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Apple Festival 2021

Féile na nÚLL 2021 – The Community Apple Festival. Saturday the 18th & 19th of September – Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Part of the European Day for Sustainable Communities.A CELEBRATION OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES TAKING ACTION FOR A HEALTHIER, FAIRER, REGENERATIVE EUROPE.

Saturday 18th September  I 19.00 to 22.00 I €10.00 
Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre, Cloughjordan Ecovillage


SHAKALAK I THE WOOD OF O I SPOKEN WORD WITH  MEL WHITE AND JOHN CUMMINS I DJ OLLIE MOORE I STORIES AND CONVERSATIONS 
The opening of the Cloughjordan Ecovillage’s annual celebration of apples and community takes place at the Community Amphitheatre with a wonderful evening programme of stories, spoken word and music that showcase local and national talent. 


This is the last event of the season on the community amphitheatre and part of the European Day of Sustainable Communities.

Limited tickets.
Bookings can be made here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/168497822523


Sunday 19th September  I 13.00 to 18.00 I € free
WeCreate – Cloughjordan Community Enterprise Centre, Cloughjordan Ecovillage

ECOVILLAGE TOURS AND PRESENTATION I APPLE PRESSING I MARKET AND FOOD STALLS I APPLE BAKE CONTEST I SHORT TALKS AND WORKSHOPS I FARM TOURS I FAB LAB TOUR I OPEN MIC I FILM SCREENINGS I GAMES 

On Sunday the 19th a ‘pop up’ Farmers Market with food, craft and information stalls will be held at the WeCreate Workspace. Bring your apples for mashing and pressing and, if you have an apple pie or tart recipe you are proud of, consider entering the Apple Bake contest. 
There will be tours of the ecovillage and community farm and also talks, workshops on local food, community power and transformative learning. Dancer Rita Marcalo (Instant Dissidence) will introduce short films from her dance project examining our connection with nature and our role within our food systems. Play Connect 4 Resilience or giant eco-jenga, dance at the Little Green Disco and enjoy some original music at the Blue Door – Open Mic Sessions showcasing upcoming, independent artists from the Midlands. 

This exciting programme celebrating apples and community starts at 1pm on Sunday 19th September at WeCreate Workspace, which is located off the Shinrone Road entrance to Ecovillage. Full details can be found on the events page on www.thevillage.ie

For details and further information see www.thevillage.ie 

Timetable

13.00 – 18.00 – Market and Food Stalls ( Food Hub), ‘Appledashery’  -Bring your apples for pressing. (Night Orchard) Games (Giant Jenga and Connect 4 Resilience) 


13.00 – Opening Apple Bake Contest (In memory of Devyn)Submissions – Bring your bake to WeCreate from 13.00 to 15.00
Three categories –  a. Under 15s b. Home Bakers  c. some professional experience’ The announcement of the winners takes place at 17.00


14.00 – ‘Community-Led and Cooperative Local Food Systems’  An introduction to Cloughjordan Community Farm’s Food Hub. In this session the benefits of the North Tipperary Farmers Market will be outlined and a demonstration of its use given. The opportunities for capacity building through the Open Training Network and for all communities using the OFN platform will also be introduced. 


15.00 – 18.00 -Blue Door – Open Mic Sessions (Food Hub)
Showcasing upcoming, independent artists from the Midlands. Come and enjoy some original music. If you are interested in performing email Joanna at bluedoorsessions@gmail.com


15.00 – Ecovillage Tours and Presentation
Leaving from Sheelagh na Gig on Main Street


15.00‘Community Power’ A short presentation outlining the benefits of local energy from Ireland’s only Community Owned Renewable Electricity Supplier – communitypower.ie


15.30 WeCreate Fab Lab Tour
An opportunity to see the Digital Fabrication Lab and find out what can be made here. 


16.00 – ‘Transformative Learning and Communities of Practice’ Presentation from Peadar Kirby on transformative learning. Plus an introduction to the ‘Communities of Practice’ from Cultivate.


16.30 – Instant DissidenceFilm Screenings – Dancing With Eco Farmers
Rita Marcalo (Instant Dissidence) introduces the result of her Summer iteration of …As If Trying Not To Own The Earth is co-commissioned by Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival and Dublin Dance Festival, in association with SIRIUS. Supported by Dublin City Council Arts Office. Additional support by Cloughjordan Community Farm. An Instant Dissidence production.


17.00 – Apple Bake Contest Announcement of the winners of the three categories. 


17.30 – Farm Tour (CCF) 

Apple Festival 2021

Féile na nÚll Apple Festival, Sustainable Community Fair @ Cloughjordan Ecovillage, 23 September 2017

From 11am there will be a Little Food Fair with stalls from Night Orchard, Wildfire Pizza, Back Lane BBQ, Lime Tree, Walnut Books and Harmony Gardens.  Throughout the day there is apple pressing – bring your own apples! There will be a apple bake contest and activities for all the family. Some of the highlights are a workshop on our relationship to money and a preview of local playwright Joanna Ryan-Purcall’s adaptation of Children of Lir on the Community Amphitheatre. (see the full schedule below)
11.00 – Opening – Celebrating Sustainable Community (WeCreate)
A short introduction to the European Day for Sustainable Communities and our Féile na nÚll
11.00 – The Little Food Fair (Outside WeCreate)
On going throughout the day with delicious local food from local producers
11.00 – Apple Pressing (Outside WeCreate)

Ongoing throughout the day. Bring your apples for mashing and pressing. Up to 15kg pressed for free.

11.15 – Opening of the Apple Bake Off (WeCreate)
Contestants can leave their entries from this time until 16.00 – note there is a €2 entry fee.
11.30 – Our Relationship with Money (1.5 hour workshop in WeCreate Classroom) NEED TO PROMOTE SEPARATELY
Sustainable communities often have a different way of working with money, but how might the personal relationship we have with money now be getting in our way?  In this interactive, engaging workshop, money coach, Karen McAllister, will introduce 8 money archetypes and with the help of facilitator, Chris Chapman, will explore their relevance to those of us working towards more sustainable communities and the potential for us to approach our relationship with money differently. We are inviting people to ‘pay from the heart’ for this workshop – come along and find out what that means! For more details on mindful money coaching, please see http://themindfulmoneycoach.com/

12.30 – Pony Rides (ongoing)

12.30 – Apple Identification – A tour of the orchard of heritage apples.

13.00 – Real Bread – Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School (WeCreate – 20mins)

13.30 – ECOLEARN – Ecovillage Presentation and Tour (WeCreate Main Space followed by a walk around the project – 1.5 hours)

15.00 – Fab Lab Tour (WeCreate 15mins)
15.00 – Composting Demonstration (Leaving from WeCreate to Compost Demo area – 30 mins)
15.30 –  A performance of Children of Lir (Amphitheatre – 30 minutes – if raining in WeCreate)
This short physical theatre adaptation of the Irish classic story where four children are transformed into swans and cursed to roam the oceans for nine hundred years. This play explores separation and coming together, identity, exile, loss and transitioning.

15.45 – Cloughjordan Community Farm Walk (Leaving from the front of WeCreate)

16.00 – Apples and Local Food Culture (Amphitheatre – 30 minutes – if raining in WeCreate)
A discussion on apples as a core element in a bioregional approach to resilient communities.

17.00 – Apple Bake Off – announcing the winners (WeCreate)

 

That evening from 7.30 there will also be a SpeakEATsy. This is a shared meal, music, spoken word and a public conversation with professional surfer turned organic farmer Fergal Smith. Booking can be made here