✨Tradoodle Festival Monaghan 2020 will take place between 23-27 Nov ✨
Welcome to the third year of Tradoodle Festival Monaghan which will take place between 23rd-27th November.
23rd – 27th November: online workshops and selected school/family events
When we began to plan this year’s Tradoodle Festival in early 2020, which now seems like a lifetime ago, we could never have imagined the challenges and change that would lie ahead. Since spring, children and their adults across the county and further afield have no doubt experienced various degrees of uncertainty, confusion, and unease about what has happened, and what might lie ahead. It has also been a trying time for the arts, with artists, arts workers, festivals, and arts organisations working hard to bravely navigate an ever-changing landscape.
Amongst this uncertainty, and in this year like no other, what has become crystal clear is that it is more important than ever for children to have opportunities to connect with and discover meaning, creativity, comfort, and joy through the arts.
In response to changing levels and associated restrictions, Tradoodle Festival’s plans have changed, and changed again. What hasn’t changed however has been our commitment to bringing high quality experiences of the traditional arts, as well as a range of other art forms, to children across Co. Monaghan and further afield. During these strange times, we’re more determined than ever to sing and dance, to play and create, and to wonder and be curious.
We have been working with a really wonderful and inspiring team of artists and creatives to put together a primarily online programme, however we also have a number of events that we’ll gear towards selected schools. The range of activities include:
- Dancing in the Treetops (ages 5) with Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáin
- Curious Creatures visual arts workshops (ages 5+) with Duffy Mooney-Sheppard
- Butterfly Sing (ages 0-3) with Fiona Kelleher
- Singalong with Lorna (ages 4+) with Lorna McLaughlin
- Song Ties intergenerational project (all ages) with Brioni Gallagher
- Sensory Songs multisensory project with Orla Kelly and the TREEHOUSE team
- TREEHOUSE 360° (ages 7+) – an immersive gig theatre experience for children with our partners Riverbank Arts Centre, Dublin City University, and VR Ireland.
- Whistle in the Wind outdoor musical trail in the beautiful Lough Mucknoo (postponed, for now)
A sincere note of thanks to our main funding partners that include the Arts Council, Creative Ireland, and Monaghan County Council. A special thanks also to Cavan County Council who have funded the Sensory Songs element of our programme.
So, let’s get to it! This year’s theme is TREEHOUSE, so everyone – get ready to grab climb your rope ladder, jump onto that old rubber tyre, and swing right in.