Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 at Draíocht

June 7, 2019

Local children and young people are being called upon to fire up their imaginations and take part in one of the free Cruinniú na nÓg events taking place around the county on Saturday 15 June 2019. Now in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages participation by children and young people in creative activities in their local neighbourhoods and communities. 

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Draíocht has 2 events this year:

Family Art Day: Create and Celebrate!
Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

SAT 15 JUNE 2019 12 NOON - 3PM
Draíocht Galleries // FREE
Ages 5-10 years

Join our gallery artists for a very special Family Art Day to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg and launch our Children’s Gallery Guide! Just like a detective, follow the Rocketship to our First Floor Gallery, find and draw a masterpiece using the view finder! What else is there in a gallery to see and explore?! Why not come back another day and use our guide in a relaxed, self directed and fun way to explore a new Draíocht exhibition!

FAMILY DAY NOTES:
Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop.
Session 1: 12PM-12.50PM
Session 2: 1PM-1.50PM
Session 3: 2PM-2.50PM
Dress for Mess. Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part. Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child!
Booking tel 01-8852622


Creative Music Making - Early Years Music Sessions
Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

SAT 15 JUNE 2019  10.30am-11.10am & 11.30am – 12.10pm
Draíocht Studio // FREE
Ages 3-5 years

At the heart of this music workshop lie the infinite possibilities of creative expression when we use our voices and imaginations to celebrate selfhood and explore the world around us. Join early years music specialist Julie Tiernan as she creates a wonderful world of magical encounters using song and musical activities that support creative development and well-being in early years children.

Suitable for ages 3-5 years and accompanying adults. Please respect this age category as the workshop is designed especially for 3-5 years only.
Booking is essential through Draiocht Box Office 01-8852622.

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Ahead of this year’s event, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD said:   “Ireland is the only country in the world to have a dedicated day of free creativity for our children and young people. Although only in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg has already grown in ambition and scale with almost double the number of free activities taking place across the length and breadth of the country this year. This unique and important initiative helps us to deliver on our promise to enable the creative potential of every child and to give them the sense of accomplishment that comes with participating in a creative project that really triggers their imaginations.”


Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTÉ, said:  “Creativity and community are at the heart of RTÉ’s new mission statement.  They are also core principles of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Cruinniú na nÓg, which makes this partnership especially important for us. Encouraging and supporting opportunities for children and young people to come together to experience and explore their creative potential is a brilliant initiative. RTÉ supports over 130 arts and cultural events every year so recognizing and enabling artistic endeavour and creativity is something we take very seriously. We look forward to sharing in the excitement and fun on Saturday June 15 when the next generation of Ireland’s future creatives take centre stage on this very special day.”

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Full event details for Cruinniú na nÓg are available at creativeireland.gov.ie

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Apply Now for Irish Youth Dance Festival Residency - Ages 14-16 Years

May 31, 2019



Irish Youth Dance Festival Residency 2019 at Draíocht

Presented by Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC) in collaboration with Draíocht and Fingal Arts Office
MON 24 - FRI 28 JUNE 2019
Draíocht Studio // 10.30AM-3:30PM // FREE

This week-long residency, with teacher and choreographer Sue Malone (DYDC), is for young people selected from Dublin 15, aged 14-16 years of age, with an interest in dance. Over 5 days, participants will work together with DYDC facilitators, exploring and creating a contemporary dance piece for performance. The resulting dance piece will be performed at the Young Creators Platform on Sunday 30th June (an informal showing). No previous experience is necessary, just an interest in dance and working with others to create something new.

Places are FREE, but Limited.
Please apply with your name, age and address by email to sarah@draiocht.ie
Please include a short description of why you would like to take part.
For further information please contact Sarah on 01 809 8029
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday 7th June 2019

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The Toddler Take Over 2019 ... 375 people and 15 Artists in Draiocht creating magic!

