DesignFest Clonmel will take place from Thursday 3rd to Tuesday 8thof November in Clonmel and organisers have just announced their exciting family friendly programme of family events.
Friday 4th of the Halloween Holidays is full of activities for children with two special Halloween themed BrickFlicks Stop-Motion Lego Workshops taking place at the County Museum from 10am–12.30pm and 2-4.30pm. The workshops hosted by CreateSchool give participants a chance to learn how to make a spooky set, create a zombie invasion and then have your favourite Lego character save the day, all this getting filmed into small movies and shared via Dropbox and YouTube!
There will also be a super Design Thinking workshop for Teenagers at Place4U from 3-5pm that same Friday. The workshop, facilitated by Julia Marino, an experienced Multimedia Manager and Designer with a Masters in Interactive Multimedia from Ohio University, will explore how to apply the learning from Design Thinking to project work for school and life, using a combination logic, imagination, empathy and systemic reasoning. Julia has produced award-winning publications, stories, and designs for education non-profits, including PBS and for a start-up that teaches problem-solving skills.
Saturday 5th of November is a real treat for children with Colmac Robotics running hands-on workshops at Clonmel library where children learn the basic principles of Robotics by building Robots using LEGO NXT Robotics kits while more complex principles will be introduced in afternoon workshop.
Other events to be enjoyed ‘en famille’ are the Switch Project which will run throughout the week in four empty shop windows in the town centre featuring short films on a design theme. From empty shop windows to art installations, the Switch Project aims to promote and show contemporary video art in a public context, providing an alternative way to navigate a familiar place and create possibilities for a ‘happened upon’ encounter.
On the evening of Saturday 5th November, the free NightLights Art and Design Trail will take place from 6-9pm through the streets of Clonmel. The night-time trail start at the Main Guard, taking in the Switch Project and shops and landmark locations on Mitchell, Parnell and Anglesea street, showing projected images featuring the best in Digital Arts and Design, including Deirdre Feeney’s magical glass house!