Festival of Creative Chaos to mark
Halloween in Moville
A FESTIVAL will take
place in Moville later this week that aims to
restore the traditional Celtic values of Halloween.
The Festival of Creative Chaos, including a
performance by The Henry Girls, will take place on
Saturday, October 26.
The event will hark back to “ancient times and
ancient beliefs” when the annual celebration was
known as All Hallow’s Eve or Oiche Shamhna.
The organisers say Halloween was traditionally a
date in the calendar that was not about
“market-fuelled consumption” or “shock and gore”.
Rather, it was a way of marking the strongly-held
belief that “the veil between worlds was at its
thinnest and movement between these worlds was
“It was a time surely of mischief, but good-humoured
mischief with no intention to do harm. Celtic belief
held that Samhain was the beginning of New Year. We
have the opportunity to let go of all that no longer
serves good purpose, all that is not conducive to
life. The opportunity for great creativity arises,”
a festival spokesperson said.
“At this time in our history as a species on the
planet we are experiencing a time of great darkness
and chaos and this can be very frightening. We
believe, however, that now is the time to reach back
to our ancient roots, our ancient wisdom that we
collectively carry, and use this wisdom to enable us
to see differently.”
The Festival of Creative Chaos will take place from
10am to 5pm at St Eugene’s Hall with an
action-packed programme of events including talks by
an Extinction Rebellion participant; climate and
biodiversity discussions; fishing in the Foyle;
music, poetry; zero-waste workshops, art and more.
Everyone is welcome. See programme below...
10am Gathering Together
10.30am Welcome with music from Seoirse O’
10.45am The Climate and Biodiversity Emergency.
Speaker: Claire Thompson, Extinction Rebellion.
Please note: There will be ‘Inter-Species
Empathy Games’ for children which will run
parallel with Claire’s talk. Facilitated by
11.15am A Young Person’s Response to a
Speaker: Odhran Lafferty, student strike leader.
11.30am World Café Discussion and feedback
2pm The Four Directions Ceremony
• Zero Waste and the Circular Economy.
Zero Waste North West.
• Re-Wilding The Foyle
Kevin Moore, local fisherman.
• Earth Rights.
Lynda Sullivan, Friends of the Earth
• Dreaming for Earth Through Art.
• The Pollinator Patch Plan.
3.45pm Techno Peasant
4pm Workshop feedback with tea/coffee.
5pm Festival Close with The Henry Girls.
interludes will be provided by Kathryn Daly.