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Artastic St Patrick’s parade archive

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Since 2003 Artastic have created a pageant spectacle for St Patricks festival parade in Dublin, using a variety of community groups along with our talented artists. This blog will describe in brief of a spectacle along with credits to those involved from the years 2003 to 2007.

This is now stepping back a few years but lost a lot of the record of our work. This is a attempt to preserve what we remember of the early years. Hopefully we may be able to add to this information as time goes along.

Aside from the theme of the spectacle each parade brings its own personal story from us as artist but more importantly the stories of the individuals attending. Many participants who got involved with the parades, came back year after year, and in turn some also became the artists who helped create our parades of the future. There are many hardships associated with creating these productions but one thing that made it so worth it was meeting so many wonderful people over the years

 

2007 Midas Touch – Saint Patrick’s parade

This was a pageant created for Saint Patrick’s parade. The work was based on the story of Midas who wished that everything he touched turned to gold, which was great until he touch his beloved daughter who also turned to gold. Them moral of the story is often told as ‘be careful what you wish for’ while another moral is , ‘to fulfill all of someones dreams is to drive them mad’.

We based the visual idea on some of histories first know  parades parades, which were military parades showing strenght in numbers. The parades were huge displays were often captains told of the victories through dance and theater.

This was Artastic’s biggest parade in Saint Patrick’s parade ever with over 260 participants. The pageant actually cover the entirety of O O’Connell street as we passed through it.  We had schools from Dublin and all over kildare involved.

One of the artists who currently work with us Eugenia, was in the parade as a transition student from Leixlip, and joined the parade a few year later when she was a student in Iadt. She was been in every parade since, as well as working with artastic projects through out the years.

 

2006 Elemental thought – Saint Patrick’s parade

I remember least about the theme or story but it was based on a Celtic Ireland and the four elements. By 2007 we were noticing a repeated request from participants from previous Saint Patrick’s parades in Dublin.  A strong bond start to form with the participants and this is when I think that it was more than just I start to really identify with been part of Artastic.

I had just lost my studio and this entire parade was created inside a sitting room.

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2005 Chaos in Calcutta – Saint Patrick’s parade

This was Artastic’s third entry in Saint Patrick’s parade in Dublin. It was another comic version of a story from when Vijaya was in India. In Calcutta he noticed they stopped cars to protect cows who had decided to stop and have a rest in Calcutta city centre. The pageant was based on the tree colours of traffic lights as there were no traffic lights in Calcutta.

 

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2004 Knicker Bocker Glory – Saint Patrick’s parade 

This was our second parade and at least this year we had managed to get some music into the performance. The story as in many years to come, was a comic story based on monsters who like to disco, but had a keen taste for ice-cream and sweets.  The visual idea was to try build everything on the three shapes, square, triangle and circle.

Artists involved with this were

Vijaya Bateson,  Denis O Connor,  Valerie Kelly.

 

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2003 Journey to the bottom of the garden  – Saint Patrick’s parade

This was our first year to create a pageant for Saint Patrick’s parade in Dublin. If was a steep learning curve but lots of fun. I was hard to believe that only after two years of creating local parades in Newbridge Co Kildare we were not creating work for Saint Patrick’s parade in Dublin. The parade route went from St Stephen’s Green to Western way in the early days.

The story in the pageant was based on being conscious  of the damage that was created to the environment by not recycling. The story told of creatures who’s natural habitat was been destroyed. We tried to create some of the creature by recycling materials such as milk bottles.

Artists involved with this were

Vijaya Bateson,  Denis O Connor,  Valerie Kelly.

We do not have many images of this event, but have whatever is left can be seen below.

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Since 2003 Artastic have created a pageant spectacle for St Patricks festival parade in Dublin, using a variety of community groups along with our talented artists. This blog will describe in brief of a spectacle along with credits to those involved in the year 2008.

This is now stepping back a few years but we like to keep a record of our work, and their is a special personal story that goes with each of the parade for those involves so we wanted it to act as a trip down memory lane for anyone who wanted it.

