Celebrations galore as Offaly Children's Arts Festival Hullabaloo turns ten

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Celebrations galore as Offaly Children's Arts Festival Hullabaloo turns ten

A dollop of Dahl, a King of Mayhem, troublesome fairies and more, Hullabaloo! Offaly’s Children’s Arts Festival will be celebrating its 10th birthday in style next month.

Taking place from November 2 to 5 across Birr, Clara and Edenderry, this year’s programme is packed full of special workshops and live performances for all the family.

Hullabaloo! is also celebrating a decade of bringing the arts to young audiences alongside another major milestone, Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. Children are advised to be vigilante as there will be a number of Golden Tickets hiding in this year’s programme granting them free admission to a show of their choice.

Speaking about the Festival, co-founder, Emma Nee Haslam is 'very excited' that the festival made it to ten years. 

"When Sinead O’Reilly and myself started this in 2007 we joked about our tenth and it has come around so quickly. The recent Arts Council/ESRI study has shown children engaged in arts go on to have better ‘academic self-image’ and more positive attitudes to school study.  They are also happier, have reduced anxiety, better academic skills and fewer socio-emotional difficulties.  If our Festival impacts positively, even in the smallest of ways, we are doing something right."

Making their Hullabaloo! debut this year will be Punch Lion Kids Comedy Club. RTÉ’s Reuben will join the Totally Wired duo for a for a family-friendly stand up comedy experience full of silly jokes, sketches and songs for kids and big people.

Ronaldo Fanzini, King of Mayhem will also be on the loose around Offaly. He has a mini-bike, knives, a unicycle, a suitcase full of mayhem and he’s not afraid to use them! Jay Ryan will also be here to share stories about ‘The Trouble with Fairies’, while Little Big Top Theatre Company from Cloughjordan will be out and about with their quirky piece of street theatre, The Sunflower Show.

For more information on Hullabaloo! Offaly’s Children’s Arts Festival, see www.hullabaloofestival.ie