108% Funded


Target: €2000


€2,165 Raised


44 Funders

Dragon of Shandon Parade 2016

By Cork Community Art Link


The Dragon of Shandon is a spectacular night time parade with a 36ft Dragon made entirely of tape and escorted by over 300 ghosts, ghouls and strange creatures, emerging from the underworld to walk with the people of Cork in a celebration of the ancient tradition of Halloween. The project is the result of an extensive outreach and community engagement programme, working with local groups and support services providing a platform for creativity while promoting social inclusion in Cork city. Cork Community Art Link’s focus is on engaging the communities and providing a cultural hub and outlet for creativity and skill-learning for all in Cork City and the surrounding areas, young and old. The Dragon of Shandon is the focal point of CCAL’s annual arts programme and is a creative partnership between artists and local communities that takes place on the night of October 31st, attracting thousands onto the streets of Cork City. In 10 short years the event and its processes have grown to actively involve a wide range of city-wide youth, community and arts groups and a participatory outreach programme that spans several months.

CCAL has worked with a wide range of communities and groups in Cork for over 23 years including the disability and health sectors, youth sector active age groups, schools, artists, arts institutions and higher educational bodies. We work closely with partners in the community, statutory and arts sectors to develop high-quality and socially inclusive participatory arts programmes. Core areas of work include the St Patrick 's Day Parade, 'What If' public art programme, the Dragon of Shandon and a World Book Day programme. All our programmes support participatory and community development processes. Our Artistic Director has over 20 years' experience in community street performance and his practice is shaped by a belief that the arts cannot be reduced to institutional and market driven conceptions and everyone has the right to create art and engage with culture on one's terms.

The increased demand from community groups and individuals for participation in both the outreach programme and the Parade itself, combined with the reduction in funding by the local authority, has put the Dragon's budget under severe pressure this year. It is important to us that the Dragon is wholly inclusive and anyone who wishes can participate, and we don't want budgetary constraints to prevent this.

All monies raised will be spent on materials for building props (1,000), artist fees (1,000).

There are risks involved when working with so many participants - up to 500 people, many of them minors. We have very strict child protection measures in place and all our event management staff and outreach facilitators are very experienced and have worked on the Dragon of Shandon Parade in previous years. We maintain close communication with all stakeholders throughout the lead-in to the event to ensure smooth operations.

The Dragon of Shandon is unique. It puts people at its core and relies on the goodwill of people like you to make it happen. We thank you for taking the time to find out more about it and hope that if you can help, you will.




Successful Fundit Campaign We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to everybody who donated to our recent Fundit campaign, as well as everyone who shared and publicised it! It was nail-biting coming up to the deadline today, but in the end, with your help, we got to our target of €2,000. In fact, we did better than that – we reached €2,165.! Thanks to your support, we're going to make the Dragon of Shandon Parade more wild, weird and wonderful than ever before! Your donation is going to help us to create amazing collaborations between community groups to produce something spectacular for the people of Cork this Halloween. Your contributions are really appreciated, and we can't wait to make this year the best Dragon yet!

Last day !!!!!!

It stay 2 hours for help us with our foundid campaign! Your donation will go towards our extensive outreach program and make it possible for more community groups and individuals to take part on the night. In return we have a number of rewards for you!


5 days to find 990 euros !!! We can do it!! Thank you to everyone who donated! Please share the donation link http://fundit.ie/project/dragon-of-shandon-parade-2016 with your friends and extended contacts and help us reach our goal.

Day 3 -Thank you!

Participating groups this year include also : Dragon Rock Band Butter Exchange Band Youthreach Knocknaheeny With €510 pledged so far, we're on our way, but we need to push over the line to make this community event happen !!! :D

Participating Group in this years parade

Now in its 11th year the Dragon has grown from a small community celebration of Halloween into Ireland's largest night-time street parade with over 400 participants involved. The parade is the result of an extensive outreach and participatory program that spans several months of workshops with youth groups, the community and voluntary sector, schools and voluntary participants. Participating groups this year include Joan Densie Moriarty School of Dance, Enable Ireland, Cope Foundation, Brook Centre, Youth Work Ireland, Camara studios, Super Stars Stage School, Blackpool Youth Club, Blarney CAA Club, Cork City Firebirds, Cork Dance Club Samba, Cork Life Centre, Les Doigts Toniques, Art Link Drama Group, Mahon Youth Development Project, Swing Dance Cork, Shawlies, New York Brass Band, as well as adult volunteers.

Here we go!

Our fundit campaign and gone live and within 1 day we have already reached 25%. thank you to our first sponsors!

funders (44)

There are 35 public funders of this project

There are 9 anonymous funders of this project