 

Notorious Reef Groovers

It’s back – the competition you have been waiting for, including every watery wannabe, drippy diva and showy shellfish in the ocean. Starfish in your Eyes will embrace some of the most notorious Reef Groovers: the Seahorse Gospel Choir, the Sole Sisters and the current title holders – The Kings of Coral “Elvish”

 

DESCRIPTION OF PAGEANT

  • It’s all go as that time of year again when the aquatic wannabe’s gather for their annual talent competition. You can say it’s the underwater version of you’re a starfish finals.
  • All eyes are anxious to see what talented group will win the “Starfish in your Eyes” title.
  • This years entries will see some of the more Notorious Reef Groover’s, such as the ‘Slip hop Jellyfish dancer’, “the Seahorse Gospel choir”  “the Star Fish musical society”  “The Sole Sisters” and desperately trying to hold on to their title will be there “the Kings of the Coral, Elvish” ( fish who actually believe they are Elvis, what a cod..)
  • Cheer on the ditsy wannabe star fish, God bless them, what they lack in talent, they make up for in enthusiasm.
  • Remember this is a competition, so Text your vote to 086 8234002.

To vote favourite simply text   Elvish,  Jellyfish, starfish,  or Seahorse.

  • Show your support to all those fishy family and friends that have come out to support for the star’s in the little fish eyes.
  • There’s a great campaign group out today trying to solicit your vote for Elvish. Go on get your phones out and text your support. Text Elvish to 086 8234002.
  • Although the have left their blue swade shoes behind, the Kings of the Coral “Elvish” are the bookies favourite to win again this year.
  • Look out for those infamous Judges wearing the latest designer scuba diving outfits, and give them your opinion and don’t take any of their guff.
  • Please get voting now before the lines close. It’s what the public think that counts. Any if you got no credit, well just cheer and shout for your favourite.
  • Try catch a glimpse of the three real stars, the three Queens of the Sea, which are our special guest today..

  

ABOUT THE COMPANY

  •  Artastic’s collaborative art projects are nationally recognised as models of community theatre in Ireland, where artists and community groups work together to transform our urban landscapes with colourful creative performances.
  • This year Artastic’s pageant has a cast of 150 performers made up of many community groups and friends of Artastic
  • Artastic is involved with three different parades today, with over 300 costumes in parades throughout the country. Organising this has been a real challenge to the team.
  •  Although they are based in Newbridge Co Kildare. They work all year round with a variety of community settings, right through out Ireland.
  • Artastic are responsible for creating the parade celebrations at the Rose of Tralee each year.
  • They are involves working with many community groups Artastic pays a special role in youth Arts in collaboration with youth organisation in the Dublin and Kildare regions.

 

ARTISTIC TEAM

 Artistic / Performance Director: – Vijaya Bateson ( V-JOY – Phonetic pronunciation)

Choreographer: Sheila Garvey (Lets dance Academy)

Team: Lead Production Artist  –Vera Doherty.

Creative team – Sharon O Neil, Gina Tierney, Brendan Lane, Rob Mockler, Tagred Jhady,

Painter- Orla Cloghar.

Music and Sound . Rob Mockler /Gordon Turner.

 

Groups involved in this year parade.

 Shiela Garvey Dance Academy – Navan

Deirdre Brwn Dance School  – Nass

Celbridge Youth Theatre

Kildare Youth Theatre

Balitore Youth Theatre

Various friends and guest of Artastic

 

Special Guests.

Saorise Kearney, Amber Short and Kinkari Bateson who all the Queens of the Sea.

Kinkari Bateson Fly’s in each year from Wales, just to be in the parade.

 

 

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Artastic – Parade company Ireland

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Since 2003 Artastic have created a pageant spectacle for St Patricks festival parade in Dublin, using a variety of community groups along with our talented artists. This blog will describe in brief of a spectacle along with credits to those involved in the year 2009

This is now stepping back a few years but we like to keep a record of our work, and their is a special personal story that goes with each of the parade for those involves so we wanted it to act as a trip down memory lane for anyone who wanted it.

