Children’s Arts & Libraries Free Summer Programme 2021

by Gazette Reporter

Over seven weeks of summer, a feast of free online, outdoor workshops and performances for children and families is being brought to you by Dublin City Libraries and the Arts Office.

Called Inside it out, the programme is probably the largest, most diverse children’s summer arts programme in the country as there’s choice from over 100 events in 21 libraries. Ballyfermot, Ballymun, Coolock, Phibsboro, and Walkinstown Libraries are the locations for family-friendly outdoor events for all ages.

‘Families need a bit of playfulness, fun and creativity more than ever now”, says Mairéad Owens, City Librarian, Dublin City Libraries, ‘It’s wonderful to extend our reach online to new audiences as well, and to move outdoors safely to offer families space to meet each other and try something unexpected and new–we can’t wait to welcome them’.

Why not take up the challenge and sample what’s on offer?

Test your knowledge and meet some of your favourite storybook characters in Gaiety School of Acting’s Story Treasure Trail.

Creativity, playfulness and sustainability are the themes for ReCreate’s family workshops. CuriousB invites you to create a pop-up festival site to play in, with outdoor den building, statement bunting, personalized yoga mats and festival fashion.

Where in the World and Creativity on a Shoestring Online Workshops transports your family to another place to spark curiosity about the possibilities of the waste around us. There’s even a quirky box of materials to reuse.

Older children can learn new circus skills or enjoy a pop up show with the Dublin Circus Project. They’ve been sewing costumes and practicing tricks all lockdown which they’re rearing to show off.  

Thrill seekers will love Hive Minds and Heads Together; an online and outdoors workshop with thrilling theatre games, virtual realities and story improvisation.

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If you fancy a more calm and relaxed session try out Sensory Storytelling, where families will receive a little pack of props containing things to see, feel, hear and smell.

How about going on a Teddy Bear’s picnic in Irish with children’s book writer Sadhbh Devlin? Le Picnic Teidí, tar linn ar aistear amhrán chuig cuid de na háiteanna is ansa linn agus foghlaim amhrán nua Gaeilge linn. Léifidh Sadhbh Devlin, údar ‘Bí ag Spraoi Liom’, a scéal agus pléifidh sí cruthaíocht agus cumadóireacht leis na páistí. Beidh deis ag na páistí a chumadóireacht féin a dhéanamh agus measín dá cuid féin a dhearadh.

For the artists out there, there’s a three day online arts camp called Party Animals with artist Selene Murphy. There’s also one-off illustration and comic book workshops with Irish illustrator, Sarah Bowie whilst Brickflicks explores stop motions animation.

For the space and science enthusiasts in your life, the Rediscovery Centre is leading STEM workshops.

In a new early years developmental partnership with The Ark, there a host of events for little ones and their grown-ups. The natural world is explored by artist Jane Groves in Happy Habitats and Colourful Collages. Dancer Monica Munoz leads Underwater Moves, an Early Years dance adventure under water, while Joanna Parkes creates drama and storytelling adventures taking inspiration from well-known children’s stories. 

Speaking about the events, City Arts Officer, Ray Yeates says, “We are particularly happy to start our Early Years partnership with The Ark this summer. We’re looking forward to strengthening our work for this age group particularly in Cabra, Coolock and Ballyfermot Creative Hub libraries, supporting families and educators. Together we have plans for new commissions, residencies and training continuing into Autumn/Winter 2022 – so watch this space!’.

For more information and booking www.dublincitylibraries.ie

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