13/06/19

Cruinniú na nÓg is back! Ireland’s national day of creativity for children and young people takes place on Saturday 15th June

Minister encourages young people to unleash their creativity and participate in free events in Creative Ireland Programme initiative

  • Over 750 free creative activities across the country for under 18’s
  • Highlights include a brand new festival for children by children – Right Here Right Now – at the Ark Cultural Centre for Children; Rebel Streets – a music and street art festival in Cork city; a virtual reality adventure into the medieval world of Saint Catherine’s Church in Donegal; run away and join the circus or the Vikings at the Love Lough Lannagh Arts and Adventure Festival in Mayo; a dazzling inferno fire show at Sky Court, Town Square in Clare … and much more.
  • Cruinniú na nÓg ambassadors kick off events on the day – Sarah Fitzgerald hosts a book clinic for young readers in Cork, Adam Cunningham inspires young coders at Tech Féile workshops in Galway city and the world premiere of Ben de Barra’s first film The Happy Garden in the Omniplex, Balbriggan

Now in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg is back and it is even bigger this year with over 750 free creative activities for under 18’s programmed across the country on Saturday 15th June.  An initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme supported by the Local Authorities and RTE, Minister Madigan today (Thursday 13th June, 2019) encouraged young people to join in the fun and participate in something creative in their local area for Cruinniú na nÓg.

With hundreds of free events, workshops, exhibitions and performances, and a special focus on starter workshops to encourage young people to try something new, Cruinniú na nÓg is an opportunity for children and young people to fulfil a secret creative ambition or showcase their inner creative hero!

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD., said: “Ireland is the only country in the world to have a day of free creativity for children and young people. Although this is only the second year of Cruinniú na nÓg, it has already become a firm fixture in our cultural calendar with over 750 free creative activities programmed all over the country on Saturday 15th June.

I am particularly pleased that there are so many starter workshops in this year’s programme.  This could be the moment that sparks your child’s imagination and a lifelong love of culture and creativity, whether it’s fulfilling a secret ambition to design a new game code, creating a piece of temporary art during a local forest walk or composing a first symphony.

I would especially like to pay tribute to the Culture and Creativity teams across the 31 Local Authorities who have curated a really impressive range of events for all ages and interests.  And to our partners RTÉ who have been an invaluable supporter of Cruinniú na nÓg from the very beginning.”

Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan to enable the creative potential of every child and young person. It aims to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity in activities such as art, music, coding and theatre workshops, performances, exhibitions, readings, film screenings and much more.

To mark the second year of the initiative, three young Cruinniú na nÓg ambassadors were appointed to advocate and encourager young people to get involved in something creative on the day and try one of the free local workshops or special events.

Cruinniú na nÓg takes place on Saturday 15th June next with full event details available at https://cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie.   Be inspired by the A to Z of creativity here.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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