Leanbh Children's Festival 2021

  • 31st Oct
  • All Day Event
  • From Free to €10
  • Droichead Arts Centre
Family Events
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946

          Leanbh Children's Festival 2021

Our annual arts festival for children and families, that will thrill, engage, excite, create cultural experiences and facilitate learning for young people aged 0-12yrs. In our Centre, in our schools,  outdoors, there will be fun, magic and mayhem...


STRONGWOMEN SCIENCE | Sat 09 Oct | 11.30am & 2.30pm | €8 | Age: 5+


StrongWomen Science – a fun, family circus science show exploding with astounding tricks and messy experiments!

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

StrongWomen Science doesn’t only illustrate scientific facts. It seeks to promote enquiry, inventiveness and accessibility in science, making it open to all, in particular young women and girls. In addition to demonstrating scientific principles in fun and accessible ways, it looks at the worth of failure and the power of teamwork, both shared by science and circus. Because when science meets circus, anything’s possible.


Two short films, written and narrated by Grainne Rafferty, filmed and edited by Ewan McNulty, produced by Droichead Arts Centre, with funding from Creative Ireland.

SELKIE | for children of any age | 10am / 11.30am / 1pm

".......unafraid that anyone would hear him he sobbed unreservedly till tears ran down his cheeks and dropped to the water that lapped at his feet. When he was finished he heard a voice in the darkness say “Salt water is the cure for everything” He jumped up clutching the bag in his hand for a fear had taken over him, “who’s there? He said “are you in the water? I can’t see your face the moon is behind you?” A story of how a Selkie came to be in Clogherhead.


Aoife and the Children of Lir | recommended 8+ | 10.45am / 12.15pm / 1.45pm

based on The Children of Lir, but not as you know it...

’tis a dangerous thing to dismiss somebody with nothing left to lose. Who was the wicked stepmother, changer of children to swans? a lost bird herself in a cage not of her choosing. A mere pawn to be shuffled off at the first inkling of wants or desires of her own. How dare she…how very dare she….




Droichead Arts Centre in association with Drogheda Library

Storyteller Grainne Rafferty returns to Leanbh in 2021, and will bring you on a journey with wonderful  characters little and large, weird and wonderful.

I AM BABA | ANNA NEWELL THEATRE | Tue 26 Oct | 10am/11am/12pm | €10: 1 adult + 1 baby | Age: 0-12 months


created by Anna Newell | presented by The Civic, Tallaght

I AM BABA is a theatre adventure for babies created by internationally renowned theatre director Anna Newell and composer David Goodall. Their shows for early years have been seen on six continents, off-Broadway and in every single Sure Start in Belfast.

I AM BABA is a magical adventure of song, lights and textures for babies aged 0-12 months. It’s a show about identity, agency and personhood. For babies.This national tour is funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

ALICE AND THE WOLF | PRESENTED BY BARNSTORM THEATRE | Sat 30 Oct | 12pm & 2.30pm |€8 | Age: 9+


A beguiling new production for audiences (9+ years) directed by Philip Hardy | presented by Barnstorm Theatre Company

Alice spends virtually all her time in Wolf Wood. You know, the world’s deepest, darkest online game. Why not? Her dad isn’t around, her mother’s gone to Canada to meet a lumberjack and her best friend’s dumped her for a YouTube star. 

But what happens when the people you meet online come looking for you in real life? Who can you trust, and who is the Big Bad Wolf? This re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood story is a digital fairy tale that's deliciously funny and full of dangerously dark twists.





Working with children from Drogheda and East Meath  a series of  “Back in the Groove” workshops will take place across five schools. Droichead along with KadaKaBoom Art’s Kieran Gallagher will facilitate a serious of online and live classes to schools. Teachers will work with their students and rehearse, and classes will take to their individual socially distance school yards where their body groove piece will be performed. Each individual school’s event will be filmed, edited together to create one GIANT GROOVE, which will be launched online on 22 October across all our social Media channels. Special thanks to participating schools – Le Chéile ETNS, Mornington, St Joseph’s NS. Mell, Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt Na Mara (Donecarney Boys NS), St Oliver’s NS and Aston Village ETNS, Drogheda.

Droichead are also excited to produce Drogheda’s Spooks Parade/Event on Halloween! 30 children, led by Kieran Gallagher, will march a short spooktastic Route.

Leanbh Children's Festival is sponsored by Flogas.

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland, Create Louth, Meath Council Arts Office, and Louth County Council.

From the 2 October, in line with government guidelines, we are slowly easing restrictions and increasing our capacity in a safe and considered way. To do this we will still operate in pods of 1's, 2's, 3's & 4's, keeping at least two seats around your pod free. Seating for the moment will be unallocated, and we will notify you of your seats in advance. In order to keep everyone safe we will require you to wear a mask at all times (over 12's only) and we will also require proof of vaccine/recovery and ID. Please read our Covid guidelines before you arrive. Thank you for your cooperation with us at this time, and welcome back.