Unwrapped - The perfect family-friendly start to the Winter Festive Season

The Unwrapped event involves over 300 participants of all ages and cultural backgrounds from across the county working with artists to create an interactive original FREE performance for a family audience of up to 500 people. 

The family-friendly festive event will take place on Saturday, December 7, at 5pm. The parade will travel from Belgard Square West to Rua Red/Civic Theatre.  (See map below for details) 

Participants from youth and community groups and schools work with Unwrapped commissioned artists, composers, choreographers, designers and musicians between August and December to make large-scale illuminated figures and lanterns.

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Celebrating 10 Years: UNWRAPPED is unique in that it has over the last 10 years developed a distinct culture of outdoor festive performance amongst the participant groups, especially young people.

It is the only festival in South Dublin County that, by placing active participation at its heart, nurtures a sense of civic engagement and pride in participants and audiences alike.

Our title is Safe Haven

Taking as our inspiration is an award-winning animation Rocket Man by Iranian refugee animation artist Majid Adin. Majid Adin won a commission from the Elton John Foundation to re-interpret the song Rocket Man.

Majid worked in partnership with Irish animator Stephen McNally to create a profoundly beautiful and moving film animation about a refugee’s search for safe passage – safe haven. 

Our theme is reflected in the words of President Michael D Higgins speaking at the UN Forum.

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Belgard Square West, parading to Rua Red/The Civic

The annual UNWRAPPED programme is developed by a creative partnership between South Dublin County Council Arts Office, Corporate Services Department; Community Service Department; South Dublin Libraries; Tallaght Community Arts; Alternative Entertainments; Contact Studio; The Civic, Rua Red AND South Dublin County Music Generation. 

Established in 2009, UNWRAPPED has evolved as a FREE annual Winter Festival of Lights for all the family through a combination of music, performance and visual arts.

UNWRAPPED has established itself in Tallaght as an original outdoor performance with commissioned artists, fantastic costumes and a specially commissioned music score and has continued to evolve.

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Officiated by:

Mayor - South Dublin County Cllr. Vicki Casserly

Participating Groups:

● Carousel Theatre

● DNE Clondalkin Towers

● Dominic’s Community Centre – Young Explorers

● Doors to Elsewhere

● DoubleTAKE Studio Artists

● Glenasmole National School

● Holy Rosary National School Firhouse

● Kingswood Community Choir

● Kingswood Youth Choir

● Lucan Community National School

● Mother Tongues Festival Families Group

● Priory Youth Reach

● Silvertones Community Choir

● St Peter Apostles Senior National School Neilstown

● Link Project Tallaght

● Street Arts Academy

● Tallaght Hospital – Stroke Support Group

● Saturday Workshop Participants

● Sub Sounds Band

● Tallaght Intercultural Drop-In Centre

● Tessa House Group


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For more info Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / www.facebook.com/UNWRAPPEDSouthDublin

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