Sticky fun for week one of children’s festival
The Sticky Fingers Festival 2012 had another successful start this year with the first week of events being highly attended and completely sold out.
The Arts Council funded charity hosts an arts festival for local children each year; and their first event this year was “Build a City Workshop” which was held in McClelland Park, Newry.
Fortunately, the sun shone and local school children of all abilities were invited to come and paint a life-sized, cardboard castle city. By all accounts, the event was a great success with the children relishing the opportunity to exercise their creativity whilst outside. Additionally, the first Golden Ticket winner was found!
Madison Holohan, was selected as the winner following a Fancy Dress competition with Sticky Fingers; and rather excitedly she opened a black envelope to find the first ticket. With Sticky Fingers and several local businesses hosting competitions, there are plenty more opportunities to win.
Later in the week there was a “Puppet Making Workshop”, then over the weekend there were a mixture of events with Banyan Theatre Company hosting a visual and inspiring storytelling event through puppetry and music and Jim Russell showing children how to create various paper animals – resulting in a paper zoo.
Furthermore, those who took part in the Paper Zoo will be able to see their amazing creations for longer, as it will be on display at an outdoor exhibition throughout the month of October.
The next events to feature in the Festival are ‘Cloud Man’, ‘Pumpkin Patch’, ‘Small Coloured Movements’ and a storytelling workshop. ‘Cloud Man’ is a magical and interactive event where the audience follow clues throughout the performance that may result in an enchanting experience.
Following the huge success of last years Pumpkin Patch, it is back this year but even bigger than before. Children and parents are invited to Alderside Farm to pick a pumpkin hidden in a spooky maze and to bring it back to the farm to carve; and with 3000 pumpkins planted this year, there are definitely enough for everyone!
The ‘Small Coloured Movements’ workshop is not to be missed for those who enjoy paints and have great imagination. With a little help they will see a blank sheet become a work of art before their very eyes.
Finally, Liz Weir, a professional and passionate storyteller, will enchant young and old with her skills and enthusiasm for this traditional art.
The variety of children’s arts events during the Festival ensures there is something for all ages and interests, and if the rest of the events are anything like the initial experiences, they will consist of lots of fun, creativity and little bit of mess!
For more information or to book tickets call the Box Office on 028 3025 7885 or go online to, www.stickyfingersarts.co.uk
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