The Age of Aquarius

Pageant description

Artastic’s pageant brings you on a journey through the age of Aquarius into the colourful and adventurous sixties. A time when hippies also became known as flower children because they often would hand out flowers to promote ideas of love and peace. The sixties was more than just a decade, it was a state of mind. The sixties were an exciting, revolutionary, turbulent time of great social and technological change:  unforgettable fashion, new musical styles, the first man landing on the moon, peace marches, flower power. Where “go with the flow” was the motto, “the sky is the limit” realized new expectations for mankind.

Visual concept for pageant

The visual concept is one of three stages. 1/The spiral dancers, 2/ the flower children, 3/one small step for man.

The spiral dancers leading the procession, who dance to the sound of the Beatles, represent the notion of ideas starting to escalate. Spiritual ideologies emerging from eastern continents which influenced western thinking. Social expectations been questioned and revolutions begin for human rights.    A race for technological advancement.

The flower children section is bedecked with a huge mix of colours. This section represents the state of mind that became known as the sixties. Wild fashion, new music, road trips, festivals, new ideals, a new found liberation which knew no limits. Visually we attempt to bring the eye of the observer upwards with this colour and height.

The final section ‘One Small Step for man’, is a simple, almost baby-like step into the infancy of the space age. Along with the Apollo rocket, our quirky moon dancers float around in the space gear, to represent the brave step out into the unknown. Rob Creage created the sound scape to accompany the section, which has an interesting mix, of moon landing recordings and sixties tunes to create a very bouncy tune.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

 

  • Artastic’s collaborative art projects are nationally recognised as models of community theatre in Ireland, where artists and community groups work together to transform our urban landscapes with colourful creative performances.
  • This year Artastic’s pageant has a cast of 120 performers made up of many community groups and friends of Artastic
  • Artastic is involved with four different parades today, with over 300 costumes in parades throughout the country. Organising this has been a real challenge to the team.
  •  Although they are based in Newbridge Co Kildare. They work all year round with a variety of community settings, right through out Ireland.
  • Artastic has worked alongside many Dublin inner city youth projects over the past three years, where they have though many young people and a few not so young how to walk on stilts.
  • Artastic have worked with the Rose of Tralee over a number of years and plan to work closely with organisers this year to celebrate the fiftieth year of the Rose festival.

 

 

Artastic parade company Ireland

ARTISTIC TEAM

 Artistic / Performance Director: – Vijaya Bateson ( V-JOY – Phonetic pronunciation)

Choreographer: Paula O Rielly

Team: Lead Production Artist  – Caitriona Mc Gowan.

Creative team – Rod Mockler, Aiofe FitzGerlad, Tarot Couzyn, Alan Baird, Gregory Baird, Kirsten Armstrong,

Painter- Orla Cloghar.

Music created by – Rob Creage

Sound Engineer – Gordon Turner.

 

Groups involved in this year parade.

 Students form Model making course in IDAT Dunlaoire

Members of Arts group TICKLE – Dublin

Transition year from ST Patricks Secondary school  – Naas

Celbridge Youth Theatre

Balitore Youth Theatre

Various friends and guest of Artastic

Special Guests.

Saorise Kearney, Amber Short and Kinkari Bateson.

Interesting developments.

Our choreographer Paula O Reilly, and two artist Aoife FitxGerald (aka Aoife FitzPerfect)  and Kirtsen Armstrong , would have all been young participants in Artastic parades over the years, who have now become valuable assets to the creative team.

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 Since 2003 Artastic have created a pageant spectacle for St Patricks festival parade in Dublin, using a variety of community groups along with our talented artists. This blog will describe in brief of a spectacle along with credits to those involved in the year 2010.

“A topsy turvey world”

 

Pageant description

  Follow Artastic on a journey through the extraordinary wonders of “A topsy turvey world” where nothing is quite as it seems and strangely magical characters are simply the ‘norm’.  Inside this world you will meet talking cats in bowler hats, life sized dolls on their way to the ball. Liquorice shops, candy floss mops and spinning tops being chased by clocks! A giant cake would not look altogether out of place either…..

