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Launch of inaugural Bualadh Bos Children's Festival programme

Prof. Michael A Hayes, President of Mary Immaculate College, welcomed invited guests, including Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D.  to the launch of the very first Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival programme which took place on Monday 15th September in the Lime Tree Theatre.

Welcoming everyone to the launch Prof.  Hayes said;

 “Mary Immaculate College is delighted to welcome Minister Jan O’Sullivan to the College on her first visit as Minister for Education and Skills. It is most fitting that her visit is to launch the Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival programme. I wish the festival every success.”
Also speaking at the event was Louise Donlon, Manager of the Lime Tree Theatre, said that “The Lime Tree Theatre wishes to make children's programming a priority and this inaugural Bualadh Bos Children's Festival is a manifestation of that. Our place within a centre of excellence for the education of primary school teachers will highlight the importance of access and participation in the arts for our younger citizens to a new generation of teachers and community leaders.ˇ

The programme promises to capture the imagination of young audiences in the region with magical theatre, raucous book readings, chatty talks and interactive workshops. For the entire month of October 2014 both the Lime Tree Theatre and 69 O'Connell Street will be buzzing with active, curious and spellbound minds.

Theatre companies and writers will travel from Australia, USA, France, Italy and the UK to perform various shows in Limerick throughout the month of October. Irish company Branar, Téatar do Pháistí will present their new show The Way Back Home, which premiered this summer at the Galway International Arts Festival. Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company will amaze audiences with their special interpretation of The Elves and the Shoemaker. Limerick company Beyond The Bark has a new show SPUN which is based on a book by Emma Fisher, this visually stimulating show will attract a very young audience and the Kidding Ensemble Theatre Company’s show Sweet Hands and Spicy Feet is a thirty minute show suitable for 3 - 18mths. Along with performances catering for younger age groups, Fibin will present Othello and An Tráil for Leaving Certificate students. Morning performances will cater for schools but early evening shows for families will also be available.

Officially launching the festival programme Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D. said;

“This children's festival is one the most important festivals as part of Limerick's City of Culture 2014 programme. There is something for children of all ages in this programme.  Particular credit is due to the Lime Tree Theatre and Mary Immaculate College in hosting a festival of this calibre and so I am delighted to officially launch the Bualadh Bos festival programme here today”.

Voracious readers and future authors will have chance to meet and learn from some of the country’s best writers. Judi Curtin will talk about her inspiration and adventures in the world of storytelling and publishing. Darren Shan is back to read some of the especially grisly passages from his books. Celine Kiernan, Andy Stanton, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Sarah Webb and Oisin McGann will host various events for 8 - 15 year olds. For juniors we have short story telling sessions throughout the festival. The Bualadh Bos Children's Festival programme will fire up the creativity of every child that attends.

The Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival is funded by Bord Gáis Networks and the Limerick City of Culture 2014.

All events are listed here and tickets may be purchased on-line or through the box office on 061 774 774.

To view coverage of the event on the News2Day programme, please click here.

Pictured at the Launch of the Bualadh Bos Children's Festival at the Lime Tree Theatre were L-R: Louise Donlon, Manager of the Lime Tree Theatre; Fergal Mc Grath, Public Affairs & Media Manager, Bord Gáis Networks; Fidget Feet's Ashlene McFadden dressed as one of the Elves from 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'; Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D. and Prof. Michael A Hayes, President of MIC.

Pictured at the Launch of the inaugural Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival were L-R: Dr. Michael Finneran, MIC and LTT Board Member; Prof. Michael A Hayes, President of MIC; Louise Donlon, LTT General Manager; Fergal McGrath representing Bord Gáis Networks who are supporting the event; Marc Mac Lochlainn, Artistic Director with Branar, Téatar do Pháistí, Theatre-in-Residence at MIC; Brendan Lane, Chair of  LTT Board, John Coady, MIC and LTT Board Member and Ciara Ní Shúilleabháin, MIC and LTT Board Member.

Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D. pictured with members of Limerick company Beyond the Bark whose new show SPUN is based on a book by Emma Fisher (centre) and will premiere at the Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival in October.



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