The Macnas Parade returns to Galway City on Sunday 30th October from 5.30pm.
This year sees Macnas promote the next generation of spectacle artist in showcasing the work of Orla Clogher who is the designer of Savage Grace.
Other exciting developments sees My Fellow Sponges climb aboard a Macnas magical float and create wild and wondrous tunes as part of the magic. Meanwhile, the musical director Orlagh de Bhaildraithe is composing new work for the parade this year and Costume designer Cherie White is at the helm inspired by this year’s innovative design and concept.
Macnas Artistic director, Noeline Kavanagh is passionate about the next generation of spectacle artists and performer in Ireland, and there are now 60 young people aged between 15-23 attending workshops on a weekly basis at their base in Fisheries Field, Galway.
The Macnas workshop programme has seen the company give birth to the Macnas Brass Ensemble, and this year Macnas will be working with Éimhín Cradock and Cloughanover drummers in Headford with plenty of flames, flares and excitement to set the streets on fire with their new emerging Street Percussive Ensemble.
The expansion of their Young Ensemble led by Miquel Barceló, now involves 60 young people from all over Galway city and includes a collaboration with the amazing Youth Ballet West, led by Judith Sibley from Galway.
In the hands of these brilliant young people, Macnas will continue to evolve and exist for another 30 years, continuing to manifest new and extraordinary ideas that leave an impact on an audience and in our public landscape that will resonate well into the future.
Macnas are working with artists, actors and citizens who have all come together to be part of this year’s epic and innovative parade. Macnas are very grateful to the artistic, performance and production ensembles that makes up Savage Grace and to all the volunteers for making the magic happen.