Update 9th October 2022:
“In light of the tragedy in Creeslough, the Wainfest Children’s Arts & Book Festival 2022 will not be proceeding this week. It is intended to reschedule the majority of the events in due course.
“Our deepest sympathies are extended to every person affected by the tragedy.”
The sound of children’s laughter filled Central Library this morning (23rd September) as Wainfest launched its programme of events for 2022.
As Donegal’s long-standing children’s arts and book festival, Wainfest takes place this year from 8 – 16 October.
The theme All Together Now or Le Chéile Arís is an indication that we can reconnect with each other again, and enjoy the delights of culture through the 160 events planned in the various cultural venues across the county, including Taobh Tire Points, Culture Division venues, partner venues and of course libraries.
Speaking at the launch, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Councillor Liam Blaney, explained how the festival is “a testament to the resilience of the library service, which weathered the choppy seas of Covid, and adapted its approach in its quest to inspire, engage, enable and connect”
He added “we are delighted that children across Donegal are invited to participate in a mixture of theatre performances, author visits, creative writing, science workshops, storytelling, STEM-based activities, and not forgetting special screenings of classic children’s film animations.
Launching the programme, Cathaoirleach Cllr. Liam Blaney also endorsed the partnerships which have been instrumental to the success of Wainfest over the years saying “I am delighted to see a strong collaborative approach sustained in 2022. It is this sort of commitment, ingenuity and collaboration that emphasises the important role local authorities play as providers of culture and creativity.”
Families can view the full programme of events that Donegal County Library Service has planned by picking up a brochure in your local library or cultural venue or checking out our website www.wainfest.ie