FEATURE OF THE WEEK
Francesca Castellano (
Photo Credit: Fernando Tunon)
Talented performer, costume and prop maker Cork based Francesca Castellano
got involved with Artlink about twelve years ago before becoming part of Cork Circus as a performer. “I really loved the buzz around it, and the fact that people were bringing their kids to work alongside them on the parades.
She experienced the Dragon of Shandon Parade as a spectator for the last three years, but couldn’t find the opportunity to join the project until this year.
in 2011 Francesca will be creating costumes for no less than six participating groups, Gurranabraher, Blarney, Shandon, North Press, Firkin Crane and Artlink drama group, which represents over 80 people altogether.
“Artlink has a great way to keeping its coolness among the madness of such a big project. I noticed that everything is very well organised, people are taken cared of, everybody is encouraged to work with others, to interact and talk with each other. People connect and can take initiative while learning new skills in the process. For example a girl came just yesterday for the first time and she had completed a dress by the end of the day.”
Although The Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade has rapidly grown in size over the last six years, resources and the space available in the building have created limitations.
“Those limitations have the advantage of creating a real community spirit where everyone depends on each other and everybody can help you out. It organically creates the need for skill sharing, collaborating and you also learn way more than you usually will in a school because everything is hands on
From an army of Goblins, to fallen angels or the thirty performers for the opening sequence of the show, Francesca's talented creations will sprinkle this years parade with something very special!
You can follow her performing work through:
DO YOU REMEMBER THE DRAGON
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Lord Mayor, Counciller Terry Shannon
Do you have a memory or opinion to share about the Dragon of Shandon? Whether you were actively involved or just enjoying the show, feel free to voice your opinion on our website through this questionnaire.
(Photo Credit: Stefano Saccullo)
Lord Mayor, Counciller Terry Shannon showed his support by officially launching the 2011 Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade.
Although It appears in this photo that he was ready to give a hand in manipulating the giant puppets himself it was actually
Cliff Dolliver from Dowtcha Puppets who created the illusion by standing behind him.
More photos from this year's launch can be seen here
We are looking for people to volunteer a couple of hours on the night of the Parade to assist with stewarding. If you are available we would love to hear from you!