Leanbh Children's Festival

  • 4th Oct
  • 10:00
  • Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street
Family Events
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946


Taking place throughout the month of October, an ambitious programme that will thrill, engage, excite, create cultural experiences and facilitate learning for young people aged 6mths - 12yrs.

In our Centre and in our Library, we plan to brighten up those autumnal October days with fun, creativity, and lots of giggles!



Starcatchers & Branar Téatar do Pháistí present

4 & 5 October | 10.30am & 12:00pm

Adult & child €10 | Additional Adults €7/child €5

45 mins (35 mins performance + 10 mins playtime)

Age 6 months – 2 years

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St


The world all around us is made up of wonderful shapes. But sometimes there are so many shapes that some shapes get lost. This is a story of two shapes, Cubert and Triantán, and the adventures they have finding their way back to each other.

Set in a soft and tactile environment Starcatchers and Branar tell this interactive story through puppetry, object theatre, music and sound.

Branar Téatar do Pháistí was founded by Marc Mac Lochlainn in 2001.  Throughout its 15 year history Branar has developed and produced many high quality children’s theatre performances. We create shows that are not language dependent and captivate an audience both young and old.“We tell big stories for little citizens”.

Starcatchers is a pioneering organisation that specialises in performances and creativity for babies, toddlers and young children aged 0-5 and their parents and carers. They strive to put the needs of babies, toddlers and young children at the core of everything they do, while engaging with the parents, carers, families, early years’ professionals and communities who nurture them.

“Branar... magic of a high order.” - Irish Theatre Magazine

“... a fantastic experience.” - Nursery school teacher, Dundee 




Indepen-dance 4

11 Oct | 10.00am - 12:00pm

25 mins | Age 3-5 years

Adult/Child €5

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St


A whimsical adventure featuring bobble hats, scarves, tents that have a life of their own and, of course, lots of fun in wellies! 

This new show for 3-5 year olds was created by Indepen-dance4, Scotland’s inclusive professional dance company which consists of Hayley Earlam, Adam Sloan, Neil Price, and Emma Smith.
Founded in 1996, Indepen-dance is an established and highly respected inclusive dance company which creates opportunities for disabled people to enjoy, express and fulfil their potential through dance. As strong believers in integration all their activities are offered to people with and without disabilities, providing everyone with the opportunity to learn from each other and share in a creative experience. 

"Four Go Wild in Wellies was imaginative and creative ,full of fun and humour, worked at such a lovely pace had so many touching and relevant ideas which would give adults so much to talk about with the children. Beautifully crafted in every aspect!" Christine McCandlish - Headteacher



Lyngo Theatre

18 Oct | 60 mins

12:00pm & 6:00pm

Adults €7/Child €6

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St

Age 6+


Table-top puppetry is magnified to giant-size using a mix of live cinema and theatre as Patrick Lynch, otherwise known as the presenter of CBEEBIES programmes like 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Let's Celebrate!', takes the audience on a thrilling ride across the magical world of ancient Greece.  He directs the lights, camera and action in front of your eyes to show the famous battles, floating islands, one-eyed giants and angry Gods making up the Odyssey.

Patrick says, 'It's one of the hardest shows I have ever done but one of the most rewarding. I have 87 cues to do in a one hour show as I control the lights, camera and action with my hands and sometimes even my feet but the audience, no matter what their age, seems to be transfixed.'

‘Magical’ familiesonline.co.uk


From Scratch Orchestra!  

19 Oct | 9.45am – 11.00am | 11.15am – 12.30pm | 1:00pm – 2.15pm

€3 | For 2nd & 3rd classes | Max 30 students per session

This workshop is only for Schools - please call  041 9875140 to organise group bookings. Teachers go free.

Join Music Generation Louth for an unforgettable hands-on orchestra workshop
experience with lots of great music to listen to, play and create.
For adventurous students and their teachers who like to make lots of noise and are
curious about playing music. We'll be bringing an instrument for everyone to play -
violins, violas, cellos and double basses. Experience the thrill of making a big
orchestra sound with us.
Music Generation Louth is a music programme that provides a range of
opportunities for children and young people to learn music. It is part of Music
Generation - Ireland's National Music Education Programme, initiated by MusicNetwork, co-funded by U2, the Ireland Funds and the Department of  Education and Skills.



Punch Lion Comedy Workshop

Wed 1 Nov | €12 | 12.00pm | Age 8-12 years

Do you like telling silly jokes? Do you want to express
your inner comedian?? Are you good at acting funny???
Then join the Punch Lion Comedy Workshop with an
introduction to stand-up comedy, comedy
improvisation, sketches, comedy acting and silly
story-telling. A confidence building workshop in a
supportive environment. 

Our classes are fun,positive and shhhhh (don’t tell anyone!) …a great positive and shhhhh



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