Minister Madigan announces programme of over 300 free events as part of Cruinniú na nÓg – a national day of creativity for children and young people

Today (Wednesday, 30th May), Josepha Madigan T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht announced a full range of events and initiatives right across the country as part of  Cruinniú na nÓg, a Creative Ireland Programme initiative.

A new national day of creativity for children and young people, Cruinniú na nÓg takes place on 23 June 2018 in every county in Ireland. 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.

Presented in partnership with the 31 local authorities and RTÉ, over 300 child-centered events will take place in local towns and neighbourhoods across the country.  All events are free and activity-based, with plenty of opportunities for young people to harness their imagination and unlock their creativity by ‘doing’, ‘making’ and trying something new!  This initiative is being rolled out by the Culture Teams within each Local Authority across the country as part of the Creative Ireland Programme.

Minister Madigan was joined at the announcement today by students from St Enda’s Primary School, who have been working with artist Orla Kaminska on creating a new mural for their school wall as part of Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg programme, which is focused on creative projects led by young people themselves in their own localities.  Speaking today Minister Madigan said:” I am delighted today to present a full range of exciting and fun events and initiatives taking place across the country on 23rd June as part of our first Cruinniú na nÓg.  It’s a big invitation to children and young people of all ages to get out there and try something new and creative in your own community.  There will be something for everyone – dance workshops in Kerry , creative writing in Donegal, coding workshops in Offaly, music workshops in Cork City, battle of the bands, interactive art projects and musical picnics in Dublin City”.

She continued: “I would like to thank the Local Authorities and the Creative Ireland Programme coordinators in particular for helping us to run this new programme of events – enabling the creative potential of all of our children and young people is a key priority for the Creative Ireland Programme and I am looking forward to attending events in my own community on 23rd June”.

Cruinniú na nÓg is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is presented in partnership with the Local Authorities and RTÉ.

Cruinniú na nÓg information and event details can be found at creative.ireland.ie/cruinniu #MyCruinniu

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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