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Jul 25, 2016

Sunrise Children's Festival 2016


The unique Sunrise Children’s Festival at Brigit’s Garden, Co. Galway, was celebrated in true family-fun style over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th July this year. Families travelled from near and far to witness and experience a weekend full of magical activities in the beautiful, natural and fairy-like surroundings of the Celtic Gardens. The sold out festival was the first of its kind in Ireland and the plentiful five star reviews prove its one to watch in the future.

We are over the moon with the success of Sunrise in its first ever year”, said delighted Big Bubbles Event Manager Aidan Potter. “Thank you to all the families that attended and to our wonderful crew and staff of Brigit’s Garden for making this happen”.

Sunrise Children’s Festival ran for over two days with free overnight camping for families on the Saturday night. The festival featured a packed programme in three main tents: Mainstage with live entertainment, puppet shows, yoga, Big Bubbles tent with giant interactive games, Animal Roadshow and Star-Gazer Hammocks, and a Down to Earth Green Crafts area with willow crafts and fairy making! The line-up included local musician and entertainer Aindrias de Staic, local reggae band the Clandestinos, Matty Rea from Belfast amongst others. The highlight of the festival was the children and families dressing up for the Warriors and Goddesses’ parade through the gardens led by the Macnas Hare. The entire audience gathered around a bonfire that was especially light to congratulate Galway city and county’s recent win of becoming the European Capital of Culture 2020. It ended with a terrific fire spectacular by Cork duo Light It Up before all families head back to the camp grounds and rest before another day of fun ahead.

Brigit’s Garden, a not-for-profit organisation and community resource for those in County Galway, was delighted to host and welcome all families to this unique event especially all of the local families from Moycullen, Oughterard and County Galway and all of those who tavelled from afar- Dublin, Belfast, Kilkenny, Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Mayo and more! We look forward to seeing you all back here next year!

Further information: 

Sunrise Children’s Festival official Facebook page 
5 Star Reviews  
Sunrise Uncut (in-house photos plus shared photos) 
Sunrise Children’s Festival Events Page  

"The festival was amazing! The most beautiful setting and so many activities and music and dance and circus fun and animals. We had the best weekend ever. Well done to the organisers, staff and entertainers, ye were all so kind and welcoming. Please, please, please do it again next year!" *****

"Fabulous weekends had by us all, kids and big kids! Couldn't fault a thing. Special thanks to all the staff involved (especially the crew in the cafe) super long hours and lots of effort put in this weekend but there wasn't a time we weren't greeted with a smile. This weekends memories will be smiled over often. Thank you :)" *****

"This was the most magical children's festival. I am so happy to of been allowed to work with such an amazing crew. Everyone had smiles on their faces. I had so much fun. Thanks for such an amazing weekend. Can not wait to do it again x" Big Bubbles Event Management Crew Member *****

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