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Macnas Halloween Parade 2014 & autumn news

Posted on: September 12, 2014

This year’s Macnas Halloween Parade will light up the Galway streets on Sunday 26th October. We will blaze a trail of mischief, magic and mayhem that celebrates Halloween : Samhain as it was meant to be – wild, raucous and mythical.

If you think it’s important to keep this tradition alive then you can help by donating to our Parade Campaign online and spreading the word. We really appreciate donations of any amount, and your help telling people online and in person also means a lot to us.

We hope to have giant marionettes, 300 bespoke costumed performers, original live music, masks and fire providing the potion for our annual commotion. The Macnas Halloween Parade is a free, civic event that brings tens of thousands of people out onto the Galway streets to embrace creativity, mayhem, the surreal and the spectacular. If you would like to ensure the future of this spectacle, you can donate online to our Halloween Parade Campaign now!

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated and talked us up so far.



Rave Reviews for Macnas at Wilderness

On 9th August Macnas presented an outdoor spectacle in collaboration with pyro-specialists And Now: at Wilderness Festival, UK (see photos, right). The performance featured the horse, hare, stag, boy explorer, wolf and butterfly in a beautiful celebration of love and imagination, culminating in the burning of And Now:’s  40ft high Tower of Babel. The Huffington Post heralded the performance as ‘simply stunning’ and listed the event in their top three Festival Highlights, while the Observer newspaper described it as ‘unforgettable.’ It was the company’s first time presenting an event of this scale at a UK music & arts festival and hopefully it won’t be the last!

Macnas at Wilderness Festival 2014 from Macnas Ireland on Vimeo.


Culture Night: Galway, Dublin & Limerick

On Friday 19th September, institutions everywhere throw open their doors for a free feast of culture throughout the country. Following the last three years of performance workshops and ‘open house’ evenings in Galway, Macnas is now bringing some Culture Night magic to Limerick and Dublin as well as our hometown.

Charlie Byrne’s bookshop – winner of Irish Times Best Bookshop in Ireland 2013 and shortlisted again in 2014 – will host a Macnas display in its Middle Street window from Wednesday 17th September. Showcasing our bespoke, award-winning designs, we will present a rare opportunity to see Macnas masks, props and costume static and up close, so swing by!

In Limerick, we will be presenting two performances of Rumpus! as part of the Limerick City of Culture programme 2014. We’re very excited to be part of the fantastic year-long celebrations Shannon-side. Keep an eye on the Limerick City of Culture website for details of times and locations.

In Dublin, the Cockroach and some of his friends will be keeping Grafton Street on its toes. Look out for us by RTE Arena’s special live broadcast and if you’re not around the capital, maybe you’ll hear us making mischief in the background.

Wherever you are, we won’t be too far and we hope to see you out and about on September 19th, supporting this brilliant initiative.


Young Ensemble

Our Young Ensemble classes will reconvene this September with some new recruits and seasoned performers. We’re looking forward to having The Field bustling again each and every Thursday evening as they devise and rehearse for this year’s Macnas Halloween Parade.


Macnas Brass Collective

Are you aged 16 or over and do you love tooting your own horn? For this year’s Halloween Parade, we are rolling out a brand new project thanks to support from The Ireland Funds. This year, we are putting together an ensemble of brass musicians that will embody the Macnas spirit and take an animated   sound and sass to the streets during this year’s Halloween Parade. We will be recruiting musicians across Galway so if you are interested please email admin@macnas.com for further details. Terms and conditions apply.


Next Stage

Macnas would like to congratulate everyone selected for this year’s Next Stage artist development programme as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. Among those who will be participating are Emma O’Grady and Grace Kiely who have performed with us many times at home and abroad. Have a great time guys!


Photo by Danny North for Wilderness Festival

Macnas Halloween Parade 2014 & autumn news