Wicklow County Arts Office returns to Rathdrum for Halloween


To celebrate Halloween this October Wicklow County Arts Office returned to Rathdrum to deliver a new pilot Primary School Creative Programme funded by Creative Ireland.

Building on last year’s Halloween Playfest and the August Summer Songs event, Wicklow Arts Office recently partnered with three local primary schools: Our Lady’s Girls School, Rathdrum Boys’ School and St Saviours, to design and deliver a comprehensive programme of creative workshops culminating in a Halloween event in the Rathdrum Development Association Hall.

Taking inspiration from the spooky season, the creative workshops took place over a three-week period in the schools and featured mask making workshops facilitated by Whitedoodle Art, Bodhrán drumming workshops provided by Bodhrán Buzz, and lantern making workshops delivered by Wicklow Willow.

On Thursday (27th October) students from all three schools took part in a spooktacular Halloween event in the Rathdrum Development Association Hall to showcase their creations and creativity. With over 350 students and teachers participating, the atmosphere was electric as students were cheered on by family members and surprised with special performances by the Wicklow and Arklow Ukulele Players.

To reinforce Wicklow County Council’s commitment to place making in Rathdrum, the Arts Office is also launching a Cultural Engagement Survey. The survey is designed to capture the views, insights and ideas of the citizens of Rathdrum and surrounding areas on recent and future creative programmes and to ensure that all future outcomes are deeply rooted and shaped by the community.

To participate complete the survey visit www.wicklow.ie by Sunday 20th November 2022.

Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Tommy Annesley, said he was happy to see the continued commitment to community development in Rathdrum as part of the recently launched Wicklow County Development Plan 2022-2028 and Wicklow County Arts Office’s Strategic Plan 2020-2024.

Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Brian Gleeson, stated that participation in the survey will help Wicklow County Arts Office to build a detailed picture of arts and cultural engagement in the area.

These programmes are provided by Wicklow County Arts Office under the Creative Ireland Programme with the support of Rathdrum Development Association.

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