Over 25 free creative activities for under 18’s as part of Creative Ireland Programme initiative supported by South Dublin County Council and RTÉ. CEO of South Dublin County Council (SDCC) Daniel McLoughlin is calling on all children and young people to fire up their imaginations and take part in one of the free Cruinniú na nÓg events that will take place around the county on the 15th of June 2019Now 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. 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

 

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. Each of the activities and events have been carefully curated by our network of passionate and committed Culture and Creativity teams across the country. I would like to particularly thank the local authorities and RTÉ, who have been enthusiastic partners and collaborators on this event from the beginning, and also the many artists, arts and youth organisations, creative practitioners, festivals and communities who have helped to make this exciting new day of youthful creativity for children and young people a brilliant success.”

 

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD., added: “As a committed supporter of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme, I am very proud of the pivotal role which my Department and the local authorities are taking in supporting the creativity and wellbeing of our youngest citizens. Through the passion, care and investment by our 31 Culture and Creativity Teams, creativity is transforming our communities and Cruinniú na nÓg has a vital role to play in advancing this development.  I am particularly pleased that all Cruinniú na nÓg events are locally based and free so that as many children and young people as possible will have the opportunity to participate. I would encourage everyone to check out what is happening in your local area and to avail of the opportunity to make this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg the spark that ignites your child’s imagination and adventures in creativity.”

 

Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTÉ, says: “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. The diversity of creative activities available from gaming to a starter course in stop-start animation to Japanese kite-making is part of what makes Cruinniú na nÓg so unique. 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

 

Pictured above: Young Strings Player from the Music Generation South Dublin strings ensemble Tallaght Strings