Presented by Cork City Council, Glow, A Cork Christmas Celebration returns this weekend Friday December 14th to Sunday December 16th. As part of GLOW, a stunning magic Fairy Garden in Bishop Lucey Park has been created by a large group of young people from different youth services all over Cork.
Anton Cullen from Triangle Productions Ltd, the company which has illuminated Bishop Lucey Park this year, commissioned Art Tutors Davy Dummigan and Fiona Desmond to work with young people from local youth projects in Cork City, with a view to creating the unique feature in Bishop Lucey Park as part of GLOW.
Over 120 young people from different youth services took part in the project. These included The Hut in Gurranabraher – run by Youth Work Ireland; The Good Shepherd Services Cork, and Foróige Youth Projects in Farranree, Bishopstown, and Togher. Facilitated by Davy and Fiona, the young people have created a very charming fairy village, whose centrepiece is Cork’s iconic Shandon Bells.
The main purpose of ‘The Magic Fairy Garden’ is to highlight the great work that tutors from Cork Education and Training Board (ETB) facilitate throughout the city, as well as highlighting the resources provided by the Youth Centres themselves on a local level. It is hoped to develop this community-based approach within other local festivals and events in the future.
Bishop Lucey Park will be open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (4.30pm to 8.30pm) and there is still time for children to post their letters to Santa and to meet Padaí the Postman in the Park.
The Christmas Market is also open from 12noon to 8.30pm this weekend, and the 30-meter Ferris Wheel is open from 12noon to 9pm, and several schools will sing festive songs on the Grand Parade on Friday. These include Coláiste Choilm and, Gaelcholáiste Choilm from Ballincollig, St Brendan’s National School,the Glen and Scoil Mhuire Fatima from North Monastery Road.
On Saturday, from 12pm to 8pm, choirs including Carrigaline Gospel Choir, Voices of Cork Choir, Cork Operatic Society, Butter Exchange Brass and Reed Band and UCC Surgeon Noonan Society will all perform. Several musical performances will also take place on the Grand Parade on Sunday featuring Suzuki Violins, Rebel Brass, Ballyphehane Youth Project, Mahon Community Concert Band and Mahon Community Rock and Pop Hub.
Glow runs every weekend until December 16th. It also runs from Thursday December 20th to Saturday December 22nd. See www.glowcork.ie
Evening Echo, Cork’s 96FM and C103 are the media sponsors of GLOW.
For further information contact Eimear O’Brien PR