Are you ready for a spookily good time? Check out ISACS Network selection of Irish Spooktacular Must-sees on Halloween 2018! Immerse yourself in the Spirit of Samhain at some of the best street arts and circus events happening all over the country!
Horrible Historical Tails - Waterford Youth Arts
Waterford - 24th - 27th October
Waterford Youth Arts and Imagine Arts Festival are proud to present Horribly Historical Trails, returning to the festival after its successful run last year. Join the Youth troupe as they bring you through the streets of Waterford to hear the stories hidden in our ancient walls, of those who have walked before you. Meet the ghosts of the legends, you have heard the tails off. Vikings, Kings, Vampires, and many more of those lost but not forgotten. Be prepared for a spooktastical night of frights and delights as you will see Waterford City in a way you have never seen it before told through the eyes of all those who have walked through this city for hundreds of years. This theatrical tale will be sure to delight children and adults of all ages.
Written and Directed by Martina Collender.
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Samhain: Limerick’s Halloween Festival - Lumen Street Theatre
Limerick - 25th October - 27th October
Artistic Director of Lumen Street Theatre, Martin Shannon helps launch SAMHAIN 2018: Limerick’s Halloween Festival at the Fab Lab Limerick. Picture: Cathal Noonan, True Media.
The brainchild of Lumen Street Theatre, SAMHAIN 2018: Limerick’s Halloween festival will culminate with a light-filled parade on Nicholas Street.
Public talks, family friendly workshops, tours and a night swim are some of the events programmed for the three days celebrating, re-imagining and retelling local Halloween stories through history, folklore and traditions.
Funded by Limerick City and County Council, the festival brings with it a range of fun and interactive activities. Taking place across Limerick over 25 October to 27 October, entry to all events are free.
Vizzards & Collicks - A talk by artist/folklorist Michael Fortune | THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER @ 6PM
The Deep Roots of Halloween | FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER @ 5PM
Dia de Los Muertos Parade - Cork Community Art Link
Cork City Centre - 25th October
The Guinness Cork Jazz Parade will be unleashing its fantastic talents on the streets of Cork on the 25th of October.
Working with Cork Community Artlink, this year’s Festival Parade will be in the theme of Dia De Los Muertos, celebrating the beauty of life and death! See Cork come to life with a powerful spectacle as the Parade weaves its way through the streets of Cork. A treat for the whole family!
Wicked Woods - Samhain with Spraoi
Waterford 26th-28th October
Treat yourself to something truly different this Halloween with Spraoi during the Celtic feast of Samhain, marking the end of harvest and the beginning of winter – ‘the darker half’ of the year.
Wicked Woods is a premiere performance attraction, suitable for adults and children. Award-winning spectacle company Spraoi will transform Carriganore Wood on Waterford’s Greenway at WIT Arena into an imaginative seasonal world – with light, sound, effects, creatures and live costumed performers.
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The Night of the Shifting Bog - Loosysmokes
Dublin - 26th-29th October
Their 2016 show at Bram Stoker Festival ‘Behind the Dark’ sold out within 24 hours, and this years' thrilling new show from world-renowned aerial performance company, Loosysmokesnew show is currently sold out.
Night of the Shifting Bog is inspired by the landscapes of Stoker’s imagination in his first and only work set in Ireland, The Snake’s Pass. This outdoor, night-time performance, deep in the woods at St. Anne’s Park, Clontarf, is based on a passage set in the boglands of Ireland, depicting a surreal world where bodies soar against the sky and crash, swallowed.
Using the woodlands in the park as their stage, this dark, immersive and atmospheric aerial acrobatic show will both enthral and spook adventurous audiences, as dancers and performers whirl through shadows, flickering projections, a canopy of centuries-old trees and the audience itself.
Night of the Shifting Bog is a site-specific commission from the Bram Stoker Festival supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.
FireStorm - Inferno
Wesport Westival - 26th -27th October
"SPECTACULAR". The Cork Independent
Inferno presents an intense blazing experience that creates art with fire accompanied by pyrotechnics and mesmerizing circus skills. Inspired by cult movies, Firestorm mashes up the aesthetic of Matrix and Star Wars within the realm of science fiction. Firestorm is a show of enchanting light and shadow, skill and choreography.
A performance utilizes custom-made fire equipment inspired by a variety of arts forms such as circus, juggling, dance and martial art techniques. This show unfolds through the skilled movements of the artists and is performed to a fully customized soundtrack.
This performance is suitable for all ages but please note that fire, smoke and pyrotechnics will be used as part of the performance.
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Morbid and Sons - Curious State
Stokerland, Bram Stoker Festival 2018. St. Patrick's Park, Dublin 8. October 27th & 28th | Spleodar Halloween Arts Festival 2018, Nenagh Arts Centre, Tipperary.
Business is dead! No one seems to be dying anymore; the obituaries have been blank for weeks.
The Morbid family has fallen on hard times and is forced to take to the streets to sell their wares.
They plan to drum up some much-needed trade for their funeral business by singing humorous songs about hideous deaths, and displaying their expertise by way of a demonstration funeral. They might persuade you to try on a coffin or take a spin in their Victorian hearse. Be careful they don’t “kill you with kindness” or “embalm you while you wait”. Remember, death comes to us all in the end and it is best to be prepared for the afterlife.
Morbid & Sons is an interactive, macabre experience about death and the afterlife for all the family.
