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.


#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.

Pop an email to nicola@draiocht.ie with 'Cruinniu Reminder Please' in the Subject Field and we'll send you the links!


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.


#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).



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?




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.


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!


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. 



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!


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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