Thu 20 Jun - Sat 31 Aug 2019 Ground & First Floor Galleries // FREE

GROUP presents Conor Coady, Victoria J Dean, Sarah Farrell, Cara Farnan, Anna Hryniewicz, Riin Kaljurand, Oran Leong and Éanna Mac Cana.
Ground Floor Gallery


SOLO presents ‘Crossing the Lens’, Draíocht’s 2019 INCUBATE Commission by Ashling Smith, in her first solo exhibition. Smith was the inaugural winner of Draíocht’s Creative Digital Media Award 2018, in association with TU Dublin Blanchardstown.
First Floor Gallery

With opening night performances by Conor Coady (performance artist) & Oran Leong (contemporary dancer).

Curated by Sharon Murphy

PLATFORM 2019 is an exhibition and a series of associated performance events showcasing the work of emerging artists who engage with the Gallery as a playful, experimental and creative space. 

GROUP features the eclectic work of 6 early career artists who use a wide range of media to explore their concerns:

Victoria J Dean is a photographic artist whose work explores the human propensity to rationalise space, in the context of place and landscape. Sarah Farrell's work explores and articulates the fragility implicit in personal relationships and the human experience. Her practice centres on painting, photography and sculptural forms. Cara Farnan's work attempts to find balance within the contradictions of knowledge and sensation, exploring the space between the two through sculpture, installation, sound, text, video, drawing and print. Anna Hryniewicz is a painter whose work explores abstraction, form and colour and which is strongly influenced by memories of childhood drawn from the natural world. Riin Kaljurand is a painter whose interest lies in paint itself – its physical quality and formability. Her work is influenced by her geopolitical origins in the former Estonia Soviet Socialist Republic. Éanna Mac Cana uses video and multimedia installation to explore themes of the everyday imbued with a deeper personal significance. A sudden sense of loss and identity are key themes within the works, as he explores both physical and psychological boundaries. Conor Coady's practice is concerned with the unseen internal becoming an external physical experience. Through his performance art practice, he investigates oppressive social structures that queer individuals are subject to, referencing both historic and contemporary Ireland. Oran Leong is a dancer whose practice encompasses contemporary and Irish dance. He works both collaboratively with theatre practitioners, choreographers and ensembles as well as choreographing his own solo work.

SOLO is Draíocht’s INCUBATE commission 2019 from Ashling Smith and will be the artist's first solo exhibition. Winner of Draíocht’s inaugural Creative Digital Media Award 2018 (in association with the Technological University Dublin, Blanchardstown), Smith will present a new site- specific, digital media work combining image, sound, text and installation. Ashling’s practice incorporates still and moving image, sound and text. In her practice she gathers personal narratives that explore the boundary of the real and the imagined in relation to specific communities and places. For this commission, Smith explores memories and reflections via the family's analogue film photo album.

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

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Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019 at Draíocht

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019 at Draíocht

Presented by Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC) in collaboration with Draíocht and Fingal Arts Office

Mon 24 - Sun 30 Jun 2019

2019 sees the Irish Youth Dance Festival celebrate its 19th year – making it Ireland’s longest running youth dance festival. This unique and hugely popular event will offer audiences the opportunity to see the most exciting up-and-coming young dance talent Ireland has to offer, alongside International guests, masterclasses, workshops and performance opportunities! Draíocht is delighted to host IYDF 2019 for the first time.

Youth Dance Residency
MON 24 - FRI 28 JUN  Draíocht Studio

This week-long residency with teacher and choreographer Justine Doswell (DYDC), is for young people selected from D15 Transition Year Secondary School Taster sessions, held earlier this year. 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.

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019
SAT 29 JUN  8PM  Main Auditorium 
€14 / €12
conc / Family of 4  €40
Audiences are promised the most exciting up-and-coming young dance talent Ireland has to offer in this fully staged production on Draíocht’s Main Stage.

Dancers Day: Masterclasses
SUN 30 JUN 11AM-3.15PM  €10 per class
As part of the IYDF 2019 activities, there are masterclasses available in Contemporary Dance, Jazz and Hip-Hop.
11AM-12.15PM / Jazz with Anderson De Souza (Brasil) 
12.30PM-1.45PM / Contemporary Dance with Toni Bravo (US)          
2PM-3.15PM / Hip-Hop Fusion with Matt Szczerek (Ireland)
These Masterclasses are FREE for festival participants.

Young Creators Platform
SUN 30 JUN 4PM  Draíocht Studio  Free
Young dancers aged 12-25 years will perform their own choreographic works and share their creativity in front of a supportive audience. Its a great opportunity for young dancers to present their work and get feedback from the audience at the Q&A session after the performance.
Further information about applying for Young Creators Platform from Mariam Ribon at

Booking through Draíocht’s Box Office tel 01-8852622.
For more information about IYDF at Draíocht, contact Sarah Beirne,

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019

Dublin Youth Dance Company

Sat 29 Jun 2019 8PM 8PM Main Auditorium // €14 / €12 conc / Family of 4 €40

2019 sees the Irish Youth Dance Festival celebrate its 19th year – making it Ireland’s longest running dance festival. This unique and hugely popular event will offer audiences both new to and familiar with contemporary dance the opportunity to see the most exciting up-and-coming young dance talent Ireland has to offer - along with masterclasses, workshops and performance opportunities! The programme for 2019 will feature dancers aged from 12 to 25, and offer a real variety of performances showcasing dancers, choreographers and companies from across Ireland. Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC), who present the festival together with Dance Ireland, is Ireland’s premiere contemporary youth dance group, and are known for their passionate, imaginative and often cross-disciplinary work.

The festival will also be presenting work by international artists, including new work by Mexican American choreographer Toni Bravo, whose career has included experience with London’s Royal Ballet and with contemporary dance legend Pina Bausch. She currently holds the title of the Artistic Director Diverse Space Youth Dance theatre in Austin, Texas. Some of her work with dancers here and from the US will be presented during IYDF. The festival will also include a dance residency by Toni Bravo in collaboration with Dance Ireland.

Read more about the Festival here ... 

Performers include: Limerick Youth Dance Company / RISE Youth Dance Bristol / Laois Youth Dance Ensemble /