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‘Full steam ahead’ at Wainfest launch 19.09.19

IT was full steam ahead for Wainfest 2019 as Cathaoirleach Nicholas Crossan, along with pupils from St Eunan’s Primary School Raphoe launched this year’s programme at Oakfield Park on Tuesday, September 17th.
Wainfest, Donegal’s children’s arts and book festival, takes place from 5 – 13 October where schools and families can "Expect to Connect" with 54 family events and 105 school events in over 30 locations over an 8-day period.
Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan pictured at the official launch of Wainfest with Perrin the Elf, Professor Peartree and students from St. Eunan's Primary School.
Speaking at the launch, Donna Cavanagh from Donegal Library Services explained how the festival had transformed since its inception in 1996 into “a festival which has proven its ability to engage, enlighten and involve children in high quality cultural events in their community.”
She added "this year we are delighted to announce a visit from best-selling children’s author, Holly Webb, who has published well over 100 books and has agreed to happily answer any questions our budding young authors might have. We have magic with award winning magician Jessica Harkin, lego animation workshops, circus skills workshops, film screenings, virtual reality in the museum, YouTube workshops, yoga, beautiful theatre productions, sensory events and a range of events for babies and toddlers.”
Perrin the Elf entertaining pupils from St.Eunan's Primary School at the official launch of Wainfest 2019.
Pupils from St Eunan’s Primary School were treated to a ride on the steam train and stories from Perrin the Elf and Professor Peartree - a taste of what to expect from Wainfest 2019.

Wainfest Events in Inishowen include:
• Mr. Hullabaloo’s Storytime Treats - join Mr Hullabaloo the magical storyteller and his colourful puppet friends at Carndonagh and Buncrana Library on Saturday, October 5th.
• Bricks4Kidz Lego Workshop at ICARE Buncrana on Friday, October 11th.
• Song of the Sea (animated film) - tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse, the last remaining ‘Seal-child’ at Inishowen Maritime Museum, Greencastle on Friday, October 11th.
• Toddler Sense - classes are full of fun, excitement and adventure at Carndonagh and Buncrana Library on Saturday, October 12th.
• Vegetarian Brunch with the Henry Girls - a morning of tastes and sounds at The Exchange, Buncrana on Saturday, October 5th.
• FabLab Workshop - this hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the concept of making things using digital fabrication technologies at Spraoi agus Spórt, Carndonagh on Saturday, October 12th.
• Messy Play - bring your toddler along to the messy play event and indulge your little one’s imagination and sense of adventure at Spraoi agus Spórt, Carndonagh on Thursday, October 10th.
• Sensory Play - stimulates children’s senses via touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing at Spraoi agus Spórt, Carndonagh on Wednesday, October 9th.

To see all that's on offer in 2019 visit www.wainfest.ie or pick up a programme from your local library or council office.
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