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Announcing...the Dragon of Shandon Festival Programme!

Discover the Dragon of Shandon Festival Programme

It's the moment you've been waiting for...the Dragon of Shandon Festival programme is out!

In the next few days, 2,000 shiny new programmes will be distributed all over the city. However, you can get a sneak preview on the Dragon of Shandon website.

Here are just some of the highlights of the first ever three-day Dragon of Shandon Festival...

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY (28th, 29th, 30th October)
  • Dance Spooktacular in the Firkin Crane – kicking off before the festival officially starts and running for three days, a cast of thousands, real and imagined, will create a fright-filled dance entertainment for all ages! Book at
WEDNESDAY 29th October
It's all happening in the Big Top, St. Anne's Park, Shandon! THURSDAY 30th October
  • Fun Halloween family games and kids' workshops (Big Top and Butter Exchange Gardens)
  • Dare Media Underground Shorts Film Festival
  • PassePartout's incredible Inferno fire display
  • Circus Cabaret (Book at
FRIDAY 31st October...the spectacular grand finale!
  • Dragon of Shandon Parade, on the ancient Feast of Samhain.
That's just a taste of what's in store – click on the programme below to see more.

Don't forget, everything we do at Cork Community Art Link is based on community participation. Dress up, join in, and have fun!
Click Here for the Full Programme
Participant Profile: Firkin Crane
Firkin Crane, the home of dance in Cork, is a place where dance artists, dance audiences and dance enthusiasts can make, see and join in dance of all kinds. Dance Spooktacular is a Firkin Crane Production, taking place on the 28th, 29th and 30th of October.

Dance Spooktacular brings together a selection of the baddest most ghoulish dance-fiends, dug up to scare the wits out of anyone brave enough to buy a ticket. Proceeds will go to supporting the Dragon of Shandon Festival and freaky Firkin Crane’s refurbishment!
Participant Profile: Dr Robert King
Dr. Robert King, from UCC's School of Applied Psychology, is a former primary school teacher and is currently investigating horror stories as a window into human nature.
In his workshop on Thursday 30th October, "Do You Want to See Something Really Scary?", he will engage participants in a fun and interactive way exploring what scares us and why, working with children to break down the irrationality of their everyday phobias.
Participant Profile: PassePartout Circus
PassePartout Circus are delighted to present their brand new night-time show, Inferno, a spectacle that brings to life the element of Fire.  This spectacular Fire Show combines a unique cross-section of Circus Skills, Physical Theatre, Pyromania, and features some of Ireland's foremost fire performers within their element.
Get Involved!

Call for Stewards and Parade Participants

Would you like to be part of the Dragon of Shandon Festival and Parade?

We are looking for volunteers to get involved with every aspect of the festival, but we particularly need people to help steward the festival and take part in the parade on October 31st.

Stewards are crucial to the smooth running of the festival and parade – you'll be setting up and taking down venues and props, taking tickets, keeping track of how many people are at the festival, ensuring that everyone is safe and comfortable on the parade route, and making sure that everything happens as it should "behind the scenes" to create an enjoyable experience for all the festival participants.

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

It takes a lot of work to make a festival this big happen, and we would love to hear from you if you're interested in being a steward, taking part in the parade, or doing both.

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.

Event Page for Festival

Keep up to date on Facebook

Join our event page for the Dragon of Shandon Festival and Parade on Facebook to get all the latest updates coming up to the festival!

You can find the page here – click "Join" and invite your friends :)

Dragon of Shandon Festival – Event Page

Participant Profile: Enable Ireland

Enable Ireland works to enable people with physical disabilities to achieve maximum independence, choice and inclusion in their communities.

A group from Enable Ireland have been hard at work in the workshops in Cork Community Art Link, making costumes and props for their part in the Dragon of Shandon Parade – look out for them on the night!


Participant Profile: Cork Life Centre
Cork Life Centre is a voluntary organisation offering an alternative learning environment to marginalised young people. The approach to education is a holistic one. The value is on the social education of young people as much as on the academic.

We're looking forward to welcoming students from Cork Life Centre into this year's festival – here's a previous group, from the 2012 parade!

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