Creative fun at Cruinniú na nÓg
Free events for young people to be held all over County Wicklow
Young people all over the county are being urged to let their imaginations run wild and unleash their creativity as Wicklow hosts its second Cruinniú na nÓg next month.
The one-day event, which is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme supported by Wicklow County Council and RTE, will take place on Saturday, June 15, and will feature over 70 hours of free activities for under 18s around the Garden County.
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 Creative Wicklow Culture and Creativity Team, with support from local artists, arts organisations, creative practitioners and community festivals, activities include everything from sports and music to workshops and lots more besides. With a strong emphasis on participation, activities are designed to spark an interest and encourage the inner creative in children to try something new or fulfil a secret ambition.
Jenny Sherwin, Arts Officer at Wicklow County Council, is calling on all children and young people to take part in one of the free Cruinniú na nÓg events.
'The story, the song and the great outdoors are this year's Cruinniú na nÓg themes for County Wicklow,' said Ms Sherwin. 'It was a pleasure to curate this year's Cruinniú na nÓg in partnership with colleagues in heritage and libraries.
'We have eleven venues for workshops and performances and have a combined 70 hours of creative fun lined up. There is something for all ages, from 0 years with Wave in Greystones Library to 15 and over at the movies at Mermaid Arts Centre and everything in between. Many of our events are for the whole family. This year we have the inclusion of a large-scale family programme at Russborough House and Parklands with our family fun day.'
Among the long list of events planned for Russborough are an exploration dome, willow sculpture workshop, art workshops, tug of war taster sessions, balance bike skills and a performance by The Speks in the Hippodrome.
Elsewhere, events include a performance of Whistleberry Forest's 'Under the Wishing Tree' at Arklow Library; forest schools in Glenealy and Hollywood; magical Journeys with storyteller Joe Brennan at Blessington Library; Sounds, Sights and Sunprints at the East Coast Nature Reserve; a Lego workshop at Enniskerry Library; a singing workshop with Aileen Lambert at Scoil na Coroine Mhuire, Ashford; Let's Plant a Seed and a performance of The Secret Garden at the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely; fantastic folklore workshops at the Mermaid arts Centre; and Wave, a show specially designed for small babies, at Greystones Library.
All events are free, but it is recommended that places are booked in advance on Eventbrite.ie or people can turn up to the family fun day at Russborough House.
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said that Ireland is the only country to have a dedicated day of free creativity for 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,' said Minister Madigan.
The full programme of Cruinniú na nÓg events and participating venues can be found at https://cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie