Phase 1


As we (Ireland) enter phase 1 of the national reopening plan, we hope you are all safe and well.

In the image you can see the guidelines for phase 1 that are in operation from Monday the 18th of May.

We can get through this, reopen and help to keep the vulnerable people in our society safe!

Remember to stay active and creative!


Sligo COVID-19 Community Response Forum

Contact information from the 'Community Response Forum' set up for Sligo!

Assistance for non-emergency situations include
- Shopping
- Medication
- Company
- Medical Appointments
- Meals

Well done @sligocountycouncil and everyone that is involved to help the vulnerable people in our local communities.




Hello from our Nest to yours.

We hope this message finds you safe and well.

Due to the situation with the COVID-19, current workshops and events planned in the Nest in the coming weeks are cancelled or rescheduled until further notice.

This is to ensure safety to the members of our community, help protect our more vulnerable citizens and help with the national prevention plans.

Here are some useful links you can look up for information:


The Civic theatre in Dublin has started an emergency fund to self employed artists/performers.

Further info via the link can be found on their website!

Please stay safe and remember to keep creative!

From all at Branching Out.


Sligo Cairde Arts Festival

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival Seeks Young People To Get Involved

Ever fancied running a festival or having a behind the scenes peek? Or wanted to bring your favourite musician or artist to Sligo? Now’s your chance.

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival (CSAF) returns from July 4th to the 12th 2020. As part of this year’s programme, Festival organisers are seeking to connect with younger audiences from across County Sligo.

Cairde Young Curators, is a major new initiative for the festival, focusing on those aged between 15 and 19 years. The Festival is currently inviting young people to join this new initiative and have their input on the Festival programme this summer.

The project will see a team of young curators work with the Festival team to program a special element of this year’s festival. The project will commence in mid February and run right up until the arts festival itself in July, where the young curators will meet, brainstorm ideas, research, explore, plan, document, get inspired and select their potential event. This event may come in the form of a live music gig, an interactive workshop, a visual art exhibition or none of the above – most importantly the ideas will come from the team – Giving a younger audience an opportunity to have their say in what is on offer during the arts festival.

If you would like to join this group, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival invites you to send in a short statement saying why you would like to be involved by Monday the 3rd of February to:

For more information check out our website: or follow @cairdefestival.

Cairde Young curators is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.


Branching Out Christmas

Christmas Gathering

All welcome for a gathering in the Nest on Wed the 11th of Dec from 7 - 9pm.

A way to round off the year and a chance to meet members, other groups, facilitators and artists involved in the Nest.

Snacks, Drinks (alcohol free), tunes and some workshops to drop in and try out. Feel free to bring along something to share.

This is a free event. A chance to see the space, try a bit of a workshop and meet the communities, facilitators and artists in use of the Nest.


Comedy Improv

Spilt Milk Festival

Coming to a Nest near you!!! Please spread the word 🙂

Problem Patterns is a four-piece punk band from Belfast, Northern Ireland, comprised of Beverley Boal, Bethany Crooks, Ciara King and Alanah Smith. While often lyrically tongue in cheek, no subject is off limits. They use their songwriting to vent frustrations on everything from personal conflict to political distress. Most importantly, Problem Patterns aim to create a space of inclusivity and hope with their performances.

Fri. 22nd / The Nest branching out with Marge Bouvier


Comedy Improv

Comedy Improv Workshop

Our Comedy Improv Workshops start back again tomorrow, Tue the 17th of Sept, from 8 - 10pm in the Nest.

Come along, try out some comedy theatre games and most importantly: have a laugh! All levels of experience welcome.
This workshop is currently 18+


Sligo Dance Experiences

Sligo Dance Experiences

Every Thursday starting on 19/9 until 17/10/2019 (join us any Thursday you like) @ 7:30 - 9 pm

Together, we are going to meet and experience the joy of MOVEMENT and DANCE in variations of movement exercises drawn from Contemporary Dance (mainly Release Technique) and guided Dance Improvisations with integration of Somatic Dance Practice – Guided Imagery. Within our Dance Experiences we will have a chance to work individually same as in duets/trios or in a group.

Release Technique: we will use this technique as a warm-up exercise to activate our body awareness, release muscle tension and use the gravity and momentum to facilitate efficient movement.

Dance Improvisation: will benefit spontaneous movement of each individual mover within the exploration of self-expression and connection to others. We will also deepen the art of improvisation through various dance dynamics in relation to body, time and space.

Guided Imagery: we will look at imagery-based regeneration such as constructive rest and rest session with possible touch to indicate the location and direction of image, to increase sensory awareness in an area of the body or enhance the effect of an image.

Please wear comfortable clothing to move freely, water to drink and some yoga mat/blanket for guided imagery relaxation within the end of Dance Experience.

Advance booking is essential!
Investment: €50 for full 5 weeks or pay as you go €12.

For bookings & info contact: Marketa Formanova (Theatre Dance Artist, Movement and Dance Teacher, Lecturer in Performing Arts and Early Childhood Care and Education, IT Sligo)
Phone: 0862364213
Messenger: Marketa Formanova


Yoga Workshop

Laughter Yoga Ireland: Certified 2 day Workshop

Train to be a Laughter Yoga Leader or just attend for your own health benefits. 1 Minute of laughter is equal to 10 minutes on a rowing machine, its an aid against depression, its a social glue to bring people together, along with many other benefits...

More info on our Facebook page.


Conscious Bazaar

The Conscious Bazaar, June 29th 2019

Following the success of our Christmas market "Conscious Christmas Bazaar" we are delighted to announce we will be returning to The Nest on a monthly basis beginning this month.

The Conscious Bazaar is a monthly pop-up ethical market with design, craft and food from local vendors, makers and creators.
We were thrilled with the response to our Christmas event and the number of people that braved the wet winter day to visit the market and are really looking forward to working with The Nest to create a home to what we hope will be a warm community of vendors and visitors passionate about a different way of shopping.

We are seeking applications for vendors in the following areas: design, craft (including but not limited to ceramics, woodcraft, jewellery), fine art, publishing, fashion & apparel, preloved & vintage items, eco goods, artisan food. Applications can be made from the pulled website -