Leanbh Children's Festival

  • 3rd Oct
  • 10:00
  • Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946

Our annual Arts Festival for children and families that will thrill and excite. Taking place throughout the month of October, in our theatre, in our schools and our Library with an ambitious, creative and playful programme. We plan to brighten up those autumnal October days with fun, imagination and lots of giggles! For children ages 0 months – 12 years. 
Supported by Intersure, Anglo Printers, and with the support of funding from the Arts Council, Create Louth and Creative Ireland. 


I AM BABA | Oct 3 | 10am, 11am, 12pm | €10 for parent & child) | Limited to six places | Sold out. 

I AM BABA is a theatre adventure for babies created by internationally renowned theatre director Anna Newell (www.annanewell.co.uk) and composer David Goodall, presented in association with the Civic Theatre, Tallaght. I AM BABA is a magical adventure of song, lights and textures for babies aged 0-12 months.  Comprised of gorgeous live harmony singing and playful objects this intimate immersive performance which happens inside a specially designed tent that holds just 6 babies – each with their adult guest.

TOM PALMER | Oct 10 | 1pm | AGE 7-12

As part of Children's Book Festival, Louth County Libraries presents well know children's author Tom Palmer. Tom will present his very popular Football Reading Game – half football reading quiz, half penalty shoot out – which makes reading fun and relevant to all children. A Drogheda Library schools event for invited classes. In association with Leanbh Children’s Festival.

TOM THUMB | Lyngo | Oct 14 | 3pm | €7/€6 | Age 3+

A classic story is brought to life in a playful and fascinating show full of Lyngo's magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. Come and join tiny Tom on his very big adventure! 

A WINTER WISH | Ceol Connected | Oct 17| 10am & 12pm | €6 (Teachers go free) | Age 3+

Every winter in Whistleberry Forest, a little robin comes to visit and grants the creatures of the forest their very own wish - they can wish for whatever they want!  As Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail, and Faoiláin the frog sing the magic words, the forest is transformed into an enchanting wintry wonderland.  A Winter Wish is a wonderfully interactive adventure that is sure to have everyone singing along.  Developed with the support of Draíocht, Blanchardstown.

Oct 24 | 12:00pm

We are delighted to support this new local theatre company and welcome them to their first Leanbh Festival. A choose-your-own-adventure play. Part theatrical experience, part interactive game, join our plucky protagonist as he goes on a fantastical adventure, where the audience determine the outcome. If you are interested in your school attending, please email rita.mcquillan@droichead.com

HOW TO CATCH A STAR | Branar Téatar do Pháistí | 1 & 2 Nov | 6.30pm & 12:00pm | €7/€6 | Aged 4+

Once there was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure. Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Téatar do Pháistí are proud to present How to Catch a Star.


Sat 6, 13, 20 Oct | 11am & 1.00pm | FREE OF CHARGE | NO BOOKING NECESSARY
Three free events open to children aged four and over in the local library and admission is free. 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.



Storytelling:  Dates: 1-5 & 8-12 Oct | Ages: Junior Infants - 2nd Class:

Delivered by Tríona Ní Dhuibhir, a singer and song writer who writes Irish language short stories for children and creates bi lingual
workshops of stories told through movement and song. Workshops are tailored to the age and language level of each group.
Workshops are fun and children find themselves effortlessly speaking, singing and moving through the story. Two 35 minute sessions
per day in one school. Limited to one class group per session.

Visual Arts |  Dates: 15 - 19 Oct | Age: 2nd - 6th class:

In 2017 we worked with over 1,000 students in 12 schools. Our team of six Visual Artists return in 2018 to facilitate free workshops
in local primary schools, letting children explore and experiment with different creative mediums. There will be three sessions per day
with a team of two visual artists. Limited to one class group per session.

If you would like your school to participate in one of the above programmes email rita.mcquillan@droichead.com   or call 041 9875140

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