Saturday 21 September 2019

Last reminder to get ready for the Grasshopper Festival

Balbriggan Beat

One last reminder to organise your bottles, teddies and playthings, because Ireland's first-ever 'Buggy Parade' launches the inaugural children's 'Our Balbriggan Grasshoppers Festival' on Friday August 16 to 18.

The festival, a fun-packed event aimed at children under six years of age, celebrates Balbriggan's place as having the youngest percentage population in Ireland.

The festival kicks-off with a big push at 5.30pm on Friday August 16, with an open invitation to mammies, daddies, carers and children to decorate their prams or buggies and join the parade from Market Green.

The brainchild of Acting Up Arts and fully supported by Our Balbriggan and Fingal County Council, the festival is one of the 20 things to happen in the first 12 months of the Our Balbriggan Plan, which will see a €20m-plus rejuvenation of the town, led by a community vision, over three years.

The jam-packed international celebration of early years communities will see visiting companies from Croatia, Lithuania, Romania and Belgium perform workshops for various age groups and families over the weekend.

Over the weekend, there will also be an exhibition of 'Our Community' pre-school artwork in the library, Millfield and along the Main Street where Balbriggan's youth describe their home town.

One hundred pieces of original art work will go out for display, drawn or relayed by the children, with depictions of colour, vibrancy and activity showcasing the very best of under six talent.

The festival is being organised by Cliodhna Noonan of Acting Up! Arts, who is highly regarded for developing new and innovative art projects for early years.

Cliodhna said: 'This project is dedicated to our youngest citizens, the 0-6 year-olds and their families.

'Balbriggan has the youngest population in Ireland, and this festival is something to bring the community together while also adding an international flavour with visiting companies who regularly celebrate the youngest people in communities all over mainland Europe.

'It's a fantastic line-up which will stimulate and encourage development among our young and carers, parents and families will also enjoy the events.'

Emer O'Gorman, Fingal County Council Director of Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Development said: 'We have already enjoyed a number of fantastic summer festivals and, as the plan develops, there is more to come which the whole area will enjoy.'

To book your buggy and your bundle of joy, go to:

Parents, families and care-givers are advised to book early for the workshops as places are limited. It promised to be a fantastic event.

Fingal Independent