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Westside Arts Festival 2023

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WELCOME MESSAGE1The Westside Arts Festival is acommunity based event whichaims to promote and celebratethe spirit and people of Westsidethrough the arts.It aims to bring local peopletogether by showcasing art anda range of educational activitiesin local community spaces.The festival has always had avery strong community focusand this year our central themeis 'Sunbeams and StellarDreams'The festival committee would like to thank all of those Organisations andindividuals who have helped to make this festival possible. The committeewould like to give special thanks to our funding partners whose continuedsupport means that we can celebrate as a community. our events are free of charge and we encourage you to participate in thisyears festival. There is something for everyone - from art, drama, crafts,storytelling and music. Some events do require booking as there are limited spaces depending on theworkshop. Please contact the Organisations via the booking details. Liz Keane Chairperson of Westside Arts Festival 2023

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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTSUnleash your inner engineer with workshops designed for those who love ahands-on challenge. Opportunities to collaborate, utilize creative problem-solving or explore the principles of engineering, mechanics and teamworkalong the way. There is a STEM workshop for you! Westside's Newest Community Group, WestsideWomen's Club, are delighted to present anexhibition of work from their recent GRETBfunded smart phone photography course. Jointhem on Monday 3rd July as they launch theirexhibition.Opportunities to hear the very best storytellersand professional artists - From Niall De Búrca toauthor/illustrator Alan Nolan, to myths andlegends with Wayne O'Connor to the Buka DramaGroup we have performances for you all to enjoy.New2023

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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTSWestside Community Organic Garden Open Day is on Saturday 8th July from11.00am to 1.00pm. There's something for everyone this year with Facepainting,a Mud-Kitchen, a Butterfly and Bee Walk 'n Talk, Garden Herbs Talk, SeedSowing and much more! No booking required.Bingo session on 4th July in Westside Library. Lotsof prizes and family fun. This intergenerationalevent brings a crowd, just make sure that childrenare accompanied by an adult! Event is free of charge too.Experience live music on Saturday 8th July withperformances from the John Conneely Trio,Westside Youth Project, Ukrainian choir anddancers and Sonke Multicultural choir. Acts thatappeared at the Irish Youth Music Awards andMusic Generation Livefeed will also beparticipating. Outside the library from 1.00pm.Fun BingoPerformance Stage

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CREATIVECULTUREStorytelling and stories abound in this years Festival with several opportunitiesto enjoy them. Join Carmel Uí Cheallaigh for bi-lingual story-times in Irish andEnglish, Órla McGovern will be sharing stories full of magic and mischief withyounger audiences or perhaps drop in to hear Wayne, Alan or Niall. Children are invited to open their mind andimagination to tales of wonder and magic.Artist and Storyteller Wayne O'Connor is aSligo based performer and workshopfacilitator whose work is heavily inspired byMyth, Fantasy and Fairy Tales. Wayne delivers stories in highly energeticshows told with plenty of humour andinteraction. Sessions are on 5th of July inWestside LibraryStorytelling: Myth and Magic with Wayne O'ConnorNiall de Búrca is a scéalaí; a traditionalstoryteller from the west of Ireland. Hugely popular with audiences of all ages,This is a show for the whole family. Grab yourseat and hang on tight, Niall will join you fora feast of fantastical tales that will delighteveryone. Two sessions on 8th July in Westside Library.Niall De Búrca: a Feast of Fantastical Tales

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ARTS & CRAFTSHave fun making your ownpatchwork star with the WestsidePatchwork Group. On Thursday6th July 10.00am - 12.00pm.Suitable for ages 8+. Will involveneedlework.Join Anna, a creative visual artistand make your own colourfuldreamcatcher. Using threads,strings, beads and feathers, thiscreation could be a great additionto any room. On Thursday 6th Julyin Westside Library. Bookingessential.Patchwork StarsDreamcatchers MoonbeamsTry your hand at felting your ownmoonbeam with Westside CraftGroup, On Monday 3rd July from10.00am - 12.00pm. Suitable forages 8+

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ARTS & CRAFTSTry your hand at a Badge Making aworkshop using your hopes anddreams for the year to influence yourdesign in a creative manner. Suitablefor 10 -16 years old but booking isessential. Wednesday 5th JulyA workshop for storytellers in themaking. Have fun with Rena andShellie playing drama games andlearning how to turn your dreamsinto epic stories! Different sessionsfor different ages. Bookingessential. Friday 7th July. WestsideLibraryBadge MakingDrama Workshops FlowersNothing beats a fresh flowerarrangement for any table displayor event. Two sessions arescheduled to try your hand at thisart. One session is inter-generational and one for adults.Wednesday 5th July. Booking isessential.