Visual concept for pageant

The visual concept is one of a colourful journey through a Childs eye that not only leaves your eyes wide open with joy, but then has you licking your lips, and stomping you feet. The Topsy Turvey World will leave you with a lasting smirk on your face for the rest of the day.

The show opens with spinning tops whirling you into frenzy. Wave hello to Tic and Toc, the talking clocks, but don’t be alarmed with what they may say to you.  While candy sticks fly through the air, candyfloss dancer, show of their long hair.

Watch those cheeky chatty cats, with the funky top hats; try to steal a bite from the liquorish house. Watch the sweet liquorish dancer, twist and twirl.

And look at those large dancing dolls, looks like their dressed for a ball. But with that mischief in their eyes, you can tell someone is for a surprise.

Then the back-to-front boys, full of teenage joys bumble around the huge cake. With a spin in their eyes, were not sure if it’s from sugar, or carousel rides.

The pageant is ushered on by the large twisters, and a flock of hyper active birds, but were are not sure if their singing, or just mumbling strange words..

 

 

ARTISTIC TEAM

 

Artistic Director –  Caitriona Mc Gowan

Performance Director: – Vijaya Bateson ( V-JOY – Phonetic pronunciation)

Lead Production Artist  –. Ann Marie McGrane

Creative team   –  Alan Baird, Claire Noons, Niamh Kett, Emer Cloakey,

Music – A mixed collection of Electro Swing.

Sound Engineer – Gordon Turner.

 

Groups involved in this year parade.

 Dancers from Deirdre Brown Dance school – Naas

Transition year from ST Patricks Secondary school  – Naas

Transition year from Firhouse Secondary school  – Dublin

Students form Model making course in IDAT Dunlaoire

Celbridge Youth Theatre

Balitore Youth Theatre

Youth Group from THE BASE in Ballyfermott, Dublin

Various friends and guest of Artastic

 

Interesting developments.

Caitriona McGowan has worked with Artastic for a few years, but this is her for first year to act as Artastic Director for the St Patricks day parade. Caitrona, who is from Killybegs in Co Donegal, has been responsible for the pageant from design stage, through to finish. She has leaded the team brilliantly to create this wonderful pageant.

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Carnival arts parade

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Since 2003 Artastic have created a carnival arts  spectacle for St Patrick’s festival parade in Dublin, using a variety of community groups along with our talented artists. This blog will describe in brief of a spectacle along with credits to those involved in the year 2012.

History of Group

Artastic was founded in 2003 by its Artistic director Vijaya Bateson.

Artastic’s collaborative art projects are, nationally recognised as models of community theatre in Ireland, where artists and community groups work together to transform our urban landscapes with colourful creative performances

Artastic is involved with four different parades today, with another parade in London on Sunday.

Description of Pageant

This will be Artastic’s 10th year involved with our national St Patricks parade in Dublin.

Section one, represents the explanation of light travelling through a prism and as the light bends it transforms into a rainbow

Section two, represents the raindrops that act as a prism in the shy. The raindrops appear in colour order of the rainbow, red, yellow, orange, green, blue, indigo, violet.

Both section one and two are led by Atomic dance group from the Liberties in Dublin. The groups are Choreographed by their director Mark Kennedy.

Section Three, represents the Observer who needs to be positioned between the Rain and the Sun to see the rainbow.

The observer section is performed by both Balitore and Celbridge Youth Theatres from Co Kildare.

Section Four, represents the Sun, which needs to be set on far side of the observer for the rainbow to be seen.

This Section is performed by young people form Bradog Regional Youth Service’s in North Inner City, Dublin, and directed by Mary Duffin

Section Five, represents one of the many Mythological stories associated with the Rainbow. We have highlighted ‘IRIS’ the Greek Goddess of the Rainbow in this section.

Iris section is performed by members of IADT college in Dun laoghaire, along with Artastic regular Performers.

 

Artistic team involved including titles

Artistic Directors –  Vijaya Bateson, Caitriona Mc Gowan

Atomic Dance group choreographer – Mark Kennedy

Performance Directors: – Mary Duffin, Vijaya Bateson,

Creative Team– Eileen Bateson, Aoife FitzGerald, Wendy Stephens, Emily Archer, Eimear Doherty.

