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Getting ready for the Small Size - Big Festival in Newry in February are from left: Orla Jackson, Newry Chamber of Commerce; Donna McConnell, Newry City Centre Management and Grainne Powell, Sticky Fingers. Photograph: Columba O'HareWith delegates coming from as far away as South Africa, Canada, USA, Korea and Japan, together with all of Europe represented, the Sticky Fingers hosted Small Size - Big Festival held in Newry from the 6th to the 9th of February will certainly give us all the opportunity to raise the profile of Newry, our Small City with a Big Heart.

Twenty events will run during the four days for children of different age groups with a mixture of local children's theatre and groups from throughout Europe performing, as well as a night performance at Narrow Water Castle from Sticky Fingers themselves.

Sticky Fingers was established in 2002 to promote and develop high quality arts and cultural events, bringing art, music, theatre, digital media, dance, storytelling and major artistic events to children and families across Ireland. 

They are an award-winning arts organisation and are supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

They believe that it is every child’s right to take part in and enjoy arts events and are proud to be giving children the opportunity to experience specially devised performances, probably for the first time of their young lives, close to home.

Small size, big festival closes the "Small size, big citizens' project, conceived and developed by Small size, the European Network for the diffusion of performing arts for early childhood.

This unique project involved and wove together artistic and cultural organisations from 12 European countries.

Now after five years of intensive activities (productions, workshops, meetings, publications, exhibitions and many other events aimed at spreading a culture of arts and early childhood), it ends with a big final festival hosted right here in Newry!

A selection of the events include:

Searching Finding Friends from HELIOS Theater, Germany

Opening the mouth, rolling the tongue, pressing the lips together – sounds start flowing. Sounds and letters and words and rhymes. What a wonderful toy! One can whisper to each other or shout something - quick quick and there is rhythm. And you can even sing. A little tune. Together.

There are too looking for a friend - a real one. But how do you find him? And where? How does he reveal himself as such? They look everywhere and finally...they find him, no, they found each other – yes, friend found!

www.helios-theater.de

Age range: 4+ years

Duration: 45 Minutes

Venue: Sean Hollywood Arts Centre Thursday 6th February at 10:00am & 5:30pm 

Price: £3.50 child, £5.00 adult

Moondance from Sticky Fingers

As the sun goes down, the creatures that live in the Mournes come to life to play and dance with the moon. Join them in a stunning setting to witness and be part of a spectacular and magical experience through lights in the grounds of Narrow Water Castle.

There will be magic, lights, music and of course, surprises!

Age range: All ages (DRESS FOR OUTDOOR)

Venue: Narrow Water Castle

Friday 7th, Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th February 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm & 8:00pm

Price: £3.50 per person or family ticket: £12.00 for 4 people (any combination such as 2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children but all children must be accompanied by an adult).

Mirage in an EGG from Teatrul Ion Creanga Romania

Stepping, through a tiny entrance, into the universe of imagination, children discover the world with the help of a miracle built out of colour, music, body language and all sorts of sounds that interconnect the real and the fantasy lands.

“Mirage in an EGG” invites the youngest audience to a captivating adventure into childhood’s land of the imaginary.

www.teatrulioncreanga.ro

Age range: 1-4 years

Duration: 30 minutes

Venue: Newry Campus West

Friday 7th February at 10:00am & 4:30pm Price: £3.50 child, £5.00 adult

Little Red Riding Hood from La Baracca - Testoni Ragazzi Italy

On stage, the two actors tell us the popular tale of Little Red Riding Hood, taking turns to play all the roles, and both willing to be the wolf. Together with few, essential elements (a red pillow, a basket and some bushes), they take the audience to the places of the story. By running away and chasing each other, the characters retrace Little Red Riding Hood’s path in the woods, to finally enter the wolf’s belly. And when they come out, they will be willing to tell the story again, just like children do when they ask their mother to read it again once it is finished.

www.testoniragazzi.it

Age range: 3-6 years

Duration: 50 minutes

Venue: Newry Town Hall

Saturday 8th February at 11:15am & 5:30pm Price: £3.50 child, £5.00 adult

Explore, Engage, Enjoy from Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Northern Ireland

Come and experience the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum on your door step! Come along and experience living history and a way of life from 100 years ago. Try on costumes from the time of Titanic, watch how soda bread was cooked on the griddle or learn how to make a seasonal love token or a willow star.

Age range: Family

Venue: Old Mill (Edward Street) Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th February - 10:00am to 4.00pm

Free

Tickets are available online at www.stickyfingersarts.co.uk and from the Box Office at 9 Monaghan Street, Newry. Tel: 028 3025 7885 (048 from ROI)

Ticket price for shows (unless specified): Children: £3.50 Adult: £5.00

All information is correct at the time of printing.

Check out all the events happening in the Newry.ie Events Guide

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