TRADITIONALLY, Waterford’s little ones get to sample the magic of Spraoi before everyone else, with the always thrilling ‘SprOg” festival. Everything is different this year however and so many of our wonderful arts events have been postponed, cancelled, or reimagined. Thankfully, SprOg is one of those festivals that will thrive and survive in the magical world – already familiar to our children – of the internet.
From July 30 to August 3, SprOg is going to transform your computer or tablet into a wonderful world of knowledge and excitement – and you’re all invited.
Speaking this week, Sile Penkert of Garter Lane, who host the annual event said that they were ecstatic about keeping SprOg alive in these “turbulent times”
“Garter lane Arts Centre is so happy to be bringing SprOg, our annual Children’s festival, on-line this year,” Sile said. “We have an opportunity to reach out to and connect with many children in Waterford and beyond. Our programme is tailored for participation and fun and we know that the local offerings created specifically for a Children’s audience, will be enjoyed by all.”
To get involved in this year’s event all you have to do is log on to and choose which event you’d like to take part in. The theme of this year’s SprOg is Forest and Sile and the festival crew really hope that as many children as possible take part and share their creations using the #garterlane tag.
“Even though SprOg is taking a different form this year, it’s still going to be fun, imaginative and hugely creative, so we want as many children as possible to get involved and share their amazing talents,” Sile said. “All the events are online and all are completely free with absolutely no booking needed – it couldn’t be simpler to get involved. We know that it hasn’t been easy entertaining the little ones recently so we hope that SprOg can bring some fresh excitement into your homes this bank holiday weekend.”
The programme starts on July 30 with two events – Roots by Curious State (all ages) and Shape Shifting Maths and Art by Calmast (9-12 years). On Friday July 31 there’s a Wishing Stick Workshop with Jennie O’Neill (4-8 years) and ‘Far Away Still’ which is a lovely film, shot entirely in Waterford, which kids of all ages will love.
On Saturday, August 1 there’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic with Deirdre Dwyer, who will host story time and an Origami workshop for 4-8 year olds. Calmast will also host Colourful Kitchen Chemistry for 8-12 year olds.
Finally, on Sunday, August 2 the amazing Jacqui Kelleher will host a workshop on weaving baskets from cereal boxes, magazines or newspapers (9-12 years).
It’s going to be amazing, so get clicking on , and get sharing those wonderful creations!