Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas, Fri 12th to Sun 21st August 2022

For the Love of Water festival is part of the ACT Waterford community arts project which has 5 artists working with 5 communities in Waterford to look at issues connected to climate change.

Artist Karen McBride’s project is based in Kilmacthomas and is looking at water and river systems. She has organized a series of FREE events over 3 weekends at the Rainbow Hall in Kilmacthomas, located in the large tipi facing the mountain and the source of the River Mahon.

The focus of the project is a celebration of the beauty, preciousness, and supreme importance of water. 

Week 1 of For the Love of Water went extremely well.

Drumming from John kicked it off with a great thumping beat, then Edel gave a wonderfully relaxing nature mandalas workshop, and on Sunday Suzie took participants on a journey with salmon and then brought them to the banks of the river to discover the amazing variety of tiny life living there.  They also made a mural. 

For the Love of Water week 2 events are as follows:

  • Friday: John will start things off again with another drumming session from 7 -8 pm 
  • Saturday:  We will walk through the magical crough woods and then have a picnic and a swim in the pools at Mahon Falls.  Meeting at Crough Cafe in Mahon Bridge at 12.   The weather is meant to be spectacular. 
  • Sunday:   I will be giving a Water Warrior Workshop from 12 – 2.  If you want to enter the pantheon of the Water Warriors, come along and make a mask, take the oath of the water warrior, and then have your portrait taken.  Also on Sunday,  come along for a biodiversity walk with local legend, Alan Walshe,  called ‘Beneath the Rapids’ from 3 – 5 pm. 

For The Love of Water week 3 events are as follows:

  • Friday: Be Water Yoga with Kieran McBride – slow moving, nonathletic, meditative style of yoga suitable for all ages and levels of physical ability, 7-8pm.
  • Saturday: Water Warrior Workshop 2 – make masks from nature based bio-degradable materials, 3-5pm. Music by the river with Niamh and Aisling, 7-9pm.
  • Sunday: Cycle City with Una Dunphy & Kieran McBride – explore the urban landscape in Waterford and design a new map of the city and region that marks out a fullu connected network of cycle lanes and walkways, 11am – 1pm. For the Love of Water Ceremony with Karie Mcshane – a ceremony of sound and celebration for the Mahon River, from it’s source to sea, 3-5pm.

Click here to see the full festival events and times.

Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas, Waterford

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