Every evening this week we have been projecting a piece created from Majid Adin and Stephen McNally’s amazing artwork for the Rocket Man music video. A new soundtrack has been created for these pieces by one of our Musical Directors, Gerry Horan. If you’re in the area be sure to drop by and check it out on the back wall of Rua Red Arts Centre between The Civic and Tallaght Library
Unwrapped is coming soon…
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.
UNWRAPPED is an annual winter celebration. Children, young people, and communities of all ages join professional artists to “unwrap” the festive winter season through a combination of music, performance and visual arts.
This year we tell an alternative festive tale! Winter’s dark days are
a time of the year when anything can happen. The Wren Boys, a group of magical travelling players, come to town and conjure up a Christmas spirit.
Setting out on an adventure accompanied by 6 Reindeer and a cheeky spirit called Puck, they meet Jack and Jill Frost along the way and awaken an icy Snow Queen.
Faced with a total FREEZE, our heroes & heroines have to find a way to melt the Snow Queen’s heart and save the world…
Hundreds of costumes, props and decorations are being made for Unwrapped 2015 by artists Tadashi Kato and Dee Pouch, who are working in Tallaght Community Arts Making Space. Over 200 children, young people and adults from South Dublin County’s youth, school, disability and community arts, performance and music groups will be participating in this years performance.
Unwrapped 2015 happens on Saturday the 5th December 2015 at 4.45pm in Chamber Square outside the County Library, Tallaght. It is a family friendly event, and free to all to attend.