Space Invaders - Early Years Arts Festival

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural festival, the Space Invaders team return to bring you a weekend of artistic delights in Farmleigh on the 9th & 10th of May. For a short spell we will invade the beautiful grounds of Farmleigh to bring you a festival that cultivates creativity and well-being.  This year’s programme offers a variety of opportunities to engage with multiple art forms and highly skilled artists in comfortable environments.  This festival is particularly special as we include a Seminar for professionals working in the childhood sector and those interested in early years arts education.  

The seminar on May 9th will focus on Artful Dodgers, a unique music and visual arts programme located in two crèche services in Fingal, Ros Eó in Rush and Little Learners in Dublin 15.  In partnership with artist Jackie Maguire, we bring you a dynamic seminar schedule which includes presentations that demonstrate the rich potential in early years arts education, and research conducted in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin Arts Education Research Group (AERG).  We will be joined by Rhona Matheson, CE of Starcatchers, to share examples of best practice in Scotland.  Our panel discussion will include contributions from Dr. Margaret Rogers of Better Start, Lisa Kavanagh of Early Childhood Ireland, and Seóna Ní Bhriain Head of Young People, Children and Education with The Arts Council of Ireland.  We welcome you to join us for this information exchange. 

The Children’s programme on May 10th is exclusively for those aged 0-5 years and their guardians who will be treated to artistic performances from around the world.  In partnership with Cliodhna Noonan of Acting Up!, we bring you performances from Belgium, Croatia, Lithuania, Austria and Ireland.  ReCreate will join us with their ‘Warehouse of Wonders’ full of playful material with lots of potential.  There is something for everyone, so do come along and join in the celebration. 

For Seminar information, schedule, and Children's Programme of Events, Download the Space Invaders 2015 Programme Link