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Wednesday, 9th October 2019

Droichead’s Leanbh Arts Festival for children

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Kieran Gallagher of Kaka Boom will be giving samba drumming and percussion workshops at the Leanbh Chilfren's Arts Festival.

Leanbh is the Droichead Arts Centre’s annual arts festival for children and families, that will thrill, engage, excite, create cultural experiences and facilitate learning for young people aged 2-12yrs. In our centre, in our schools and in our library, there will be fun, creativity and lots of giggles.


It’s late, your room is a mess, your friends want to go late-night exploring, and you can hear your mother’s footsteps on the stairs, do you:

  1. - Jump into bed, turning off the lights?
  2. - Begin to tidy up?
  3. - Make a break for it out the window?

Produced in association with Droichead Arts Centre, UNDER D'BED from Tailtiu Theatre Company will give the audience control in a new choose-your-own-adventure play. Part theatrical experience, interactive game, join our plucky protagonist as he goes on a fantastical adventure, where YOU determine the outcome.

Wed 16 & Thu 17 Oct | 10am & 12pm |€6 (Teachers go free) | Age: 8-12

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The creatures of Whistleberry Forest have discovered a little oak tree growing deep in the woods. However, there are no birds singing, no leaves rustling, and no animals scurrying around its trunk. This delightful music performance takes children and accompanying adults on an adventure through the forest where they explore musical soundscapes, sing, dance, and help Oran the owl, Sorley the snail, and Faolán the frog bring the little oak tree to life through music.

“A wonderful, magical, absolutely enchanting and beguiling work... a real treasure” - Ellen Cranitch, Vespertine on RTÉ Lyric FM

Wed 23 Oct | 10am & 12pm |€6 (Teachers go free) | Age: 2-6


These Storytelling Sessions are brought to you in association with Louth County Libraries and The Children's Book Festival which promotes reader development and literacy and highlights the importance of reading in children's lives.

Droichead Arts Centre is committed to providing high quality cultural experiences for children with an ambitious programme of work for younger audiences.

Dates: Sat 5, 12, 19 Oct | 11am & 1pm | Free of Charge | Age: 4+


Explore rhythm, pulse, tempo, tones, as well as traditional Afro-Brazilian call and responses in these Samba Drumming and Percussion workshops. Led by Kieran Gallagher, participants will get to play a range of instruments and produce a completed musical composition.

Tue 29 Oct | 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm | €10 | Age: 8-12


Learn a variety of comedy performance skills, from stand-up comedy to improvisation, sketches to comedy acting and silly storytelling to ridiculous songs. A confidence-building workshop that is fun, positive and shhhhh (don’t tell anyone!) … a great laugh!
Wed 30 Oct | 12pm | €10 | Age: 9-12

You can learn more about each of these events online at or by calling our Box-Office on 041 9833946


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