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 commis- sioned artists, fantastic costumes and a specially commissioned music score and has continued to evolve.
The 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.
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.
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 reinterpret 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 re-cently ‘migration as central to the Irish consciousness’ adding that ‘ Ireland had been transformed from a place where people were forced to leave, to somewhere that now has the opportunity to be a place of welcomes’.
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; South Dublin County Music Generation supported by Creative Connections.