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Creepy Carlow - Dublin Circus Project & Jack Wise
28th of October from 7 pm at Carlow Town Hall.
Join the Dublin Circus Project and Jack Wise for a night of fire, fun, magic and comedy at the Scarefest!
This promises to be a great night out for all the family! With live music, DJ, food stalls, free face painting and more, complimenting the spectacular fire and magic show. The show kicks off at 7pm and will last approx. 2 hours.
Dublin Circus Project
Join the Dublin Circus Project on Sunday the 28th of October for a spectacular fire show in front of Carlow Town Hall. Accompanied by dramatic music, the performers will wow you with their skill and bravery as they deliver a stunning show suitable for all the family!
Street Performer Jack Wise's festival show is a rollercoaster ride of magic, sword swallowing and hilarious ventriloquism! Think David Blaine and Tommy Cooper in some sort of a comedy car crash and you've got the idea.
Jack is the only Irish festival entertainer to win the coveted Street Performance World Championship. He is also the only Irish entertainer to win The UK family entertainer of the Year Award.
More info on the event
“Out of the Wild Sky” Parades - Macnas
Galway 28th October & Bram Stoker Festival Dublin 29th October
Picture: Julia Dunin
“Out of the Wild Sky” the 2018 Macnas parade will traverse through the streets of Galway at 5.30pm on Sunday October 28th, 2018 and travels through Dublin Monday, October 29th. The Macnas Halloween Parade is a highlight of Ireland’s cultural calendar. It is the largest free event in In Ireland for Halloween with over 54,000 people lining the streets every year to be awed and amazed by this epic scale of storytelling.
This years' story celebrates the act of transformation being unleashed upon the city. A world that is hypnotic and intoxicating, glittering, mysterious and filled with shadowy and noble things. Always a gigantic undertaking, this year’s parade will feature the signature Macnas giant creations and sculptural images, pyrotechnics, bespoke costumes, and epic performances to live and original music. Delivering this wondrous chaos are hundreds of performers from the Macnas Young Ensemble, ISACS member Galway Community Circus, Youth Ballet West, the Macnas Youth Drummers, the Public participation programme, The Hit Machine and many more.
The Macnas parade includes the work of the Macnas creative ensemble, comprised of 45 professional artists and 300 volunteers directed by CEO/Artistic Director Noeline Kavanagh. The creative wizards behind this years' inventions include Orla Clogher and Dave Young on design, Saileog O’Halloran on costume and Alma Kelleher on sound design. Eimhin Craddock will head up the Macnas Youth Drummers and ISACS member Miquel Barcelo is once again at the helm with the Young Ensemble.
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More info on the parades' routes
Dragon of Shandon Parade and FireStorm - Cork Community Art Link & Inferno
Cork 31st October 2018
The Dragon of Shandon Parade will take place on 31st October 2018 on the streets of Cork.
Get ready for Corks favourite nighttime parade.
Emerging once more from the underworld, the 36 foot Dragon made using 'Tape sculpture' techniques, will prowl the streets escorted by her legion of over 500 loyal ghouls, beasts, misfits and demons to celebrate the ancient tradition of Samhain in a thrilling nighttime parade and finale show attracting thousands of spectators, young and old, to Cork City on the 31st of October.
Growing bigger and better as it reaches its 13th year, the Dragon of Shandon Parade is the highlight of CCAL’s annual arts calendar, the result of a 3 month outreach and community engagement programme with local artists, over 20 groups and support services working in partnership with local artists to create a cultural hub and provide a friendly and carnival atmosphere within the entire city on Halloween night. Catch Inferno FireStorm show at the end of the Parade!
More info on the parade.
Celtic festival of Samhain - Geata Arts
Clonakilty Arts Festival 1st-4th November
Pictured above is a scene from last year’s parade. Pic by Anna Groniecka
The incredible Samhain Festival organised by community arts group Geata Arts, including Mark Dougherty, Ciara Hefferman, Lisa Brinkmann and Ronan McLoughlin, will once again take place this year in Clonakilty. The festival, which celebrates and honours the Celtic festival of Samhain, will run from Thursday, November 1 until Sunday, November 4.
After the great success of last year’s festival, Geata Arts has teamed up with the Clonakilty Arts Festival in 2018 to bring an even more punch-packed programme with talks, events, workshops, theatre and music, all centred around Irish and Celtic history, mythology and folklore. The highlight will be a spectacular street parade on Sunday evening, showcasing the most haunting and incredible otherworldly figures and creatures of Celtic mythology.
FireStorm by Inferno 2nd November
Costume making workshops & Festival Parade Nov 4th
Preparations for the festival and parade are well underway and Geata Arts, as well as many volunteers, have been busy for weeks creating a storyboard and making exceptional costumes, masks and props for the parade. There are open costume making workshops every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7-9pm at the Clonakilty Arts Centre and everyone who would like to help out or get involved in the festival and parade is very welcome to come along and become part of the team. All costumes and props of the parade are handmade, either by commissioned artists and artists groups, or during the open workshops at the Clonakilty Arts Centre.
This year’s festival theme is ‘Away with the Faeries’ and the parade will showcase figures, creatures and mythologies of the four different faery realms of Celtic mythology. The parade will have four sections, each representing a different ‘realm’ associated with one of the elements – water, fire, earth and air. The parade, with over 150 performing artists and musicians, will set off on Asna Square and move through the main street of Clonakilty on to ‘Emmet Square’ for a massive drum and fire show finale.
More info about the event