Can you believe it, another year has passed and Aisling 2013 is all set to begin. The 16th Aisling Children’s Arts Festival. I am so proud to be associated with this festival and so excited when I see what the ever hard working committee has lined up for the children of County Longford this year.
Yet again the week is packed full of a wide variety of workshops, exhibitions, schools projects and theatrical performances. Some old, brought back by popular demand (Jack Wise and Fidget Feet) some very new (Clay and Hat making Exhibition), mime artists from as far afield as the Ukraine and then there’s our very own mime artists in the making in Ballinalee N.S. So much to choose from and so little time.
Without doubt our 16th festival could not be organised without the very generous and continued support of our sponsors. We are extremely grateful. Thank you also to Mona and everyone in Backstage Theatre, we simply could not do it without you. Thank you so much to St Michaels N.S. who will again host our Family Fun Day and to The Temperance Hall and all our out-reach venues, all are ideal locations and add so much to the community spirit of the festival.
Finally I must return to The Aisling Committee, thank you all so very very much for all your hard work. The long meetings, the phone calls, the applications, the emails, the work is never done but the fun and laughs are never far away. Thank you each and everyone.
Eric Ehigie is 11 years old and is in sixth class in St. Michael’s Boy’s School in Longford. Eric taught himself to draw by copying cartoons from television. Although he knew that his work was good, he never expected to win the Aisling Festival Art Competition. Eric is not sure what the future holds for him, but he knows that it will involve art at some level. Winning last year’s competition gave Eric great confidence in his work and he has enjoyed using his prize from Farrell and Coy to experiment.
On Thursday, October 31st from 6.00 - 9.00pm the 'Dead of Night' will fill the streets of Longford with a riot of colour and noise. Dress up with friends & family and be part of the brightest, most glamorous and sparkliest winter parade in Ireland as it winds its way to party central - aka Market Square, Longford where there will be lots o family fun and entertainment. More details will be available in the local press closer to the time.
In the meantime, if you have any queries or questions, please contact Eddie Ward, HSE on (043) 334-2031.