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Newry's Sticky Fingers team are back with a bang with the Sticky Fingers Childrens Festival taking place online from 17 - 21 March.

It has been a long and difficult year for many so it's very exciting to see the return of the Festival. This year, the festival may have a different way of reaching out to Newry’s children and families, but the festival still promises to be as magical and as imaginative as ever before. 

Perspective and smoke at the Sticky Fingers Childrens Festival

2021 marks a new beginning and Sticky Fingers’ team has been busy getting ready to bring back lots of your favourite events but is also promising something new!

Grainne Powell, CEO of Sticky Fingers Arts says: ‘’Although the IMAGINARIUM Arts & Story Centre must stay closed for a little longer, we are delighted to be back on the streets with a burst of creative energy and lots of imagination and colour to bring  the 2021 Festival to all our families across Newry and beyond. It is a little later this year but we can still promise plenty to keep everyone busy.

"The festival will be delivered remotely with some surprise elements planned to pop up  around the city so make sure to keep your eyes peeled as you never know who or what may be lurking around the corner or hiding under a bridge or along the canal."

Grainne adds "We are super excited to be presenting so many beautiful and original performances from Denmark, Spain, Scotland and England and we hope that it will not be long before we can welcome back theatre companies in person again.  Most importantly we look forward to the day when we can welcome all our little visitors back to the IMAGINARIUM Arts & Story Centre to see all the new features, play spaces and stories we have created during the past year and to see what mischief our resident Troll has been up to during lockdown.

"So, for now sit back, put your feet up, enjoy and let Sticky Fingers; team take over entertaining the little ones from 17th to 21st March. We hope you enjoy the festival and remember to keep safe and well until we are all back together again.” 

This year many of the shows and workshops will be available via live streaming or zoom allowing you to enjoy them in the safety of your own home. The festival offers a good mix of family shows and lots of interactive hands-on workshops. Festival 2021 will see the return of some of our favourite theatre companies but also features premieres of exciting shows from around the world.  We are thrilled to welcome back La Baldufa Teatre from Spain with a beautiful show for the little ones: the fable of a Squirrel who arrives unexpectedly to live with a hedgehog.

Sticky Fingers Festival.

Opening the festival this year is the fantastic Madam Bach Theatre from Denmark with the premiere of Home, a show about belonging and feeling at home! 

Join Half-Moon Theatre in their fabulous performance of Paper Aeroplane, when you will be taking a flight with friends through the clouds, touching down in new mysterious places and making new discoveries. Lift off on a journey full of music, physically and zooming paper aeroplanes!  This performance has closed captioning for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences and is also available with British Sign Language.

Spend an evening searching for clues as Sharp Teeth Theatre presents SHERLOCK in HOMES: grap your notepad and boil your kettle! Expect high wires and even stakes as you play Detective and attempt to unmask a murderer. A must for all the family!

A Festival favourite: LYNGO Theatre presents TOM THUMB, performed entirely on and under a kitchen table, this classic story is brought to life in a playful and fascinating show full of LYNGO’s magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. Come and join tiny Tom on his very big adventure. 

Sticky Fingers Arts  is supported by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland.

More details and booking online at WWW.STICKYFINGERSARTS.CO.UK



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