Free Carnival skills workshops in south Donegal

Carnival Ballyshannon, the finale event of Donegal Bay & Blue Stacks Festival, this year finds inspiration in the ancient Celtic sea voyager tales or ‘imram. The theme this year is Imram Bran or The Voyage of Bran, a mythical celtic adventurer.

Carnival Ballyshannon, the finale event of Donegal Bay & Blue Stacks Festival, this year finds inspiration in the ancient Celtic sea voyager tales or ‘imram. The theme this year is Imram Bran or The Voyage of Bran, a mythical celtic adventurer.

The magic and fantasy of The Voyage of Bran will be brought to life on the streets of Ballyshannon through the artistic vision of LUXe, with their specially designed illuminated props, costumes and sounds. Colour and glow of exotic costumes and props will be supported by Workhouse Studios Easkey, Inishowen Carnival Group, Fire Performers Realta and Streetwise comic characters.

They will be joined by local youth and adult performers who have participated in the Carnival Workshop programme facilitated by, among others, local director Maura Logue and local facilitators Fiona Marie Fitzpatrick and Niamh Currid.

Dark Daughter Productions will create the finale performance, while Streetwise Community Circus, Suzanne Byrne (Stars of the West ) and Itchy Feet Percussion Co., will offer various workshops in September.

There’s loads on offer - all free of charge - so take your pick. All workshops run for a series of four weeks.

Free teen dance / and adult dance workshops will take place at 6.30pm for teens and at 8.30pm for adults started last night (Wednesday), September 12 at the Marian Hall, College Street, Ballyshannon and continue for another three weeks. Bring a friend and have some fun.

Itchy Feet will faciliate free Samba Drumming workshops for 16years and over will be held at Bundoran Language School on Thursday nights for four weeks, beginning tonight at 8.15pm. Drums and cosstumes to be provided. No experience needed.

Youth Carnival Arts Workshops for young people aged 10-12 will be held on Saturday mornings. These will focus in performance skills, for those wanting to take part in the parade and also in a specially created finale performance, telling the story of Bran and his Voyage into the unknown.

The workshops are funded by Donegal County Council Arts office and supported by Erne Enterprise

Please contact Maura on 085 224 3306 or darkdaughterevents@gmail.com or t Erne Enterprise on 071 985 2822 for further information

The Voyage of Bran Ballyshannon Carnival takes place on Saturday, October 6 at 7.30, proceeding along College Street and Castle Street to The Port. Traffic and parking restrictions in place on the night.