Áthas Ballina Children’s Arts Festival kicks off Wednesday 28th March with the opening of the “Our World Our Lives” exhibition in the Civic Spaces of the Balina Civic Offices.
Children in the Ballina area will have the opportunity to explore their artistic and creative sides during the Easter holidays with this new Children’s Arts Festival.
Running from Thursday, April 5 to Saturday, April 7 2018, Áthas Children’s Arts Festival will host a number of children’s workshops in various venues around town. with book readings, workshops and shows catering for all ages.
Organiser Sandra Judge said: “We felt there was an opportunity to deliver some great arts content and encourage children to engage with the arts at a local level and we’re really looking forward to facilitating this new children’s event in Ballina. We hope it adds value to the Easter break for children and families alike.”
The Áthas Ballina Children’s Arts Festival will begin on April 5, 2018 in Ballina Arts Centre from 2pm to 3.30pm with a Storyboard Workshop for 3-5 year olds and their parents, facilitated by local children’s author Gemma McLoughlin. Gemma will also read from her book “Little Red Head in Céide Fields”.
On Friday, April 6, children are sure to be enthralled by Irish author Alan Nolan, author of “Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week” who will talk in Ballina Library from 12pm to 1.30pm about his works, illustrating and entertaining as he does. This event is suitable for children ages 7+ accompanied by an adult. This will be followed by a drama workshop from 3pm to 5pm in Ballina Sports and Leisure Centre for children aged 5-8 years, focusing on using voice and movement, incorporating elements of nursery rhymes and children’s favourite “The Gruffallo”.
On Saturday, April 7 from 12pm to 2pm, another prolific Irish Author, Erika Mc Cann of “The Clubhouse Mystery” and “Making Millions” fame, will read from and talk about her books in Ballina Library. This event is suitable for children aged 8+ accompanied by an adult. Afterwards, at 3:30pm, Ballina Arts Centre will host a showing of “Granny and the Salmon of Knowledge” produced by locally renowned puppeteer Carmel Balfe of Little Gem Puppets. Following the 35-minute show there will be a small puppet-making workshop led by Carmel for children and parents.
As a precursor to the festival, an exhibition of children’s work, ‘Our World, Our Lives’ produced in conjunction with Ballinglen Arts Foundation Education Programme will run from Wednesday, March 28 to Friday, April 6 in the Civic Area of Ballina Municipal Offices, showcasing printmaking works made by local schools and students with the Ballinglen artists-in-residence. The exhibition is available to view daily from 10.30am to 3.30pm and admission is free.
Workshop spaces are limited and tickets are already flying out – you can book a space for you and your child by calling Ballina Tourist Office on 096 72800 or dropping into the office on 44 Pearse Street, opposite the Jackie Clarke Collection.
The Áthas Ballina Children’s Arts Festival is supported by Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina Chamber of Commerce, Mayo County Council and ourselves here at the Mayo North Promotions Office.
Below is the brochure with a full programme of events. you can book a space for you and your child by calling Ballina Tourist Office on 096 72800 or dropping into the office on 44 Pearse Street, opposite the Jackie Clarke Collection.