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Leanbh Children’s Festival 2022 will bring spooks, drums and fun galore to Drogheda


Kakatsitsi, Master Drummers from Ghana

Kakatsitsi, Master Drummers from Ghana

Dundalk Classical quartet, Glas

Dundalk Classical quartet, Glas

The annual Spooks Parade is always a popular, if scary, affair!

The annual Spooks Parade is always a popular, if scary, affair!


Kakatsitsi, Master Drummers from Ghana


Celebrating the wonderful world of children, Droichead’s annual Leanbh Children’s Festival returns this October 15th to 18th with a wonderful array of events for all ages.

From the opening day featuring The Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana, through to the wonderful closing day Spooks Parade in the streets of Drogheda and showcasing the creativity of local school children, the programme will offer events to stimulate the imagination including wacky science outreach shows, music for babies, award winning ants and busy bugs.

“We want more people across all communities to know the arts in their lives,” explains Collette Farrell, Director of Droichead Arts Festival.

"We want to extend the arts to as many children as possible, and ensure they have access to creativity and culture.”

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The Kakatsitsi Drummers are a group of traditional drummers, dancers and singers from the Ga tribe of Southern Ghana, with their roots in the fishing community of Jamestown. Their music takes traditional rhythms and chants from their own Ga tradition and those of a variety of other West African cultures, rearranging them in a modern and accessible way. Using a wide variety of West African drums featuring traditional chants sung in six part harmony.

This live concert at 3pm on October 15th celebrates culture, breaking down the barriers between audience and performers by encouraging active participation through celebration, whether on drums, chanting or dancing.

The drummers will also facilitate workshops in schools/youth organisations on October 13th and 14th. Contact admin@droichead.com for more info.

Join in with StrongWoman Science on October 15th and 16th.

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts. Droichead Arts Centre will bring two shows off site into the communities in Moneymore and Termonabbey as part of Leanbh 2022.

Glas Quartet will host a relaxed morning of music for you and your little ones, with Little Notes For Little Dotes on October 19th at 12.15pm & 1.30pm.

Enjoy music for wake time, playtime, nap time and bedtime. Come along with your yoga or baby mats and let your baby explore all the sounds.

Glas Quartet is a vibrant and exciting Irish collective of professional musicians from the east coast.

On October 22nd at 2pm and 4pm, you can catch An Ant Called Amy.

This is a story about an ant called Amy (an award-winning ant), her brother Andy and a Brown Spider. A story about a busy little ant who learns to slow down.

Amy the ant works very hard. When she wins the Employee of the Month Award Amy feels happiness that drives her to work even harder. But with the help of the Brown Spider, Amy finds true happiness by embracing her brother’s memory in the everyday. A story about a busy little ant who learns to slow down.

Written & Performed by Julie Sharkey and directed by Raymond Keane An Ant Called Amy is a Roscommon Arts Centre Production supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.

What is it like to live on a giant leaf? Prepare for whooshing winds, gigantic raindrops, busy bugs, and bursts of colourful canopy in this joyful multi-sensory performance called Lullaby Leaf. With the gentle unfurling of a leaf, a soothing sensory world is brought to life through music and song, light, smell, movement, and touch.

Lullaby Leaf is a captivating, fun-filled, and immersive theatre experience created by Ceol Connected for young children with Down Syndrome and their guardian/carer – on at 10am, 12pm & 2.30pm, October 26th-28th.

One of Drogheda’s favourite events the Spooks Parade returns this Halloween at 4pm.

On Friday October 28th, Droichead Arts Centre in partnership with Kada Ka Boom Arts brings you the Spooks Parade! As part of Leanbh Children’s Festival, children from local schools, will work with Kieran Gallagher and choreographer Tracy Martin to devise this ghoulish event marching a short spooktastic route through the town at 4pm on Friday October 28th!

Leanbh Children's Festival is sponsored by Flogas and funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland, Create Louth, Meath County Council Arts Office, and Louth County Council.

Full details and bookings can be found on www.droichead.com.