Sticky Fingers’ International Children's Festival returns this month and it will be well worth waiting for, with a brilliant and exciting line up to keep the little ones busy this October. 

The Festival sees the return of the much loved Comedy String Quartet, making classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old.  We are proud to present the Irish Première of the international award-winning performance of  Pinocchio, a slightly darker with a thrilling twist of this traditional tale by the renowned Spanish theatre company La Baldufa. We also welcome the Tales from Old Japan and their enchanting, mysterious and hair-raising stories of magnificent Mount Iwate. Keeping within the season, we are delighted to host “Spookies”, a felt workshop by local artist Caoilfionn Murphy-O’Hanlon. And of course, there is much more for every one to see and do!

The Irish Première of the international award-winning performance of  Pinocchio will feature at the festival.
The Irish Première of the international award-winning performance of Pinocchio will feature at the festival.

The spectacular showcase event  “The Ghost of Halloween” is set to take centre stage, appropriately timed over the Halloween weekend with witches mixing potions, trolls playing tricks and of course the infamous fairies who have taken all up residence at Narrow Water Castle during the magical season to bewitch, and play tricks on unsuspecting little visitors and perhaps upset some of the more long standing ghostly residents of this ancient castle.

“Sticky Fingers’ Festival 2016 will not fail to delight with much loved characters, magic and mayhem. We are delighted to showcase a selection of our favourite international theatre from the far corners of the world, programmed especially for local children, creating long lasting happy memories.” says Grainne Powell, Sticky Fingers’ Chief Executive.

The Ghost of Halloween follows on from a number of successful productions staged at Narrow Water Castle with each event becoming bigger and better.  The 2015 “Fairytale of Christmas” attracted over 7,000 people from across Ireland with many families traveling from as far as Derry- Londonderry, Limerick and Coleraine to participate. 

The Ghost of Halloween at Narrow Water Castle will be held over three days (29th to 31st October). It has been devised especially as a family experience together with something to appeal to all ages. Availiabity is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

“The Arts Council is committed to making the arts accessible to everyone in our society. We are delighted to support the impressive Sticky Fingers Festival which introduces children to the very best professional, international and local arts. For many children and families, the festival is their first experience of live arts and is an important means of improving wellbeing for children and young people. This years festival includes something for all tastes and I congratulate Sticky Fingers for yet another enchanting programme of events.”

Sticky Fingers’ Festival 2016 and “The Ghost of Halloween” are funded and kindly supported by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland, Tourism Northern Ireland, BBC Children in Need and the Foyle Foundation.

For tickets and booking information or telephone  028 30 25788

Download the programme below.


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