New national culture day Cruinniú na Cásca to bring communities together at Easter
A new national day of culture and creativity will take place nationwide on Easter Monday as part of the Creative Ireland programme.
RTE will present the events of Cruinniú na Cásca that will be held across Dublin city centre from 11am to 6pm on April 17.
The annual free festival - directly translated as “a meeting at Easter’ - will also be held by each of the 31 local authorities in every county across the country.
Cruinniú na Cásca aims to celebrate contemporary Irish society through live music and dance, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings, special events and more.
The special celebration follows on from the successful RTÉ Reflecting the Rising which was held in Dublin city centre last year as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Heather Humphreys were joined by RTE Director General Dee Forbes to launch the first Cruinniú na Cásca.
"The theme for Cruinniú Na Cásca 2017 is diversity and inclusion. As a people, as communities, we can only benefit from taking a day every year to think seriously about ourselves, to have important conversations – but also to share our experiences and to come together to enjoy our cultural heritage and the work of our artists and performers," the Taoiseach said.
"I firmly believe that Cruinniú has the potential to enrich our social and cultural lives long into the future.”
Minister Humphreys said there will be a wide series of family friendly events right across Dublin city centre, curated by RTÉ, with events of a large and small scale also happening in every county nationwide.
"We want to encourage people to become involved in the cultural life of their own county through a national day of creativity. We have set ourselves some ambitious targets for year one of Creative Ireland, with Cruinniú na Cásca top of the list," she said.
Highlights in Dublin and around the country include:
*Live performances from Crash Ensemble, the Academic, Booka Brass, Slow Moving Clouds and Landless in Dublin City Centre
*Workshops on DJing, illustration, film, TV and radio production in Smithfield Square
*A Céilí Mór and an international Dance Zone at the Custom House
*Siamsa Tire will take over the town park in Tralee, where visitors will be able to enjoy Beautiful Beasts, an exhibition of sculpture for children, presented by The Ark.
*Athenry has a full programme of creative fun, with archery, juggling, drums and sambas, traditional crafts as well as Irish music, song and dance at multiple locations in the town.
*In Abbeyshrule, Co. Longford, a Cruinniú na Cásca event will take place at dusk at the 12th century Cistercian Abbey, and will include an evocative programme of performances by local artists.