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The development of new and younger audiences for the arts is important to Éigse, and many of Carlow’s younger citizens are already participating in ÉIGSE 06 through the festival’s extensive educational programme, spanning visual arts, music, theatre and dance. We’ve cherry-picked some great events from this schools programme to present in a public context for children and young audiences to enjoy with their family and friends.

visual arts workshop with The Ark, A Children’s Cultural Centre
DATE Monday June 12 – Saturday June 17

10am to 2pm (break from 11.30am to 12noon)
Additional workshop added due to demand:
Saturday June 17, 3pm to 5pm

LOCATION Carlow Town Parish Centre
ADMISSION €10 per child – from festival box ofice
ÉIGSE 06 has collaborated with The Ark, a Cultural Centre for Children, to present a series of illustration workshops for 8-12 year olds in this year’s festival. Artists Liz Smith and Laura de Búrca both have significant experience in working with young people at The Ark’s custom-built centre in Dublin city centre, and they will lead children through the workshop as they create their very own, beautifully produced, hand made books, working within the theme of Utopias, the central concept of ÉIGSE 06’s visual arts programme. The children’s work will be exhibited in shop windows on Dublin Street and Tullow Street.

EVENT THE ENORMOUS TURNIP – storytelling with Armagh Rhymers
AGE SUITABILITY 7 – 12 years
DATE Saturday June 17

12 noon to 2pm (workshop and performance)

LOCATION Town Hall Theatre, Haymarket
ADMISSION €5 – from the festival box office

The Armagh Rhymers, comprised of Dara Vallely, Peter Shortall and Brendan Bailey, are one of Northern Ireland’s most colourful cultural traditions groups: musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers. For over 28 years they have performed locally and internationally to audiences of all ages and abilities.  For ÉIGSE KIDS, The Armagh Rhymers will perform The Enormous Turnip, their hilarious story of an old soldier who returns from war and grows the biggest turnip ever seen. The Armagh Rhymers cannot do this without your help so come and join us!


DANCE POP – dance workshops with Dance Theatre Ireland

AGE SUITABILITY 6-10 years / 10-14 years / 14-18 years
DATE Saturday June 17

10am / 12.30pm / 3pm (duration 90 minutes)


Sports Hall, Institute of Technology, Kilkenny Road

ADMISSION €5 – from the festival box office

ÉIGSE 06 is pleased to welcome Dance Theatre Ireland and their experienced dance tutor Eleanor Brannigan to Carlow to present their popular and inventive Dance Performance Outreach Programme, DANCE POP. Dance is one of the greatest celebrations of the human spirit, and we invite as many of Carlow’s young people as possible to come along and join in.


Art and illustration Workshop Weekend with Derry Dillon

AGE SUITABILITY 12-17 years /  7-11 years
DATE Saturday June 17 / Sunday June 18

11am to 5pm / 11am to 1pm


Éire Óg Clubhouse

ADMISSION Teenage workshop €10 (10 places only)
Junior workshop €5 (12 places only) – from the festival box office

Eigse Carlow Arts Festival is hosting workshops for both Primary and Secondary schoolchildren, led by Tipperary-based artist Derry Dillon, to encourage creative thinking and skills development in a fun environment. Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials.

Éigse Carlow Arts Festival Ltd, Foresters Hall, College Street, Carlow.
telephone: 059 9140491 / fax: 059 9130065 / email: eigse3@eircom.net