Dragon of Shandon 2021
It’s nearly that time of year!
The Dragon of Shandon has taken place on Halloween annually since 2006 - the most spectacular street parade in Cork, a celebration and a creative partnership between artists and communities.
Each year, Cork’s Northside lights up with a celebration of the living and the dead, with an assortment of creatures from the underworld roaming the streets, making their way into the city centre, amassing huge crowds of onlookers.
We won’t be hosting the parade as normal this year, but our motley crew of skeletons are working hard to bring you something out of this world on the Shandon trail for Halloween 2021, building on the success of our installations from last year!
In the meantime, get involved! We’re collecting Samhain Stories, ghost stories to be made into an audio piece to be heard on the streets of Cork on the night. Send a max 3 minute voice note to us on WhatsApp 0873435494, by Facebook Messenger or to email@example.com before 10th October. All ages and languages are very welcome!
Participatory Street Spectacle
Creating participatory street celebrations that engage and connect with new audiences. Grounded in local contexts and with a unique artistic narrative.
Our roots are in the street - in community celebration and spectacle.
From Patrick's Day and Bona night in Middle Parish in the 1990's to the Dragon of Shandon, we work in partnership with people to co-create, celebrate and imagine together.
Each street spectacle project undertaken by CCAL is based on an extensive outreach programme in partnership with the community and voluntary sector. High standards of artistic excellence are encouraged as is the researching of new techniques and ways of making unique puppets and props.
Voluntary participation is the cornerstone of each project with ample opportunities for adults to come along, learn new skills and make a creative contribution to the community.
The Dragon of Shandon
One of Ireland’s biggest night time parades.
The Dragon of Shandon Parade is an urban street event which captures the spirit and imagination
of people living in Cork and provides the opportunity for people of all backgrounds and
abilities to take an active part in a major cultural event in their city.
For more information, check www.dragonofshandon.com.
Participatory Public Art
What if … is a Public Art programme for creative research, exploration and project development in relation to urban Public Space.
The programme was originally founded as part of the Cork 2005 Capital of Culture. What if … works in partnership with communities and groups to develop temporary, outdoor art works which explore the dynamics of urban public space.
To date the projects that have been undertaken as part of the programme are:
- What If... 2005
- What If Shandon 2006
- What If Mahon 2007
- Inside Out 2008
- The Big Wash Up 2009
- Voices from Shandon 2011-2013
-The Lido : Our space, your space 2016
For more information check www.whatif.ie
Cork Community Art Link asked the people of Cork and beyond to share a voicenote recording their favourite poetry - and the people delivered! Many people contributed to become part of this celebration of St. Patrick's Day 2021.
CCAL Art Worker Ruairí Dale has created this wonderful soundpiece incorporating the poetry received, layered with original music, and birdsong recorded right here in Ireland. This video also documents the creative process, with images, videos and time-lapse shared by our crew, from initial sketches to finished pieces.
This video follows the creative process of designing Clíodhna, the Patron Goddess of Love and Beauty in Cork. The design was created by Artist Raffaele Muraca in collaboration with Podge Daly and Cork Community Art Link. The final illustration was used to create a large 'stained glass' frame, which will be temporarily installed in Bishop Lucey Park in Cork City, Ireland in 2021.
A Collaboration between visual artist Rachel Doolin and Cork Community Art Link. EALTA (flock) is a project conceived by artist Rachel Doolin in response to and anticipation of Cork Community Art Link’s St. Patricks Day installation, which has been Inspired by the legend of the Goddess Cliodhna, Patron of Cork and the healing melody of her three other-worldly songbirds.
Cork Community Art Link along with Little Bird Babble artist Rachel Doolin invites all members of the public, children and adults alike to join their virtual FLOCK! Participants will be invited to find a suitable outdoor spot to create an EARTHBIRD. These curious beasts full of whimsy and wonder will be dotted all over Cork City and County and beyond! Made entirely from found organic matter, an EARTHBIRD is a symbol of hope, healing, togetherness and care. A symbol to be discovered and bring a smile to a passer-by. A resource sheet will be made available on Cork Community Art Link’s website outlining the details and how to get involved.
Rachel Doolin has also made a short animation to inspire your creations!
We can’t wait to see your EARTHBIRDS.
Click to view the Creative Process of Making our Black Lives Matter Stencil