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Cruinniú na nÓg 

NO REPRO FEES - 21st May, 2018.Wednesday, 22nd May 2018 Line-up for Old Fort Quarter Festival revealed.Pictured today at the launch of the Old Fort Quarter festival were: Ross Adams and Heidi Whitten and stilts walkers Maria Corcoran. The festival will take place across various locations in the centre of Portlaoise from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June and will feature a variety of events and activities including: music acts; medieval heritage activities; Crinniœ na nîg heritage workshops and performances; street theatre; a comedy stage, heritage re-enactment displays; walking tours and an artisan food market. The Old Fort Quarter Festival is sponsored by Rockshore Irish Lager and is supported by the Laois Partnership. Further details about the festival are available on the website: ENDS Photo:Barry Cronin/ 087-9598549

Download the timetable here.

Cruinniú na nÓg is a new national day of creativity for children and young people, taking place on Saturday, 23rd June 2018, and we will be celebrating it at the Old Fort Quarter Festival with a whole host of free events for children, young people and their families!

Cruinniú na nÓg aims to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity through a compelling spread of performances, art and music workshops, special events and much more across two locations.

These events are fully funded by Creative Ireland (as part of Cruinniú na nÓg), through the Arts Office of Laois Co Co & co-ordinated/run by Arts Officer/School of Muisic/Music Generation Laois.

At Fitzmaurice Plaza there will be:

Creative Workshops

Pendant Painting Workshops 12-5pm
Art Workshops 12-5pm
Cupcake Decorating 12-5pm
Shield Making 12-5pm
Henna Art 12-5pm
Hair Braiding 12-5pm


Emer Dunne Dance Group 1pm -1.15pm
Laois Youth Theatre 1.30pm-1.45pm
Youth Dance Ensemble 2pm-2.30pm
Intercultural Dance Groups 2.45pm-3.30pm
CCE Portlaoise Group 3.45pm-4.30pm

Circus Skills Performance & Workshops

Street Show 12-12.30 pm
Stilt Walking 12.50-1.35pm
Street Show 2pm-2.30pm
Circus Skills Workshops 3pm-4pm


In the Dunamaise Arts Centre there will be:

Storytelling 12-4pm
Try-an-Instrument 12-1pm
Drumming Circle 1pm-2pm
Rap Workshop ages 13-18 4pm-6pm
Silent Disco ages 10-12 5pm-5.45pm

On the main stage:

Rapper Performance 7pm


With such a diverse range of activities and opportunities for ‘doing’, ‘making’ and ‘creating,’ there’s something for everyone of all ages, so come and get involved!

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