I could use some help, please. I’m looking for information, or resources for information, on the Celtic nations.
Our area (Dallas, TX) has a large Irish Festival (this was the 28th year and we had around 74000 people through the gates in 3 days), and we have a decently large Scottish festival. The group that puts on the Irish Festival is starting a new Celtic heritage festival this year. We’re trying hard to not compete with the Scottish Festival or the Irish Festival, but instead to focus on ALL the Celtic nations.
I’ve been working at our Irish Festival for 4 years now, mostly in the Children’s area (Urchin Street). I’m also going to be working in Urchin Street at our new festival, and we’re trying to figure out how to highlight in particular the other Celtic nations – Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Asturius & Galica. I’ve basically been told if I can’t come up with other cool craft ideas, that we’ll mostly be doing just knot work this year. Nothing against knot-work, I just feel we should be able to come with other stuff to do, too. We can include Ireland & Scotland, too, but since we already have 2 large festivals focusing on them, we’re trying to highlight everyone else. (Although since I’m also involved heavily in the Irish festival, new ideas for there would be wonderful, too.)
We usually try to have 4-8 different free crafts for the kids to do while in our area. The children that come to do the crafts range in age from toddlers to early college, so we can usually work with a variety of skill levels. We also have a budget to get supplies with, and since we’re the same people working the already established Irish Festival we have some supplies already on hand, so it’s not like we’re having to do things for free or for what we can scrounge.
So, does anyone have any articles, websites, coloring pages, books I can try to find, anything that would help me come up with ideas and projects that can help highlight the cultures of the Celtic nations, especially other than the “Big Two”?
Oh – I almost forgot to mention – our new festival is the first weekend of October, so I do have some time for working on this.
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