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Yulefest Kilkenny Announces Collab with ReCreate Ireland and Cartoon Saloon

Yulefest Kilkenny is putting the spotlight on sustainability this year; working together with social enterprise ReCreate Ireland and four-time Oscar nominated Kilkenny based animation company Cartoon Saloon. This to transform selected shop fronts in Kilkenny into magical storyboards through the use of recycled materials.

Using a festive theme, ReCreate Ireland will guide the creation of shop window display pieces with primary schools across Kilkenny, inspired by Cartoon Saloon’s animated work. Over 25 workshops will take place during October which is reuse month and the materials employed will encourage children, their families, local businesses and visitors to question their role in a throwaway society along with the implications of single use plastics.

During October reuse month, selected primary schools across Kilkenny will be creating items such as festive baubles from reuse materials. These will include plastics, foil, wool and fabrics.

These 90-minute workshops will be directed by ReCreate Ireland and facilitated by local artists. They will prompt the opportunity to discuss sustainability and reuse in the children’s communities and to challenge everyone to be more sustainable this Christmas.

The baubles will then be featured as part of a window display in Kilkenny City. There selected shop windows will be transformed to tell a story through the well-loved characters that Cartoon Saloon have created. Passers-by will be encouraged to follow the journey to learn about the city and sustainability in a fun and engaging way.

Paula Lawler, director of Yulefest Kilkenny, says in a statement: “We are delighted to announce our collaboration with ReCreate Ireland and Cartoon Saloon for the 2019 festival. The Yulefest Kilkenny festival shares similar ethos with both organisations; fostering creativity, social inclusion and sustainability for curious minds.”

“We look forward to welcoming all festival goers to view the end results in our window display starting from the end of November. Also during the festival ReCreate Ireland will be delivering sensory sensitive workshops. All details can be found on our website closer to the time on www.yulefestkilkenny.ie.”

Yulefest Kilkenny is a Christmas festival that welcomes visitors and locals to enjoy and participate in a range of high quality, festive events in Kilkenny City and County. It takes place from November 22 to January 6.

2019 will be the fourth year of the event. Yet it is already getting the attention it deserves having featured in Sky Scanner’s ‘Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Ireland’ in 2018.

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