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There's still time to get involved in the Dragon of Shandon Festival!

The posters are up...the programmes are out...and the workshop's buzzing with excitement! Only a week and a half to go to the Dragon of Shandon Festival.

We're gearing up for rehearsals this Saturday (25th October), but there's still time to get involved in volunteering with any aspect of the festival – we're particularly looking for stewards and parade participants.

Stewards are crucial to the smooth running of the festival and parade – you'll be assisting with the setting up of venues and props, taking tickets, keeping track of audience numbers, and generally working with the team to create an enjoyable experience for all the festival participants and audiences.

On the night of the parade, we need as many people to take part as possible to fill the streets of Shandon and help make sure that the parade goes as planned!

We are also looking for people to get involved with building large-scale props and giant puppets, costume making, performance, lighting, choreography, photography, videography, event co-ordination, and music.

It takes a lot of work to make a festival this big happen, and we would love to hear from you!

Drop in to our workshop in the IAWS building on Albert Quay, or get in touch –

Call: 021 4212914
Email: info [at]

You can also check out our website and find us on Facebook!

Be a part of it and get in touch today!
Get in Touch!
Participant Profile: COPE Foundation
COPE Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that supports over 2,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism, so that people of every ability can live life to the full.

Through a network of community based supports in 65 different locations in Cork City and County, people can access local education, training, leisure, sports and the arts, the full range of specialised health and world class interdisciplinary and residential care and other supports including housing.

COPE Foundation are long-time collaborators in the Dragon of Shandon festivities, and we're looking forward to welcoming them once again to this year's parade!
Participant Profile: Cork Swing Dance Collective
Cork Swing Dance Collective are a group local of swing dance enthusiasts. Inspired by Swing Jazz music and embracing the vintage era of 1920s and 30s they want nothing more than to share the joy of the dance they love with the whole community.

The Harvest Moon Ball was a dance contest held in Madison Square Gardens in New York City, at the height of the swing era, on a scale that we can hardly even imagine today. Thousands upon thousands of spectators came to watch dancers compete in all kinds of styles, including Lindy Hop. Taking inspiration from this, Cork Swing Dance Collective will have fun swing dance performances, taster dance classes for all and some fine Swing Jazz tunes from DJ Ian Fiasco.
Participant Profile: Playground of Dreamss
From the very foundation of Playground of Dreamss, it was created to make a difference. The Playground was established In 2012, and since then, it has grown to be one of the must successful events in Cork. All types of music have played in the Playground's monthly events, from jazz to metal.

Playground of Dreamss is a community for original music. Everyone who plays is truly passionate about music and part of the dream. The goal of the events is to bring back the magic of music, as in the days of old when music had a soul and meaning! Playground of Dreamss believes that music can inspire and make a positive difference in people's lives.
Discover the Festival Programme

Have you seen the full festival programme yet? You can pick one up around town in Cork, or find the full programme on the festival website.

There are loads of spooky events for all the family, happening over three days in Shandon – time to start planning out where you'll be for the first ever Dragon of Shandon Festival!

Find the full festival programme here: Dragon of Shandon Festival programme
Participant Profile: Dare Media Underground

The Dare Media Underground Short Film Festival is Cork's premiere event for showcasing the best and brightest of local and international short filmmaking talent. Each year it films almost 100 short films across 10 categories.

For the Dragon of Shandon Festival, Dare Media will present a selection of horror shorts, both local and international, for your scary thrills.
Participant Profile: YWI Cork

Youth Work Ireland (YWI) Cork are a not-for-profit organisation working with young people from the Churchfield/ Gurranabraher area and city-wide.

Their mission is to provide a community based response to young people’s needs by offering them the opportunity to contribute to and participate in social education, artistic and recreational activities.

We're delighted to welcome a group from YWI Cork to the Dragon of Shandon Festival – keep a look out for them in the parade!
Participant Profile: Antoin O'Heocha

Antoin O'Heocha is our artistic collaborator this year, and is working on a spectacular surprise piece for the Dragon of Shandon Festival.

Antoin has worked in various artistic media since 1987. He has been instrumental in projects in places as various as London, Frankfurt, Vilnius, Stockholm, and Shanghai. In 1996, Antoin set up Archway Studios, a multi-disciplinary arts space in a derelict railway arch in Dublin. In recent times, he has been involved in Capital of Culture projects in various cities.

We are delighted to have Antoin on board as a collaborator in this year's festival.
Participant Profile: Cathedral Cairde Youth Club

The Shandon-based Cathedral Cairde Youth Club have participated in each Dragon of Shandon Parade since 2006. Cork Community Art Link collaborates with many youth clubs and organisations in Cork, and Cathedral Cairde is one of the groups helping young people to get involved in community events.

Cathedral Cairde Youth Club has always taken part in the parade
, and this year they're putting together some amazing dance choreography under the direction of Ally Suto – look out for their dance moves in the Dragon of Shandon Parade!
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