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. 



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.



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.



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




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.



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 ...


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.



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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