The organisers of Midleton Arts Festival will once again hold a drum circle at the Monument to Choctaw Nation this Halloween, on Sunday, 29 October.
The three-pronged event will begin at 10am with two workshops held at Midleton Community Centre before finishing with a drum circle from 3pm at the Kindred Spirits sculpture in at Bailick Park, Midleton.
All three events composing the upcoming Kindred Spirit Drum Circle event are free of charge and open to people of all ages.
The first of the day’s events will run from 10am until noon with a drum making workshop at Midleton Community Centre. This workshop will showcase how to use a variety of junk material such as plastic bottles, sticks, lids, buttons, tin cans, plastic and cardboard tubes, etc. to make drums. The second part of the day’s events will be a rhythm workshop to teach drumbeating held at the same venue from 12.30pm until 2.30pm.
The third and main event will be the Halloween Drum Circle at Bailick Park from 3pm.
“All the day’s events are free,” said Belinda Walsh, one of the organisers of the event. “We were lucky to received funding from Creative Ireland. We are delighted with the funding because it means we can have this and offer it for free. We will have two workshops at the community centre, both run by two artists each including myself, and then everybody will go to the Kindred Spirits feather sculpture for the drum circle. All events are family friendly and everybody is included.”
The Kindred Spirits sculpture, created by Alex Pentek, commemorates the donation of $170 (approximately $4,400 today) to the Irish people made in 1847 by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in response to the Irish Famine.
The Kindred Spirit Drum Circle originates from and expands upon the hugely successful and highly publicised drum circle event, Awaken Kindred Spirits Drum Ceremony, which took place as part of the Midleton Arts Festival in May of this year in recognition of the kindness of the Choctaw Nation.
“It came about from the success of the last drum circle,” said Ms Walsh. “There was just a fantastic feeling there on the day. Everybody got involved, old and young. It was held to celebrate the generosity of the Choctaw Nation. We are hoping we’ll get a good crowd again.”