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FOOD & CULTUREUnited Women Galway will bring avariety of delicious foods fromaround the world to Westsideagain this year where you cantempt your taste buds at one ofthe highlight events in theWestside Arts Festival!No booking required but do comeearly to avoid disappointment.Friday 7th July 11.30am.Cultural Café Demo Come along to see chef Fiona cookup a storm with fresh veggies fromthe Westside Community OrganicGarden! Fiona will have otherdelightful treats at this CookingDemonstration and there will bedelicious samples to try!Booking is essential as places arelimited. Friday 7th July 3.00pm.Contact 083-0234390 or emailciara@gcp.ieEvent supported by Galway CityPartnership and funded byHealthy Galway.

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MONDAY 3RD JULY events require booking. Please ensure that you contact therelevant organisations to reserve your place. Children must besupervised by an adult. Events are free of charge.EventLocation and TimeDetailsFelted Moonbeams:Come along and try yourhand at felting your ownmoonbeam with WestsideCraft Group! Westside Resource Centre10.00am - 12.00pmChildren must be supervisedby an adult.Age Group 8+No booking requiredIntro to LEGO: workshopswith Bricks 4 KidzWestside LibrarySession one: 10.45am - 11.45amAges 7-9 yearsSession two: 12.00 noon - 1.00pmAges 9 -12 yearsBooking directly throughGAP details on their website Confidence Buildingworkshop for Traveller Pride &Westside Arts Festival Westside Youth Project,Corrach Buí12.00 noon - 3.00pmAges 10 - 16 yearsBooking is essential contact Lisa 086-1072019Westside Arts FestivalLaunchWestside Resource Centre6.30pm-8.30pmFestival Launch with food &musical entertainmentAll welcomeWestside Women's ClubPhotography Exhibition: an exhibition of work Westside Resource Centre6.30pm-8.30pmNo booking required.Suitable for all ages.Refreshments will beserved

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TUESDAY 4TH JULY events require booking. Please ensure that you contact therelevant organisations to reserve your place. Children must besupervised by an adult. Events are free of charge.EventLocation and TimeDetailsCoding Workshops: YouthWork Ireland, Galway &Westside Youth Project11.00am-12.15pmWestside Youth Project1.00pm - 2.15pm Westside Youth ProjectAges 10-13 yearsBooking essential as there islimited capacity 087-9141522Creative Drawing Art Classfor Kids: Ukrainian ResponseTeam11.00pm – 12.00 noonWestside Library Booking essential contact085-2881107Ukrainian Craft-MakingClass for Adults12.00 noon – 1.00pmWestside LibraryBooking essential contact085-2881107LEGO Technic Workshop 1.00pm-2.00pmWestside LibraryAges 6 - 12 yearsBooking essential - inperson or emailwestside@galwaycoco.ieFun Bingo:Intergenerational EventYouth Work Ireland 3.00pm-5.00pmWestside Library All Welcome. Childrenmust be accompanied byan adultBUKA Drama GroupBrothers of Charity7.00pm - 9.00pmWestside Resource CentreAll Welcome