May 31, 2019

30 May 2019

#TheToddlerTakeOver is over for another year and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did today! We toddled and wobbled our way through fresh grass and painted trees, musical instruments, cardboard wonderlands, teddy bears singing, an underwater tea party, joyous dancers, floating paper rain, a rocket and an orange moon .. and so much more ....

Stay tuned for more photos, but for now here's just a sneak peak from Ste Murray | Photography & Design who captured some of the happiness that radiated from Draiocht today! 

Thanks to all our artists, performers and audiences today and especially lead Artist Orla Kelly from Early Childhood Creativity, who created this magical wonderland, for the 5th Year in a row. 

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The Toddler Take Over 2019
A Little Event For The Youngest Citizens of Dublin 15
THU 30 MAY 2019 / 9.50AM-3.15PM
With a Sensory Toddler Event on WED 29 MAY / 10.30AM-1.30PM 


Dancing, prancing, singing songs … playing, swimming, scribbling ...
Join us for our 5th Toddler Take Over Adventure in May!
A host of wonderful artists and art forms awaits you to see, hear and experience new adventures during our Toddler Take Over Adventure 2019! Draíocht’s Toddler Take Over, now in its 5th Year, celebrates the limitless imagination of the very young child and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of artists and the arts. With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, and the very special addition of a Sensory Toddler Day, children are invited to explore sounds and movement and think about really important questions:
Will the Sad Mermaid get to the party?
Can I shake to make music?
Can a tent dance?
Draíocht transforms into a big space for adventure through story, visual arts, music, circus and dance for the very young. Scribble and draw in our Gallery Spaces, dance, move and take part in a party under the sea ... dancers will dance and musicians will play ... scribble, build and invent. Children are invited to bring their insatiable curiosity and their adults to explore, discover new art forms, create, play, dance, draw, sing and nurture creative potential, while having fun too.

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Further information from Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer, tel 01-8098029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie or marketing@draiocht.ie

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TU Dublin’s Sarah Mooney Wins Draíocht’s Creative Digital Media Graduate Award 2019

May 27, 2019


Sarah Mooney by Andres Poveda Photography

We are delighted to announce Sarah Mooney as the winner of Draíocht’s Creative Digital Media Graduate Award 2019 in association with TU Dublin Creative Digital Media Blanchardstown Campus ... Sarah's piece 'Serenity' is an installation that will help raise awareness of mental health in club culture by exploring the state of mind through an immersive, mixed media, audio-visual experience. Congrats to all students who applied.


The Creative Digital Media Graduate Award 2019 was open to this year’s graduating students from the Creative Digital Media Degree Programme and was selected by Draíocht’s Director Emer McGowan and Curator Sharon Murphy. The Award is offered as part of Draíocht’s INCUBATE programme, which supports young and emerging artists. This includes on-going series of studio-based residencies at Draíocht and opportunities to exhibit new work as part of Draíocht’s annual summer exhibition, PLATFORM.

The award includes:
- a six-week residency in Draíocht artist’s studio in summer 2019
- a solo exhibition in Draíocht first floor gallery as part of PLATFORM 2020

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Our Place Our Stories - Dylan Coburn Gray and Hartstown Community School

May 15, 2019

14 May 2019

The lovely gang from Hartstown Community School were in Draíocht today, recording with Arcade Film.
Collaborating with their artist partner Dylan Coburn Gray, under the artistic directorship of Veronica Coburn ‘Our Place, Our Stories’ is supported by Creative Ireland’s National Creativity Fund!

OUR PLACE, OUR STORIES is a project which facilitates a collaboration between 6 leading artists and 6 key communities of interest in Dublin 15, under the artistic directorship of Veronica Coburn (Home Theatre Ireland; Hallelujah!, Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir). Supported as part of the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, with additional funding being provided by Fingal County Council, this project will culminate on Culture Night, Friday 20 September 2019 in Draíocht.

Read more about the project here.


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