Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board’s Local Creative Youth Partnership is delighted to announce Scairt na hÓige, a new youth arts and culture festival taking place in locations around the Shannon Estuary at the end of August. This youth participation festival takes the Shannon waterway as its inspiration and will feature workshops in a range of art forms and maritime culture in Foynes, Kilrush, Limerick City and Scariff.
Music Generation Clare and Music Generation Limerick City, both partners in the festival, will deliver workshops and performances in Kilrush and Foynes against the backdrop of the magnificently restored historic ship Ilen, when it sails into the lower Shannon, mooring in each harbour town for two days. Speaking about the plans for the new festival, Monica Spencer, LCYP Coordinator, said: “Over the course of the Ilen visit, Kilrush Marina and Foynes Yacht Club will become animated with workshops in music, dance and story as well as in a range of sailing ship traditions; from tying knots to making signal flags and visiting the good ship Ilen.” She continued: “A pop-up cinema in Kilrush in the Merchant’s Quay Business Quarter will screen popular films throughout Friday 28th. This is a festival feature that comes in direct response to young people articulating the need for greater cinema access in the West Clare town.”