Coolcatts Halloween Festival in partnership with Sorcas Garman
Date: Thursday 31st October Time: 5pm Where: Coolcotts Youth Centre
Sorcas Garman is a new initiative bringing Social and Youth Circus practice to Wexford. The project was developed in partnership with the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network, Core Creations, FDYS, Wexford County Council, Wexford Arts Centre and Local Link Wexford.
Wexford Local Development have been the main stakeholder in this project throughout 2019, which has provided new and exciting ways to engage young people in creative and physical activity.
The group of young people, who are part of the FDYS Youth Project, have met every Tuesday afternoon at Wexford Arts Centre since February. There they have learned many skills such as juggling, stilt-walking, basic acrobatics, hula hoop and many more. These skills promote team building, develop self-esteem, encourage safe risk-taking and increase trust and responsibility.
Some of the feedback from the participants include:
‘Sorcas Garman is where I come to clear my mind’ (age 15)
‘Sorcas Garman is a creative outlet for me and is a great way to meet up with friends.’ (age 13)
‘It is a way to learn multiple skills and a way to convey emotions and stuff.’ (age 12)
‘Makes me feel energetic and welcomed in a group.’ (age 13)
Throughout the project the young people have worked with a wide range of artists from different practices developing new ideas and ways of working and thinking. Sorcas Garman wants to thank each and every one of these artists for all their energy, enthusiasm and contributions.
‘There has been a notable increase in confidence levels and ownership of the workshop's and the skills learned and mastered. The young people have developed life-long skills and true friendships have been formed. Also the input from the youth-workers, Wexford Arts Centre Staff and Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network, has contributed to the overall feeling of solidarity and security within the group.’ said Enda Moran of Core Creations – director of Sorcas Garman.
The social impact of engaging in creative and physical activities has been noted by the FDYS team also:
‘FDYS are delighted to be part of this exciting programme, over the weeks we have watched young people grow in confidence as they learn a variety of circus skills. We are very excited to have Sorcas Garman lead this year’s Coolcatts Halloween Fest where young people will showcase the various skills they have learned over the past few months’ said Eimear McMahon FDYS youth worker
The project is now coming to the end of this the first phase and invites you all to come and see their work as part of the annual Coolcatts Halloween Festival on 31st October from 5pm in Coolcotts, Wexford. A massive thanks was extended to all the partners for their commitment and support: Wexford Local Development, FDYS, Wexford Arts Centre, Local Link Wexford, Wexford County Council, Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network and Core Creations, without whom this project would not have been possible.
If you would like to support this project going forward, we would love to hear from you.
Please contact Debbie Roche/Eimear McMahon | Youth Workers with FDYS | www.fdys.ie