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The Carnival of Collective Joy 2023

A celebration of the creative imagination of school children across County Carlow.

The Carnival of Collective Joy returned to the festival in 2023.

Carlow Arts Festival and our project partner VISUAL once again worked with young people from local schools to design and deliver Carlow Arts Festival's centrepiece carnival which will paraded through the streets of Carlow on Saturday 10th June, for Cruinniú na nÓg.

In 2023, we collaborated with pupils and staff at St Joseph's NS, Hacketstown, St.Fiacc’s N.S., Graiguecullen, Scoil Mhuire N.S., Tullow, and St. Patrick’s N.S., Rathvilly.

Over 3 months, the children busily created a spectacle of wild and wonderful creatures, guided by the carnival's Creative Director Selene Murphy and Assistant Creative Director Susanne Kennedy Horsch, with support from Music Generation Carlow and Waterford.

“Carnival is something people create and generate for themselves”
Mikhail Bakhtin

Supported by the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts.

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