Other Groups/people involved in the project

This year Artastic has a cast of over 140 performers from group such as;

Dancers from Atomic Dance Group – Dublin

Students form Model making course in IDAT Dunlaoire – Dublin

Celbridge Youth Theatre – Kildare

Balitore Youth Theatre – Kildare

Bradog Regional Youth Services – North inner city Dublin

 

Any specific music to be played in Parade?

To set the scene we are playing remixes of songs such as ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, ‘Singing in the Rain’, ‘Here comes the Sun’ and many more!

 

Any information on individual members….

Aside from the Artistic Director Vijaya Bateson, Aoife FitzGerald is now the only participant that has been all ten St Patricks day parades with Artastic. She got involved the first year as a transition year student, but enjoyed herself so much she has returned every year bringing a few friends along. Aoife has been involved with many Artastic projects, and has been part of the creative team, who created the costumes for St Patricks day for the past two years,

One of Artastic’s favourite fans, young Saoirse Kearny leads of our parade today.

Saint Patrick’s parade 2011

Saint Patrick’s parade Ireland

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Since 2003 Artastic have created a pageant spectacle for St Patricks festival parade in Dublin, using a variety of community groups along with our talented artists. This blog will describe in brief of a spectacle along with credits to those involved in the Saint Patrick’s parade Ireland 2011.

 

History of Group

Saint Patrick's paradeArtastic was founded in 2003 by its Artistic director Vijaya Bateson. The idea at the time was to work with local communities in Co Kildare to create street theatre events by the local people for the local people.

Artastic’s collaborative art projects are now, nationally recognised as models of community theatre in Ireland, where artists and community groups work together to transform our urban landscapes with colourful creative performances

Although Artastic was a Kildare based group, now it is Kildare and Dublin based group, as the studio remains in Kildare but many of the groups they now work with are based in Dublin.

This will be Artastic’s eight year involved with our national St Patricks parade in Dublin.

Artastic is involved with four different parades today, with over 300 costumes in parades throughout the country. Organising this has been a real challenge to the team

 

This parade was created to various chapters of a story by Rody Doyle

 

 

Description of Pageant

Artastic adapted chapter three, to set the scene of the three children Raymond, Gloria and Ernie (who was a bit of a vampire), running though the streets from one house to another. Artastic split the story in to three sections, 1/ The intro – Bright lights and brilliant, 2/ Mooney House and 3/ O’Driscolls house. Artastic interpreted and translated the story using own unique carnival style costumes. There is a repeated emblem of the black dog of depression. These images of the dogs are created in Celtic style to reflect the back dog of depression that emerges from the Celtic Tiger. The Performers will dance and perform to the wonderful sound of Imelda May, to set the scene of a contemporary Dublin. The pageant attempts to create a colourful imagination of the scene of the story, rather than a literal one.

Section one, is lead at the front of the parade by the three lead characters played by, Saoirse Kearney, Amber Short, Joe O Loughlin.

Next we will see the white lace costumes which represent the white flood lights at O Leary’s house. The bright yellow section is to represent, when the lights go off Gloria shouts brilliant, and the passage is full with yellow light.

This whole section is performer by Atomic Dance Group for Dublin, and choreographed by Mark Kennedy.

 

In Section two we see the first emblem of the dogs, closely followed by the two big eyes and tongue of O’Mooney’s dog, lulu Mooney. Watch out for the cheeky letterbox girls and those funny bones.

This section is performed by, Celbridge and Balitore youth theatres, The Base Youth service, as well as students from IADT and ISI. Performances are directed by Johnny Murphy and Vijaya Bateson.

 

Section three is opened with shadows of the children as the run through the streets to O Driscoll’s house. It is here the meet Fang, O’Driscoll’s dog, and the ever so strange Ernie O’Driscoll who is a bit of a vampire. It is all a bit dark a scary for Gloria, as they run off in to the distance with, vampires and the large shadows of the dog that Ernie just spotted.

The final section was performed by young people for the north inner city through the Bradog regional youth services, and directed by Rachel Laley.