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WEDNESDAY 5TH JULY events require booking. Please ensure that you contact therelevant organisations to reserve your place. Children must besupervised by an adult. Events are free of charge.EventLocation and TimeDetailsFestival Flowers:Galway Flower Club11.00am-1.00pmInter-generational 2.30pm – 4.30pmAdult onlyWestside Resource CentreBooking essential Contact 091 528325Storytelling Myth and Magicwith Wayne O’ConnorWestside Library11.00am - 11.50am3.00pm – 3.50pm No booking requiredSuitable for ages 5+ Art Workshop: Sunbeams& Stellar dreams withBadge MakingYouth Work IrelandWestside Youth Project,Corrach Buí12.00 noon - 3.00pmBooking essential contact Lisa 086-1072019Storytelling: WondrousTales with Órla McGovernWestside Library12.00 noon – 12.35pm2.00pm – 2.35pm No booking requiredSuitable for ages 5 - 10yearsLEGO DUPLO Workshop*ages 3-5 years4.00pm – 4.45pmWestside LibraryBooking essential – inperson or

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THURSDAY 6TH JULY events require booking. Please ensure that you contact therelevant organisations to reserve your place. Children must besupervised by an adult. Events are free of charge.EventLocation and TimeDetailsPatchwork Stars:Westside Patchwork GroupWestside Resource Centre10.00am - 12.00pmWill involve needleworkAge Group 8+No booking requiredChildren must beaccompanied by an adultKids/Teens Yoga andWellness workshop withSharonWestside Library11.00am – 12.00 noon * ages 10-12 years 2.00pm – 3.00pm*ages 13-16 years Booking essential – inperson or emailwestside@galwaycoco.ieDesign your own DreamCatcher workshop withAnnaWestside library11.00am – 12.00 noonages 4- 6 years 1.30pm -2.30pmages 7-10 years Booking essential – inperson or Soccer ThursdaysYouth Work Ireland Galway11.00am – 1.00pmWestside Youth Project,Corrach Buí Booking essential –Contact Lisa 086-1072019Age Group 10+

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FRIDAY 7TH JULY events require booking. Please ensure that you contact therelevant organisations to reserve your place. Children must besupervised by an adult. Events are free of charge.EventLocation and TimeDetailsWestside’s Cultural CaféWith United Women Galway11.30am – 1.30pmWestside Resource Centre No booking requiredSample Food from aroundthe world.All WelcomeBilingual Story Time withCarmel Uí CheallaighWestside Library11.00am – 11.45pm3.00pm – 3.45pmNo booking required Suitable for ages 4 - 7 yearsA Dream Come TrueDrama WorkshopsWestside Library2.00pm – 2.50pmages 4-6 years 3.00pm – 3.50pmages 7-9 years Booking essential – inperson or emailwestside@galwaycoco.ieKinetic Sand Workshop*Children under 5 yearsWestside Library4.00pm-4.45pm Booking essential – inperson or emailwestside@galwaycoco.ieCooking Demo withWestside Garden VeggiesWestside Resource Centre 3.00pm - 5.00pm Booking essential or0830234390

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SATURDAY 8TH JULYSome events require booking. Please ensure that you contact therelevant organisations to reserve your place. Children must besupervised by an adult. Events are free of charge.EventLocation and TimeDetailsFace painting withGiselleWestside Library10.30am – 1.30pm2.30pm – 4.30pm No booking requiredDesign Your ownSuperhero Workshopwith Alan NolanWestside Library11.00am – 12.00 noon2.00pm – 3.00pmSuitable for 8+ years Booking essential – inperson or emailwestside@galwaycoco.ieSmart Phone FilmMaking Westside Resource Centre11.00am – 1.00pm -Intergenerational 2.30pm – 4.30pmAdultsBooking essential Contact091 528325 to reserve placeStorytelling withNiall de Búrca Westside Library12.30pm – 1.15pm3.30pm – 4.15pmNo booking required. Suitablefor all ages. Family Event.WestsideCommunityOrganic GardenOpen Day11.00am – 1.00pmGarden located besideWestside ResourceCentre mud kitchen, butterfly & beewalk n' talk, seed sowingPerformanceStageLive Music & DanceSessions 1.00pm - 3.30pmOutside Westside Library under 12’s Discowith D.J. Gigi fromKidisco 2.30pm -4.30pmWestside CommunityHall* under 12’s must beaccompanied by aparent/guardian

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It's all over!Thank you forjoining us overthese past fewdays. We hope youenjoyed it.

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