Kildare’s Joy to the World exhibition opens

Joy to the World, the exhibition of how different cultures celebrate this time of year, has once again breathed new life into the old courthouse in Kildare Town.

Joy to the World, the exhibition of how different cultures celebrate this time of year, has once again breathed new life into the old courthouse in Kildare Town.

Supported by Kildare County Council Arts Service, Joy to the World, is once again curated by local Kildare artist Susan Boyle.

It opened on Saturday last, 
December 8.

The collection includes artifacts, mainly cribs, from traditions all around the world.

It had 2,000 visitors last year and featured on RTE’s ‘Nationwide’ programme.

More so than having a strictly Christmas theme, the exhibition is about how every culture has a different way of dealing with the darkness of winter, finding the light – or the hope – at the darkest hour.

And as Susan Boyle explains, it’s actually an exploration of the great art of storytelling, as told through the medium of the various cultures’ interpretation of the dead of winter.

“On their own, the exhibitions are one thing, but when you add the storytelling performance element into it, it opens it up so much more,” Ms. Boyle said.

The exhibitions were gathered largely by writing to all of the ambassadors to Ireland from different countries, or writing to the Irish ambassadors to other countries.

The exhibition runs daily until January 5, except for December 25, 26 and 31, and January 1.

For more details ring or to arrange tours and group visits ring Susan on 0863712572.

- Conor McHugh