can by purchasing a print in our Online Gallery. Other ways to help Artists at this time is to show your support online, by following them on social media, liking and sharing their work and if you know them personally, give them a call and see how they are doing.

Initial results from a recent piece of research by First Fortnight, found that 91% of the 1400 arts workers sampled, had suffered some form of mental health issue or anxiety in recent times. First Fortnight are launching a new initiative on June 1st to support the arts sector …You can read more about it HERE.

Is there someone you know who is missing Draíocht? Get them to sign up to our newsletters so we can keep in touch, share our news, and get ready for the day we reopen!

From our homes to your homes, when you need us, we will be there.
Tell us how we can help? Email marketing@draiocht.ie

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Draiocht News Update - 01 May 2020

May 1, 2020




Hi there,

The arts are certainly proving their worth as a crucial part of wellness, helping us to stay positive during this current crisis. Online resources are plentiful and we hope you are enjoying Draíocht’s content, as well as that of all our arts colleagues who are working hard around the country; alone, but together; in isolation, but embedded in our communities nonetheless. We miss you all very much.

We have a new COVID-19 Temporary Box Office Phone Number, for ticket enquiries, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm:  083-084 7249
Or maybe you just want a Draíocht Chat? Philippa is at the end of the phone, as she runs our Box Office from home.

If you need specific assistance, the best way to contact any of our staff at the moment is by email

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FACEBOOK SENSATIONS!

We’ve 14 Blogs now to help you #CREATEATHOME with your children, with everything from a Junk Art Robot to a Paper Mache Book Cover.

In the last week alone, our professional artists have clocked up an impressive 6000+ views on Facebook with their fun video tutorials.

We are hugely grateful to our funders, Fingal County Council and The Arts Council as their continued support enables us honour our financial commitments to all our artists this Season.  We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase our artists work online and to carry on working with them to bring you the the quality of work that you know Draíocht for.

Enjoy Printing for Toddlers with Anne Cradden


Enjoy Cardboard Mask Making with Genevieve Harden



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SUPPORT OUR ARTISTS + BUY A PRINT

Draíocht’s forthcoming exhibition ‘MAKing Art: PRINTing’, curated by Sharon Murphy, will open later this Season once we’re back in action.

For now though, you can preview all the work from Graphic Studio Dublin in our Online Gallery, complete with Artists Biogs and Prices.

The artists are all Fingal based, and if you are interested in supporting their work by pre-purchasing a print, framed or unframed, please email nicola@draiocht.ie and we can take your payment by phone and organise swift payment to the artists.

Here are just 4 of the works available, to give you a taste…



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UPLIFTING MUSIC - GET YOUR GLAD RAGS ON!

Part of the joy of our work is experiencing uplifting events, and on occasion, we get the opportunity to record them. This is the perfect time to share with you a recording we made during the Mother Tongues Festival in Draíocht in February, by The Akano Rhythm Brothers and Friends

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, the Akano Rhythm Brothers have found a new home in Dublin 15 and love to share their language and African musical and dance heritage with everyone. Enjoy this upbeat family concert recording, with groovy and energetic sounds of Afrobeats with a modern twist, all while celebrating African culture. 

Play it loud and imagine that Draíocht is open once again, and we are all together celebrating in style! Hopefully that will be a reality very soon. Did we already tell you we miss you?


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MESSAGES FROM THE STARS!

We continue to receive Thank You messages for Draíocht’s audiences from our forthcoming performers who are so grateful that you are moving to their new show dates!

Here’s Red Hurley & Luan Parle saying a huge thank you, and expressing their excitement to return to Draíocht





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NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS


#DearIreland from The Abbey Theatre showcases 50 Writers & 50 Actors and premiered this week.
We're delighted to also mention that a number of our Home Theatre Ireland Artists are also featured in #DearIreland, including Dylan Coburn Gray, Nancy Harris, Shaun Dunne, Deirdre Kinahan, Eva O’Connor, and Felispeaks.


Carmel and Debs have a Zoom Call - Dirtbirds will be back in Draíocht in March 2021 ... In the meantime, you can always find them having fun on their Facebook Channel!



Rainbow Sheep for a Friday  - Our Friends in access>CINEMA, who are helping us to reschedule some of our movies, sent us this link. This one is especially for the very small people in your life... perhaps those who don’t always follow the crowd and go their own way instead! Enjoy!

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TRY SOMETHING NEW


The Science of Well-Being … Join over 2 million people worldwide for this FREE Online Course from Yale University.

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THANK YOU

These are tough times for arts venues all around the country. If you can support us at this time with a Donation, no matter the amount, it would mean the world to us, or you can purchase a Gift Voucher for future use. We've been blown away by your generosity so far, so a huge thank you from all of us.

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