 

Artistic team involved including titles

Artistic Directors –  Vijaya Bateson, Caitriona Mc Gowan

Atomic Dance group choreographer – Mark Kennedy

Performance Directors: – Vijaya Bateson, Johnny Murphy, Rachel Laley

Lead Production Artist  –. Caitriona Mc Gowan

Creative Team– Eileen Bateson, AnneMarie McGrainne, Aoife FitzGerald, Niamh Kett, Amy Binions.

 

Other Groups/people involved in the project

This year Artastic has a cast of over 160 performers from group such as;

Dancers from Atomic Dance Group – Dublin

Students form Model making course in IDAT Dunlaoire – Dublin

Celbridge Youth Theatre – Kildare

Balitore Youth Theatre – Kildare

Bradog Regional Youth Services – North inner city Dublin

Youth Group from THE BASE in Ballyfermott – Dublin

ISI – English language school  – Dublin city centre

 

Any specific music to be played in Parade?

To set the scene of contemporary Dublin we decided to use a lively collection of songs by Dublin based Imelda May. Imelda will be playing in London roundhouse on St Patricks day after completing her Australian tour.

 

Any information on individual members….

Aside from the Artistic Director Vijaya Bateson, Aoife FitzGerald is now the only participant that has been all eight St Patricks day parades with Artastic. She got involved the first year as a transition year student, but enjoyed herself so much she has returned every year bringing a few friends along. Aoife has been involved with many Artastic projects, and has been part of the creative team, who created the costumes for St Patricks day for the past two years,

 

 

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Since 2003 Artastic have created a pageant spectacle for St Patricks festival parade in Dublin, using a variety of community groups along with our talented artists. This blog will describe in brief of a spectacle along with credits to those involved in the year 2013 for parades Ireland.

 

History of Group

Artastic was founded in 2003 by its Artistic director Vijaya Bateson.

Artastic’s collaborative art projects are, nationally recognised as models of community theatre in Ireland, where artists and community groups work together to transform our urban landscapes with colourful creative performances

Artastic is involved with four different parades today around Ireland

Description of Pageant

This was Artastic’s 11th year involved with our national St Patricks parade in Dublin.

Parade Tilte :   Raggie Maggie

Story line :

Parades Ireland Artastic’s cast of 120 performers create a colourful spectacle that tells the story of some old Toys who were concerned that children were drifting towards playing with electronic games too much. And more frighteningly, the old toys were concerned that Children may start to lose their great imaginations, if the stopped playing with their old toys. In response, the toys decide to have a great gathering of toys to enter St Patricks Festival parade. But to really capture the imagination of children not only in Ireland but all round the world they decided to make the world’s largest Rag Doll. The Toys decide to almost double the world Guinness record and make the ginormous Raggie Maggie 7.7 metres tall. (That’s about the height of two Double Decker bus on top of each other)

Artastic actually attempted the world record. Read more Here

Captured by Adrian Melia photography here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parade Opening, Our three young performers Saoirse Kearney, Joe and Faye O Loughlin open our parade as Three Rag Dolls, followed by a huge Yellow Bird.

Section one, Are dancing Barbies, and Kens

Section two, Are colourful collection Emu Puppets

Both section one and two are led by Atomic dance group from the Liberties in Dublin. The groups are Choreographed by their director Mark Kennedy.

Section Three, Is a large collection of soft toys such a trolls, Teddys, and black birds.

This Section is performed by young people form Bradog Regional Youth Service’s in North Inner City, Dublin, and directed by Mary Duffin

 

Section Four, we find a Lego characters, Robots and spinning tops.

This section is performed by both Balitore Youth Theatres from Co Kildare and,

Young people from Cabinteenly youth arts group.

Section Five, See’s a collection of individual toys such as Tin soldier, Teddy bear, plastic soldiers, Dragon, Strong man, Goblin, and gingerbread man.

Section Six, will finish the parade with a lively bunch of Rag Dolls dancing and sing as the parade the massive mascot ‘Raggie Maggie’ for all to see.

These last two sections are performed by members of IADT college in Dun laoghaire, along with Artastic regular Performers.

