Cruinniú na nÓg set to bring even more creative fun and flair

by Padraig Conlon

Local children and young people are called being upon to fire up their imaginations and take part in one of the free Cruinniú na nÓg events taking place around the county on Saturday 15 June 2019.

Now in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages participation by children and young people in creative activities in their local neighbourhoods and communities. 

Led by the local Creative South Dublin Culture and Creativity Team, with huge support from local artists, arts organisations, creative practitioners and community festivals, activities include everything from rope making to music to dance to performances.

The initiative is also supported by South Dublin County Council and RTÉ.

With a strong emphasis on participation, activities are specially designed to spark an interest and encourage the inner creative in children to try something new or fulfil a secret ambition!

Highlights of this South Dublin’s Cruinniú na nÓg include:

  • STEAM AHEAD – South Dublin Libraries Coding workshops
  • Feel the Beat – Hip Hop Dance Workshops
  • Early Starters – Early Years Music Generation Programme
  • ReCreate Family Fun Day in Corkagh Park
  • Playhouse Performances – Civic Theatre

Ahead of this years event, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD said:  

“Ireland is the only country in the world to have a dedicated day of free creativity for our children and young people.

“Although only in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg has already grown in ambition and scale with almost double the number of free activities taking place across the length and breadth of the country this year.

“This unique and important initiative helps us to deliver on our promise to enable the creative potential of every child and to give them the sense of accomplishment that comes with participating in a creative project that really triggers their imaginations.

Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTÉ, said: 

Creativity and community are at the heart of RTÉ’s new mission statement. 

“They are also core principles of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Cruinniú na nÓg, which makes this partnership especially important for us.

“Encouraging and supporting opportunities for children and young people to come together to experience and explore their creative potential is a brilliant initiative.

RTÉ supports over 130 arts and cultural events every year so recognizing and enabling artistic endeavor and creativity is something we take very seriously.

“We look forward to sharing in the excitement and fun on Saturday June 15 when the next generation of Ireland’s future creatives take centre stage on this very special day.”

Full event details for Cruinniú na nÓg are available at creativeireland.gov.ie

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