Draíocht News Update: 25 September 2020

September 25, 2020

Still Making Magic Behind Closed Doors

"Last year we had 1000 people through our building, tonight we have 44... it has been 190 days since our last live theatre performance & tonight we get to do one and then we’re closed for the next 3 weeks."

Our Director, Emer McGowan, commenting on the RTÉ News last Friday night, on Culture Night, as we were lucky enough to preview one of four planned performances of  'Birdboy' by United Fall/Emma Martin, as part of Dublin Fringe Festival. Unfortunately, like all other Dublin venues, we've had to close again for another 3 weeks, as a result of new government restrictions on indoor gatherings.  

We’re very thankful for your support and enthusiasm for returning to live events, and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible. Please bear with us while we try to reschedule event dates over the next 3 weeks and make contact with all audience members who've booked tickets.

For now, our Artist Support programmes will continue with all our enhanced protocols and procedures in place, and our Café will remain open (for take out only), Monday - Friday 10am-2.30pm.



Draíocht Café

We are operating a café on a temporary basis until new tenants are in situ.

We're open Monday - Friday 10am - 2.30pm for a selection of a high-quality range of fairtrade, hand-roasted coffee, organic teas, hot chocolate, fresh muffins and chocolate bars.

Please note that our café is currently take-away only.


Forthcoming Events



Draíocht Rocks

"Here in my hand is more than just a rock or a stone.      
It’s a little bit of magic, for our community to own..."

It's been a busy week so far for artists Genevieve Harden and Emily Matthews, who've been sharing the magic of rock art, poetry and treasure hunts with local children online.

After decorating stones and rocks with Gen, join Emily as she walks through Millennium Park hiding some very special Draíocht Rocks for you to find on our rock hunt. How about you bring some of your own decorated rocks to the park and leave them beside Draíocht's, for other treasure hunters to discover!

You can watch all of our videos so far here:
Rock Art with Genevieve Harden
‘A Little Bit of Magic’ with Emily Matthews
We’re Going on a Rock Hunt with Emily Matthews

And join us this Saturday for the final video from Genevieve, where we will be learning more tips and tricks to decorating our rocks.


MAKing Art: PRINTing

MAKing Art: PRINTing, Curated by Sharon Murphy, opened and closed on the same say, last Friday 18 September 2020, as a result of new Covid-19 government restrictions on indoor gatherings introduced for the Dublin region.

We’re very thankful for your support and enthusiasm for returning to our First Floor Gallery from 20th July, and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible to both Galleries from 12th October.
Stay in touch across our social media channels, as we introduce the work of our Ground Floor Gallery Artists, Neil Dunne, Margot Galvin, Fiona Kelly and Aoife Scott. 

Exhibition continues until Sat 16 January 2021

MAKing Art: PRINTing - New Impressions (Ground Floor Gallery) explores how traditional printmaking techniques have been re-imagined and re-worked and invites us to consider: what makes a print a print? 


Family Day: Magic Mono Print

Why not let the little ones enjoy the magic of printmaking?

Come along with your family and hear about our current printing exhibition, how printing works and what techniques printers use. Meet the artist Margot Galvin, see and hear about her work, and with the help of our artists experience the instant cause and effect of printing. By using colours, inks, lines and shapes, create a small print to feel this messy magic yourself!

Find out more about this free workshop on Saturday Oct 17th HERE.

Spaces are very limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.


Space to Create - Artist Support at Draíocht

Draíocht continues to support artists this September with free spaces to rehearse, write, create, film, dance, think & plan... whatever they need!

Sue and Sinead from the Dirtbirds used our rehearsal room to create new content, improvise new sketches, and prepare for the day when they can get back on stage.
Dirtbirds - No Filters will be performed in Draíocht on Friday March 5th.

Thomas Johnston & Ceol Connected visited for 3 days working on their Tradoodle Festival in our upstairs studio space.

Simona Roveda joined us to develop her one woman show, touching on the topics of being a woman, a mother, an emigrant, a clown...Using our rehearsal space, Simona sought to deepen her reflection in the territory of identity, ritual and language.


Jess Rowell - Dance Artist In Residence 2020

Jess Rowell, Draíocht’s Dance Artist in Residence 2020, has found innovative and exciting ways of moving forward with her residency this year. Jess has a specialism in working with children, young people and artists with an intellectual disability.

So far this year she has been facilitating and supporting members of Draíocht's 'Create Dance', our special needs dance programme, in a new film project ‘Chance to Dance’. The film explores and captures the power of communication through movement and the exchange of gestures between dancers in space and on camera.


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