Artistic team involved including titles

Artistic Directors –  Vijaya Bateson, Caitriona Mc Gowan

Atomic Dance group choreographer – Mark Kennedy

Performance Directors: – Mary Duffin, Vijaya Bateson,

Creative Team– Ryan Aoife FitzGerald, Wendy Stephens, Emily Archer, Eimear.

Other Groups/people involved in the project

This year Artastic has a cast of over 130 performers from group such as;

Dancers from Atomic Dance Group – Dublin

Students form Model making course in IDAT Dunlaoire – Dublin

Balitore Youth Theatre – Kildare

Bradog Regional Youth Services – North inner city Dublin

Any information on individual members….

Big thanks to Ryan Smith for all his work. Ryan was a guest artist who was invited form Scotland to help create this pageant

Also big thanks to Aoife FitzGerald, who has been the longest standing participant in out parades, travelled all the way back to be with us again this year.

 

Other interesting info

A Roman Rag Doll is one of the oldest Children toys still in existence, and is kept in the British Museum. The doll was found in a child’s grave from 300BC

 

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Saint Patrick's parade 2014 Ireland

Parades Ireland – St Patrick’s festival 2014

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Since 2003 Artastic have created a pageant spectacle for St Patricks festival parade in Dublin, using a variety of community groups along with our talented artists. This blog will describe in brief of a spectacle along with credits to those involved in the year 2014.

 

History of Group

Artastic is a street spectacle company based in Kildare, under the artistic direction of Vijaya Bateson and Caitriona McGowan. Artastic was founded in 2003 by Vijaya Bateson.

Artastic’s collaborative art projects are, nationally recognised as models of community theatre in Ireland, where artists and community groups work together to transform our urban landscapes with colourful creative performances

Artastic annual programme will include but not limited to a new production for St Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin, as well as many National Festival including Rose of Tralee.

Artastic is involved with four different parades today around Ireland.

Description of Pageant

This was Artastic’s 12th year involved with our national St Patrick’s parade in Dublin.

Parade Title :   Let’s make History Colourful

Story line :   Artastic known for colouring our Urban landscapes with its colourful creations, was looking at how sometimes our history looked a bit grey. The Artastic Artists imagined if they could go back through or history books, how they might add a bit of colour and carnival to some of our history. Artastic’s artists set off with the fabric, paint and performers, adding a bit of colour and fun to the Celtic Ireland and the Myths that seem to be embossed into the history of the bronze and Iron Age in Ireland.

Artastic’s cast of 120 performers create a colourful spectacle

Parade Opening, Our three young artists open our parade making history colourful with the large paint brushes.

 

SeParades Irelandction one,

The first section represent the pages of our history books. Then we see brightly coloured monuments such as round towers and Celtic crosses. This era represents the span of time when Celtic culture is influence by Christianity that flooded Ireland

This section is led by Atomic dance group from the Liberties in Dublin. The groups are Choreographed by their director Mark Kennedy.

 

 

 

 

 

Parades Ireland, celtic IrealndSection two,

The Celtic era is well known for its artwork including many of the creatures that featured in their stories and daily life. Using this strong iconic imagery Artastic add intense colours to highlight the quality of their intricate interlace art work.

This Section is performed by young people form Bradog Regional Youth Service’s in North Inner City, Dublin, and directed by Mary Duffin

 

 

Section ThreeParades Ireland, Celtic cross

This represents Celtic women and warriors with colourful costume and oversize masks that depicts the strong character of these tribes.  Our Large puppets of the King Queen mark how these large groups settled into provinces with their rí ruirech, or king of the province as their leaders.

This section is performed by Students from Iadt Model making course in Dunlaoire

 

 

Section Four

Salmon of knowledge, Parades IrelandFinally we add a bit of colour to the well-told Myths of that time, Children of Lir, the Salmon of Knowledge and The fairies. We also want to include the Cliodhna the queen of the Banshees which in spite of our best efforts, she would not accept any colour than her infamous white appearance.

