Ballyfermot ‘Journey’ a highlight of Art in Libraries Autumn Programme

School children in Ballyfermot will get a unique opportunity to sample the world of contemporary dance this October, as part of Dublin City Council’s ‘Children’s Art in Libraries’ Programme.
‘Journey’, a Dublin City Council commissioned dance performance will retell the story of Orpheus in the Underworld for 10-15 year old children.  Nine performances in total will take place in Ballyfermot Library between 20th and 23rd October, including a special free public performance at 7pm on October 22nd. Each performance lasts about 40 minutes and will play to an audience of 25-30 people.
‘Journey’ promises to be an exciting experience for the audience who will follow Orpheus and Eurydice around the rooms and corridors of Ballyfermot Library.
‘Journey’ is the creative highlight in Dublin City Council’s Children’s free Art in Libraries Autumn programme which runs in branch libraries around Dublin this October and November. It was commissioned by the Council’s Arts Office as part of its policy of providing free access to the arts to children. The project received support from Dancehouse and The Arts Council. Created and choreographed by Maria Nilsson Waller,  it is performed by Lucia Kickham and Neil Brown, with music by José Miguel Jimenez. ‘Journey’ is the first dance performance ever to be commissioned for an Irish Library.
Dublin City Council’s Assistant Arts Officer  Sinéad Connolly says, “The local schools in Ballyfermot have taken a huge interest in ‘Journey’ , and that has made it very exciting for the cast and crew who are preparing for performance here. The whole project is also a great opportunity to bring contemporary  dance to a new and appreciative audience. The library staff have been really supportive, because they know it gives children and other regular library goers an opportunity to see their local library afresh, in a way they have certainly never  experienced before.”
Booking is essential for the public performance at 7pm on Wednesday 22nd October.  For tickets contact: Ballyfermot Library, telephone 01-6269324 or e-mail
Children’s Art in Libraries Autumn Programme
Full details on events and how to book is available on
Selected highlights:
Puca Puppets presents The Mice & The Elephants: Performance and storytelling event, Ballymun, Ballyfermot, Cabra, Donaghmede, Pearse St Libraries, 29-6 November, 3-5 year olds.
A Sense of Place: Creativity and design event with artist Yvonne Cullivan, Walikinstown Library, 3.30pm-4.30pm, every Thursday, starts 6th November finishes 4th December, 8-11 year olds.
Stop Motion Animation Workshops: Art workshop with artist Aoife Giles, Finglas Library 22 and 29 November, Coolock library 19 and 26 November
A Diary of Dublin City Library aged 20 ¼: Creative programme with architect Emmett Scanlon and artist Aoife Giles, Central (Ilac) Library, Tuesday 28th October, 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.