This section is performed by Friends of ARTASTIC

 

 

 

 

 

Artistic team involved including titles

Artistic Directors –  Vijaya Bateson, Caitriona Mc Gowan

Atomic Dance group choreographer – Mark Kennedy

Performance Directors: – Mary Duffin

Other Groups/people involved in the project

This year Artastic has a cast of over 130 performers from group such as;

Dancers from Atomic Dance Group – Dublin

Students form Model making course in IDAT Dunlaoire – Dublin

Balitore Youth Theatre – Kildare

Bradog Regional Youth Service – North inner city Dublin

Saint Patrick's parade 2015 Ireland, Wow O Clock

Wow O Clock – Saint Patrick’s parade Ireland

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Since 2003 Artastic have created a pageant spectacle for St Patricks festival parade in Dublin, using a variety of community groups along with our talented artists. This blog will describe in brief of a spectacle along with credits to those involved in the year 2015.

 

History of Group

Artastic is a street spectacle company based in Kildare, under the artistic direction of Vijaya Bateson and Caitriona McGowan. Artastic was founded in 2003 by Vijaya Bateson.

Artastic’s collaborative art projects are, nationally recognised as models of community theatre in Ireland, where artists and community groups work together to transform our urban landscapes with colourful creative performances

Artastic annual programme will include but not limited to a new production for St Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin, as well as many National Festival including Rose of Tralee.

Description of Pageant

This was Artastic’s 13th year involved with our national St Patricks parade in Dublin.

Parade Title :   Wow O Clock

Story line :   Artastic want to help you celebrate ‘now’ by creating a ‘Wow O Clock’. This clock is designed to celebrate those times that we decide to do more of what we love. Wow O clock has no numbers, or hour and minute hands, but has one WOW hand that brings us to different wow moments in our day. We encourage you all to make your own WOW O clock and put your favourite moments of the day on it. So don’t wait until tomorrow, and yesterday has gone, do more of what you love, and each day will be more fun.

Artastic’s cast of 120 performers create a colourful spectacle

Parade Opening,

The parade opens with our clock makers. These clock makers create the wow o clock to point to different ‘Wow’ moments in our day.

 

First WOW moment – ‘In the Garden’

If you’re a garden lover, you will know how rewarding it is to spend your time in your garden. In this section we will see a collection of beautiful flowers like Lilies, Daisies, Buttercups and Roses, along with two beautiful butterflies flying between the flowers.

This section is led by Atomic dance group from the Liberties in Dublin. The groups are Choreographed by their director Mark Kennedy.

   Saint Patrick's parade Ireland, In The garden

 

 

 

 

 

Second WOW moment  Sweets and Treats

Do you know that feeling when you bite into a lovely slice of cake and the world disappears in that moment? Well in this section we will see some of our favourites from, cupcakes, popcorn, love heart sweets, candy canes, gingerbread man and candy of all shapes and sizes.

This Section is performed by young people form Bradog Regional Youth Service’s in North Inner City, Dublin, and from Balitore Youth Theatre, Balitore , Co KIldare.  This section is directed by Mary Duffin

Saint Patrick's parade Ireland, Candy costumes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third WOW moment –  Lost in music

You know how you can be transported in time when you hear your favourite tune. You know how some songs just want to make you dance. Well in the last wow moment today we see, costumes and characters to conjure up those feelings. Lose yourself in the moment, or get up and dance to join in.

This section is performed by first and second year Students from Iadt Model making course in Dun Laoghaire.

Saint Patrick's parade Ireland, Music sheet costume

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artistic team involved including titles

Artistic Directors –  Vijaya Bateson, Caitriona Mc Gowan

Atomic Dance group choreographer – Mark Kennedy

Performance Directors: – Mary Duffin

Other Groups/people involved in the project

This year Artastic has a cast of over 120 performers from group such as;

Dancers from Atomic Dance Group – Dublin

Students form Model making course in IDAT Dunlaoire – Dublin

Balitore Youth Theatre – Kildare

Bradog Regional Youth Services – North inner city Dublin

 

If you would like to see our full gallery of Saint Patrick’s parade Ireland images for 2015 please visit the links below

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28488361@N00/albums